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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-17-2010, 03:37 AM Thread Starter
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VERY bloated platy

Hi all, i need help with my platy.
Ok so i used to have 5 platy, 3 females and 2 males. At some point in time all the females have had babies.
I'm now left with two females and they are both big coz they're old and probably full sized but one of them is just massive. Her belly is very swollen BUT i'm pretty sure she doesn't have dropsy as her scales have never stuck out and her eyes don't bulge, she's just incredibly swollen.
Sometimes she just kind hangs in the water with her nose aiming towards the floor, so she's vertical in the water but when it's feeding time she eats fine and gets excited by the prospect of food like all the other fish do before they get fed.
Is there anything i can do for her? All my other fish seem fine and the other female platy isn't swollen like her.
It's been months since i had males in the tank with them, this couldn't be a pregnancy mishap or something could it? Like the babies are still in her coz she couldn't give birth or something?
I'm really stumped and can't find the solution online without sites telling me it's dropsy.
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It could technically still be pregnancy, females can store sperm from past matings.

I assume you've already tried fasting her so the next step, assuming this isn't a pregnancy and is just bloat, is an epsom salt bath. I have to leave now so I can't write out all the details but search on here or Google "epsom salt bath" .




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Thanks for the advice, i've never heard of a salt bath for fish before. First off though i'll try the pea trick, i don't really want to distress my fish
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Thanks for the advice, i've never heard of a salt bath for fish before. First off though i'll try the pea trick, i don't really want to distress my fish
Remember, you need to use epsom salts, not regular salt. That's really important (salt dips have their own purpose, though!).

Good luck, hopefully it's nothing major .




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