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PostSubject: Female Bristlenose with swollen belly   Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:10 am

Hi, in the past couple of days, I've noticed my female bristlenose has a swollen belly.
I've had her about 8 months. She's about 2 1/2 - 3 inches long. She's been kept with a male bristlenose the whole time (we brought them together).

In the past 3-4 weeks, Clyde (male) has been hanging around the entrance to his log 95% of the time (prior to this he hung out in his log about 75%-80% of the time)
Bonny (female)'s belly is looking slightly swollen now, not as bad as some of the pictures of bloat, but still noticeable! She's still happily swimming and eating, and is still a lot more active than Clyde.
Ammonia, Nitrate and Nitrite are all 0.

Could Bonny have bloat? Or could she be carrying eggs? Will try get a picture of her belly soon
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PostSubject: Re: Female Bristlenose with swollen belly   Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:30 am

could be either based on the info given.

I would throw in some blanched peas just to be on the safe side

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PostSubject: Re: Female Bristlenose with swollen belly   Sat Apr 02, 2011 11:39 pm

Thanks. When we checked on them again last night, there were eggs in the back of the log (YAY). Bonny still has her swollen belly.

Off to the aquarium shop today to get more info (and a new filter at a guess!)

How long will Bonny be swollen for, and any special precautions for the eggs/fry?

We are in the process of moving the other fish to a different tank (we were upgrading anyway, this just sped the process up!), so it will just be Bonny & Clyde in the tank with the eggs.

Thanks again and happy (or hoping! :P) it wasnt bloat! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Female Bristlenose with swollen belly   Sun Apr 03, 2011 12:08 am

WOOHOO!

she will take a day or two de-swell.

In terms of what to do just let the male do his thing. its what he has evolved to do Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Female Bristlenose with swollen belly   Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:20 am

My bristle nose has a swollen belly and at the bottom it’s like a big ball will she be ok.
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PostSubject: Re: Female Bristlenose with swollen belly   Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:22 am

Have a read of this. Bloat is a horrible illness but it can be beaten if its not too far along.

http://www.bristlenoseworld.com/t1592-bloat-desease

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PostSubject: Re: Female Bristlenose with swollen belly   Fri Apr 29, 2011 2:37 am

critterse wrote:
My bristle nose has a swollen belly and at the bottom it’s like a big ball will she be ok.

She did but thank you for your halp love this site..
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PostSubject: Re: Female Bristlenose with swollen belly   Fri Apr 29, 2011 2:02 pm

critterse wrote:
critterse wrote:
My bristle nose has a swollen belly and at the bottom it’s like a big ball will she be ok.

She did but thank you for your halp love this site..

I'm assuming you meant to type "She died" if so I'm sorry for your loss Sad .

What had been her diet prior to becoming bloated, was it possible it was caused by to much protein?







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PostSubject: Re: Female Bristlenose with swollen belly   Sat Apr 30, 2011 3:49 am

jim.and wrote:
critterse wrote:
critterse wrote:
My bristle nose has a swollen belly and at the bottom it’s like a big ball will she be ok.

She did but thank you for your halp love this site..

I'm assuming you meant to type "She died" if so I'm sorry for your loss Sad .

What had been her diet prior to becoming bloated, was it possible it was caused by to much protein?




I have 9 mixed bc in a 4ft tank I have been feeding them Zucchini, cucumber and algae flaks but I did put some peas in the tank could that be it.


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PostSubject: Re: Female Bristlenose with swollen belly   Sat Apr 30, 2011 10:16 am

The diet seems fine, possibly could add more variety of veg. De-shelled peas act as a fish laxative that's why they are useful in treating bloat. I feed mine peas at least once every two weeks, not only do they love them but I feel it helps in the prevention of bloat.
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