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The fish swelled belly

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Those who have long or recently had an aquarium, probably know the feeling of anxiety for health and even life at the sight of a “ward” who has changed his usual behavior or appearance. One of the common causes of such experiences is bloating in the fish.

In this article we will try to figure out what could be its causes and how to correct the situation.

This is perhaps the most pleasant and innocuous reason for the abdominal distention in the fish. In the abdomen of the female, caviar is formed and developed, due to which the stomach can become quite impressive.

What to do: be patient and wait for spawning, while at the same time properly caring for the future mother.

Some fish swallow large chunks of food, which then can be in their body for up to several days, inflate their stomachs and cause indigestion. To prevent this from happening, crush the food into smaller pieces.

The lack of restraint in the diet leads to obesity in fish, as a result of which their stomachs swell again.

What to do: unfortunately, there is nothing to be done here, in 99.9% everything ends in death.

Such fish during life often additionally suffer abdominal edema and cannot multiply due to obesity of the ovaries and testes. And there can be only one advice – do not overfeed.

This trouble often catches the fish in aquarists who do not attach importance to the quality and diversity of feed. The stomach and intestines can inflame.

The fishes become lethargic, weakened, their body color and fins darken, their excrement changes, the sense of balance is lost, and the abdomen swells. Appetite is preserved.

What to do: do not get involved in dry feed; wash, soak, and, if necessary, disinfect the feed (bloodworm and pipe sweeper); to diversify the diet.

Bring it into the aquarium with the soil, snags, plants, snails, food or fish from a natural pond or other already infected aquarium.

Identify the disease can be ruffled scales, making the fish look like a pine cone, rapid breathing, weakness, dullness of color, inflammation and swelling of the abdomen and sides.

Viral and bacterial infections lead to the disease. And also it occurs against the background of hexamitosis. Fish of all species and ages can catch it, but old, weakened, obese, experiencing constant stress and individuals living in poor conditions are at risk.

The disease is contagious, enters the body through small wounds on the body.

  • For prevention – to create normal conditions for life, feed correctly and in a variety of ways, and keep new fish in quarantine before being placed in a common aquarium.
  • For healing, place in a separate vessel and make therapeutic baths with special preparations. You can buy them in pet stores. Learn the proportions and treatment regimen from the instructions.

You can bring them into the aquarium with live food, but this rarely happens. Most often they do not harm.

But if there are too many of them in the body of the fish, then everything could end in its death.

What to do: treat drugs for worms that are sold in pet stores.

Its pathogen is the vibrio bacterium. Disease prone fish living in salty or brackish water.

However, bacteria can get into the freshwater home pond with seafood.

All fish with poor living conditions and weakened immunity are at risk.

The disease can occur acutely or chronically and is manifested by lethargy, apathy, rapid breathing, desire for solitude, subcutaneous hemorrhage, changes in the skin of the fin on the back, tumors, ulcers, etc., including abdominal distention.

Often, vibriosis is confused with other infectious sores, and only a research in a laboratory can reveal the truth.

What to do: put in quarantine and treat with antibiotics, nitrofurans and sulfonamides, adding them to water, as well as chloramphenicol (for food). All drugs are purchased at the pet store, and the dosage and time of treatment are indicated in the instructions for them.

Prevention consists in thorough care, disinfection of water and feed, control of nitrates, nitrites and ammonia in water.

Cichlids of East African water bodies are susceptible to this disease. It was first found in fish from Lake Malawi.

Symptoms are similar to dropsy, but this is a completely different disease. Little is researched.

It can be identified by lethargy, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, or increased breathing. At first, the fish keeps near the surface of the water, but during the day, the belly is very swollen and it can no longer swim, lies at the bottom.

Death occurs a maximum of three days.

The causes of the disease are considered to be poor quality water, the presence of sodium chloride in water for a long time, a diet consisting only of dry fodder and mammalian meat.

What to do: exclude the causes of the disease. You can try to cure broad-spectrum antibiotics, but their effectiveness has not been proven.

Fishes often die before suffering, therefore they are most often subjected to euthanasia.

Swollen or very large belly may be in fish – unsuccessful experiments of breeders. Such individuals are considered underdeveloped and inferior.

In conclusion, we can add that slow flowing swelling may be due to tapeworms, obesity, or a tumor. And rapid – due to pathogenic bacteria or poor conditions of detention.

Take care of your fish, do not let their food and life drift.

Aquarium fish has a swollen belly: the reason and what to do?

The bloating of the fish is of great concern to many owners of domestic aquariums, especially at the initial stage of breeding pets. Then aquarists experience the slightest external changes or changes in fish behavior. The most common problem of aquatic inhabitants is bloating.

The reasons for its occurrence can be both bad and good, so you should learn to distinguish between them.

This disease has some distinguishing features. The main one is ruffled scales, from which the fish resembles a pine cone.

Also, the fish observed rapid breathing, weakness and dull color. The disease occurs as a result of viral or bacterial infections, and hexamitosis occurs with the disease. Old individuals, weakened fish or obese fish are susceptible to dropsy.

Unfavorable conditions of maintenance, frequent stresses also contribute to the infection of aquarium fish. In order to prevent edema, it is advisable to keep the fish in conditions that are optimal for them, to feed them moderately with high-quality and diverse food, but to keep new fish in quarantine.

This is perhaps the most pleasant and innocuous reason for the abdominal distention in the fish. In the abdomen of the female, caviar is formed and developed, due to which the stomach can become quite impressive.

What to do: be patient and wait for spawning, while at the same time properly caring for the future mother.

Some fish swallow large chunks of food, which then can be in their body for up to several days, inflate their stomachs and cause indigestion. To prevent this from happening, crush the food into smaller pieces.

The lack of restraint in the diet leads to obesity in fish, as a result of which their stomachs swell again.

What to do: unfortunately, there is nothing to be done here, in 99.9% everything ends in death.

Such fish during life often additionally suffer abdominal edema and cannot multiply due to obesity of the ovaries and testes. And there can be only one advice – do not overfeed.

If the fish is confirmed inflammation of the stomach and intestines, then this indicates a lack of a variety of feed. Symptoms of this disease in waterfowl pets:

  • Weakness.
  • Darkening of the color of the fins and body.
  • Lethargy.
  • Loss of balance
  • Changes in excrement.
  • Stomach swelling with preservation of appetite.

In order to prevent this disease, it is worth reducing the consumption of dry food by small fish. It is recommended to do their washing, soaking, disinfecting the bloodworms and the pipe worker, to diversify the diet.

You can bring them into the aquarium with live food, but this rarely happens. Most often they do not harm.

But if there are too many of them in the body of the fish, then everything could end in its death.

What to do: treat drugs for worms that are sold in pet stores.

Its pathogen is the vibrio bacterium. Disease prone fish living in salty or brackish water.

However, bacteria can get into the freshwater home pond with seafood.

All fish with poor living conditions and weakened immunity are at risk.

The disease can occur acutely or chronically and is manifested by lethargy, apathy, rapid breathing, desire for solitude, subcutaneous hemorrhage, changes in the skin of the fin on the back, tumors, ulcers, etc., including abdominal distention.

Often, vibriosis is confused with other infectious sores, and only a research in a laboratory can reveal the truth.

What to do: put in quarantine and treat with antibiotics, nitrofurans and sulfonamides, adding them to water, as well as chloramphenicol (for food). All drugs are purchased at the pet store, and the dosage and time of treatment are indicated in the instructions for them.

Prevention consists in thorough care, disinfection of water and feed, control of nitrates, nitrites and ammonia in water.

Cichlids of East African water bodies are susceptible to this disease. It was first found in fish from Lake Malawi.

Symptoms are similar to dropsy, but this is a completely different disease. Little is researched.

It can be identified by lethargy, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, or increased breathing. At first, the fish keeps near the surface of the water, but during the day, the belly is very swollen and it can no longer swim, lies at the bottom.

Death occurs a maximum of three days.

The causes of the disease are considered to be poor quality water, the presence of sodium chloride in water for a long time, a diet consisting only of dry fodder and mammalian meat.

What to do: exclude the causes of the disease. You can try to cure broad-spectrum antibiotics, but their effectiveness has not been proven.

Fishes often die before suffering, therefore they are most often subjected to euthanasia.

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