one of my tiger barb has realy extended stomach, do these ge...

6 years ago #1
georgialeapee
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one of my tiger barb has realy extended stomach, do these get larger when they lay eggs. anyone have any knowledge of these, thanks

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6 years ago #2
johnarthur
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That could indicate some type of internal parasite, especially if her excrement is white and stringy. Sometimes, a bit of mushed up pea (no hull) will help clear their digestive system. What are you feeding the fish, and how often do you change part of the aquarium water? Is her tummy so swollen that her scales stick out?

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6 years ago #3
georgialeapee
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i do a partial water change once a week and feed them flake and dried blood worm. the scales arnt sticking out, the stomach is extended down the way rather than out to the side if you know what i mean. the tiger is still very active and showing no signs of sickness, thanks

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6 years ago #4
Smilyface
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i dont really have any experience in tiger barbs but it sounds as if she is pregnant...unless the bottom of her inlarged stomach is a kind of pinkish colour. it turns redder by day and its some sort of internal disease. but she might just be pregnant!

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6 years ago #5
johnarthur
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If the tiger barb has no signs of diseases or parasites, she could be gravid with eggs. If you have a male and want them to spawn, set up an aquarium with some leafy plants. Feed the barbs frozen brine shrimp or other high protein foods for about a week, then put them into the spawning tank. After some preliminaries, they will scatter their eggs over the leafy plants. The pair should be removed as soon as spawning is over, because they will otherwise eat all of the eggs.

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6 years ago #6
georgialeapee
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thanks very much for your advice. i dont have a second tank, but it wont be a problem the eggs been lay in my existing tank will it.

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6 years ago #7
achintya
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ya you should have to buy another hatchery tank...

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6 years ago #8
georgialeapee
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im going to try and get a cheap tank hope i havent left it to late thanks

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6 years ago #9
danimil
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I have very similar situation: my tiger barb developed huge stomach. Between feedings this fish just stays almost still in the water nose-down in some hiding places. The fish doesn't appear sick - it's very coloreful and eats really good, but her behavior between feedings is odd. Since I also have a rosy barb that stays close with big-belly tiger one, chasing it all the time, I thought that tiger could be female gravit with eggs and rosy one is ready to fertilize them. However, nothing has been happening for more than a month! They don't lay eggs, they don't change the behavior, and the belly is huge. I didn't do anything to inspire them to lay eggs (lower water lever, more greens, special diet, etc), but can the fish stay gravit for such a long period of time? If they are not gravit, could they be sick and still eat so well and look so well? I will appreciate your inputs.

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6 years ago #10
johnarthur
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As posted earlier, the tiger barb likely has a disease or parasite, especially if she is acting lethargic. Does she have clamped fins?

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6 years ago #11
danimil
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thank you for your reply!
the gills look good, and the when the fish is feeding it looks like healthiest fish in the tank. What's also strange is that if the tiger barb is sick, why the other rozy barb that does not have the large belly and also looks healthy shows such odd behavior

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6 years ago #12
georgialeapee
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my tiger barb is just same as before but still seems healthy so im just going to see what happens whilst the is showing no signs of sickness, on tiger barbs 2 of them seem to have this head to head dual, they dont seem to chase each other just head to head anyone have any idea many thanks.

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6 years ago #13
johnarthur
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It could be spawning behavior.

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3 years ago #14
jenn
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how long is a tiger barb gravit with eggs until she is ready to lay them?

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3 years ago #15
harissh
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but why my tiger barb always stays down at not swimming

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3 years ago #16
johnarthur
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Unusual behaviors can be signs of illness. Here are some of the things that happen when the aquarium contains ammonia:
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/ammonia-poisoning-the-shocking-facts-1491.html

One ammonia source is uneaten food, so feed no more than the fish eat in a couple of minutes. Also remove accumulations of uneaten food and other decaying organic matter. A turkey baster works for that chore.

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2 years ago #17
Sarah gamble
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Can u tell me if this tiger barb is pregnant

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2 years ago #18
amneris3
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It's possible, but that fish looks like it could be bloated. Try feeding some boiled, deshelled peas to remove any blockages. I would also take the fish out of the breeding trap. Breeding traps are extremely stressful for fish. Barbs lay eggs anyway, so breeding traps don't work for them. The eggs need to be fertilized externally.

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2 years ago #19
Sarah gamble
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Is frozen peas ok and ill take it out of the birthing tank

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2 years ago #20
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Changing aquariums will stress the fish. I believe the suggestion was to take the fish out of the breeding net. You may also want to check and correct water quality as outlined in this link:
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/solving-water-quality-issues-1924.html

If the aquarium has poor water quality, the fish will be unlikely to recover. On the same subject, if you try to feed the fish several shelled peas, it's likely to pollute the aquarium. See if the tiger barb will eat a small piece of pea, and remove anything that does not get eaten.

If the pea does not work in a day or so, a more potent laxative is Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate). Add one or two teaspoons for every ten gallons, and wait about three days for it to work. The next step up from Epsom salt is an antibiotic, which could have unwanted side effects.

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2 years ago #21
Stembaby
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Thanks so much for that

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2 years ago #22
Raj
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My Green Barb has swollen & yes its scales are sticking outside, even the eyes, What could be the problem, what can I do

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10 months ago #23
michelle
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hi there. I have taken her out of the big tank and stuck her into a small tank. Her belly is extremely swollen and she dopes moove much for past few days. keep chekimh her but the belly is just getting bi9gger lol

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10 months ago #24
FishObsessed
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Hi michelle,
If you have a question about a fish, please use the Ask A New Question box above. Give as much details as you can, tanks size, fish, water parameters, photos of the fish etc.

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8 months ago #25
quiver
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Do we need to keep a male along with the pregnant fish separately?

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8 months ago #26
Beth-Louise
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Hiya John my stepped barb has a swollen belly & it's pinkish on the bottom, what should I do..?

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6 months ago #27
Jwalke15
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Sounds like your fish had dropsy.

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