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Old 06-02-2012, 10:19 PM   #31 
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Hey maisy.... It's possible that it is fishy tuberculosis... Apparently it is extremely common to find guppies with it, and one of the symptoms is extreme bloating that doesn't really go away.
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:16 AM   #32 
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It could be a new strain.My country has some that may look like yours,my lfs call it balloon guppy.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:45 AM   #33 
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It was never like this before - I've had it for around 6 months and only in the last week did he start to look like this.

I don't think it's fish TB.
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:22 AM   #34 
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Well if it just started, it wouldn't be a balloon guppy.

How is the fella doing anyways?!

Hey, balloon guppies are hybrids, right? Much like balloon mollies. I had problems with the mollies because their births were so much more difficult, and I found the black marbles often died during or after birth :/ The closest thing we have here to balloon guppies are overfed, SBD, pregnant, or constipated guppies
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:17 PM   #35 
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Hmm, well this points to tuberculosis...

If not, does he just pig out too much when eating? Guppies don't seem to know when enough is enough XD. Have you tried qt-ing him or feeding him seperately?
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:43 PM   #36 
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Weird question but can't fish TB come from bad environment if it is a bacterial infection making the bely swell? I've seen hundreds of guppies with it.
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Old 06-06-2012, 07:09 AM   #37 
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I stopped the fasting after 2 days as it wasn't doing anything. :( He's getting slightly bigger. When I went to check on him this morning he has developed a tumour/sore ON the hugely swelled belly. >:( It's like a lump with a red outline on it. :P

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Old 06-06-2012, 07:14 AM   #38 
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I have a question - can humans contract fish TB? I read a site that said never to reach into a tank with TB with my bare hands. I just did a water change last night. with gravel siphoning. ;(
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:05 AM   #39 
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Sena... I'd guess so. I mean, apparently it's a freakishly common issue, and in the link I posted, Diana Walstad was talking about how even some breeder guppies might have it. :/

Maisy: I dunno.... From what I read, the only way you could get it is if you have open cuts or sores on your hands and you forget to wash them afterwards. Personally, I have a feeling that you'll be alright. :) Immune systems are wonderful things~ Oh, and the poor boy... does he seem in pain or distressed? Because if he is, you might want to consider humanely euthanizing him :(
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:16 AM   #40 
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Well I say always wash your hands after handling amphibians/animals/tank water anyways :p

And wow. So basically... in the last 2 years the TB for the fishies has become literally 80% of guppies -.- ouch. That's not a good thing. I just thought they were overfed, but they never deflated o_o
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