I asked if females can have trouble swimming due to being "eggy" I didn't get answer. However, thanks to Mattsbettas I at least know what it's called now from seeing post he made about another topic. I am sure this is what is happening to my female. She gets so swollen (white can be clearly seen) she can't swim to the bottom and she just sits on top bracing herself on floating plants. Every 4-5 days the eggs I presume are released and she can swim normally again. This is causing problems with me feeding her if I give her a normal feeding it makes it worse. Normal would be 4-5 pellet spread out over the day. So she is getting one pellet a day which still affects her. Sometimes I have to skip a day. I am worried about doing this. Is there anything I can do? She is in a skinny stage today I'd like to keep it there.
Well it's only been since this morning and she is beginning to fill up again and cannot swim normally. She is not in sight of a male I have cardboard in between the separate tanks. Could she still smell him and perhaps that is the problem?
This doesn't really sound like egg binding. Is she in the same tank/shares water with the male? Egg binding and egginess doesn't really fluctuate this much like you say it is. Maybe try a 3 day fast/Epsom salt treatment?
honestly, if this is normal for a female, I would not prevent it, it's just natural and should not kill her. It's like women hate their periods, should we stop it? I know guys would try to find a millions cures for PMS =D
It doesn't seem to make her life pleasant. It says it will take youtube 45 minutes to upload both videos I have. I am still going to post them here as well. Because I think this is a relevant topic that most people who don't plan to breed would not give enough thought too. I've read some articles online where people say their females have burst open as a result of being so full of eggs : (. They also get septic infections and assortment of other issues.