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Old 10-16-2009, 01:01 PM   #1 
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Should I be worried?

Today I went to take pictures, I noticed my black CT is quite bloated. He also seems to be swimming/flaring less.

The water is clean, I did a 50% change on Wednesday. All of my girls are fine, of course.

I did feed him a few extra pellets yesterday by mistake, could that be it? I fast them on the weekend anyway, so I hope he'll be okay. I don't want him passing away like Felix did.
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:31 PM   #2 
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Despite our best efforts, pellets will do this sometimes. Try mixing his diet up with some frozen bloodworms, brine shrimp, tubifex or daphnia.
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:38 PM   #3 
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I feed them freeze dried brine shrimp on Wednesdays and Fridays. He ate his rather happily today. I guess I'll see how he does after fasting.
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Old 10-16-2009, 02:42 PM   #4 
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I feed them freeze dried brine shrimp on Wednesdays and Fridays. He ate his rather happily today. I guess I'll see how he does after fasting.
Thats probably what did it--- freeze dried is notorious for that. Absorbs more water than any other type of fish food. Do you pre-soak it?
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Old 10-16-2009, 02:52 PM   #5 
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Yeah, anything freeze dried will do that. Pellets for example will often expand 2-3 times their original size when they absorb water, hence why it's usually recommended to let them soak in water before you feed them to your fish, otherwise they would expand in your fish's stomach and lead to constipation.
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Old 10-16-2009, 06:42 PM   #6 
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Alright, how long should i let them soak before adding them in?
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Old 10-16-2009, 07:24 PM   #7 
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I soak my fd food for about 5-10 minutes.
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:57 PM   #8 
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Alright, thanks. I'll do that when I feed them Monday. I didn\t soak because my girls seem to have no problems with it, but I guess better to be safe than sorry.
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Old 10-18-2009, 10:16 AM   #9 
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To update, I've been fasting him since Friday night (didn't give him any dinner), and he hasn't been showing signs of improvement.

What can i feed him to clear his digestive tract? I haven't been able to find any type of daphnia and we don't have any peas at home, either. Can I try something else?
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Do you have any brine shrimp, frozen or freeze dried?
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