Well, I had the unfortunate experiance of finding one of my girls dead this morning... Tiny Princess, a small F-CT.
She was small - not more than 6 months old would be my guess. I'd had her two months, and she was a chipper little thing, who quite often displayed breeding bars. She showed no sign of illness - no bloating, nothing.
For the last two days, I noticed that where her gravid spot was, a pink-ish projection was evident, about the size of her eye. She was in no pain, and was her usual self.
I had half though about netting her, and trying to gently wipe away whatever it was. I was hoping whatever it was would just fall off on its own.
This morning I found her dead. Below the midline, behind the gills and to her gravid spot was GONE... like her belly had exploded. The contents of the cavity up to the middle line were gone. The rest of the fish was intact.
So... I looking for some help from the more experianced aquarists here. What happened to my poor little CT girl (I know it's only conjecture at this point - and that's fine). Is this a case possible case of being egg-bound? Or is something more sinister afoot?