I have 2 false perc in a 125 now for 8-9 months. All of my levels are 0 with regards to Ammonia, trite and trate. I have not added anything new to the tank in some time other than a banded shrimp. I was feeding last night and notice the smaller of the 2 percs wasnt eating like usual. Upon inspecting it, I noticed the portion of the perc's body starting just in front of the gills to just behind the gills appear to be swollen. It isnt showing any signs of stress like ick or anything so.....The only thing that bother me was the fish was breathing a little harder than normal.
The only thing I have done any different from the past 8 months since putting both of the fish in there is I ran carbon just to take out any umpurities there might be. I used to run carbon a lot when I first set up the tank. Also I normally feed all of the fish (1 yellow wrasse, 1 yellow taled damsel and the 2 percs) mysis shrimp soaked in garlic. However I did try and feed them some stuff that you can rub on the LR
in the tank and its sticks to it for a lack of better terms.....I was mainly for my blenny which is no longer in there. It was safe for all fish.
The fish body isnt protruding as far as the scales. It really looks like it needs to go to the bathroom. The little area around the anus looks tight. Do fish get constipated?? I know all of this is weird...sorry for being sort of graphic. Other than it breathing a little harder and looking funny, it acts fine. Can it be preg? Its the smaller of the 2 percs? Any and all suggestions please.