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Old 03-22-2003, 10:34 AM   #1
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Fat Cory Cats

I have a 10-gallon tank, with a black gravel substrate (fw). Among my collection of fish are two albino cory cats. I've had them for about a month now, and I can't decide if they're just eating really well, or if there's something wrong with them. They both have these large, bulbous bellies now (one is much larger than the other), and at first I thought the larger one might be holding eggs (I know little to nothing about the reproductive habits and capabilities of this fish), but now I just really have no idea.

At some point I saw a book with pictures of a bottom feeder who had some painful looking sores on its undersurface because it was kept in a tank with the wrong substrate. The bulbous bellies don't look like they're causing my cories any pain, but is this a possibility, or are they simply just fat?
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Old 03-22-2003, 11:58 AM   #2
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Hi Caenis

I AM NOT saying there is anything wrong... They might be little gluttons and just eat too much.

However, just for some reading material...

Fishfarmacy has a easy to use fish disease diagnostic flowchart.
http://www.fishyfarmacy.com/symptoms.html

Exotic Tropicals also has a disease and treatment page
http://www.exotictropicals.com/encyc...h/Diseases.htm

Have you tried treating them for constipation?
http://www.angelfire.com/blues/fish_...STIPATION.html

I hope this helps.
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if their substrate is wronge for them, there barrells (whiskers) will be worn down to little nubs.

they do breed fairly readily,though.
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