Sorry... no picture, but a quick question.
Does a female Bangaii Cardinalfish need a male around to at least make eggs?
Reason I ask is that my ONE Bangaii stopped eating Sunday and has a noticeably swollen/distended abdomen. I've had the fish for 5 months now. The scales are still flush against the body, and there are no visible signs of distress or disease. It's swimming laps back and forth against the back of the tank. It normally does that, but not as much as it's been doing today. It's getting a heck of a workout! It's just not normal for it to not eat two days in a row. I normally feed once a day.
Water parameters are perfect: 0 ammonia/nitrites/nitrates, 0 phosphates, 8.3ish pH, 9 dkH
, 1.025 salinity, and 77.5-78.5 temperature. Only other tank mate is a O.Clown, and he/she is doing just fine and acting normal.
From the swollen abdomen, I'm guessing either theres some internal blockage that's keeping it from poopin' (man... can those things poop) or it's carrying eggs. Any folks with Bangaiis see this before?