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Old 07-30-2005, 10:26 PM   #1
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neon tetra pregnant?

I have a 5 gallon tank with 2 neon tetras and one african dwarf frog. One day I noticed that one of the neons was very fat. I did some research on the net, and it seemed everyone's fat/bloated fish was sick. My fish shows no signs of being ill... it swims fine, eats fine, and looks healthy, so I'm thinking "she" may be pregnant. How long does it usually take for her to go into labor? and to tetras lay eggs or have little fry? She has been plump for a few weeks now. Any help would be greatly appreciated because I don't know anything about breeding fish.

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Old 07-30-2005, 10:34 PM   #2
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tetras lay eggs.
look really close for scales lifted off the fish (just look for the signs of dropsy) if none are there then she might be holding eggs.
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thanks for the quick reply. yeah i read about the scale thing, and her scales are nice and smooth. maybe I'll attempt to take a pic and post that.

so if she does actually lay eggs, I'll obviously remove the frog from the tank... then do I separate the fry once they are hatched?

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Neon Tetras are often VERY hard to breed without purposefully trying. Not impossible, but not common for them to get pregnant by accident. Also, you need extremely soft, acidic water for them as well...around a pH of 5-6. Do you know the pH of your tank? The neon could be constipated as well. Keep an eye on it, or try feeding it some peas (nuked in the microwave for a few seconds, just the meat portion) to make them poop more. This is my first guess, but I'll keep my fingers crossed for ya.
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I would personally put in alot of cover (fake or real plants) they make fake grass looking plants for fry to hide in..
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ahh.. yea. I would peal the pea as well...
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swollen neon tetra

Hi I noticed your reply about above fish,I have the same problem and her scales are lifted of her body in parts around the bottom and sides, what should I do......I'm new and already going to be a fish granny.....lol
would appreciate any advice,have no idea what to do for her ,I have tried the peas
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Re: swollen neon tetra

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Hi I noticed your reply about above fish,I have the same problem and her scales are lifted of her body in parts around the bottom and sides, what should I do......I'm new and already going to be a fish granny.....lol
would appreciate any advice,have no idea what to do for her ,I have tried the peas
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your fish has dropsy.. treatments are penicillin, tetracycline and naladixic acid.
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ahh.. yea. I would peal the pea as well...
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try feeding it some peas (nuked in the microwave for a few seconds, just the meat portion)
Hence me saying, 'just the meat portion'...but incase I wasn't clear enough photokate, yes, make sure you peel the peas beforehand. Otherwise, your fish are gonna try to eat it, but they wont be able to. You want just the mushy insides. I would try this first before you assume your tetra is ready to kick out little 'uns.
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doe!.. I read too fast.. my bad Devilishturtles!
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