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Platydoras Costatus Beer Belly
November 19, 2010
6:43 pm
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Steve Waring
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I've had this fish for three and a half years. A couple of months ago I moved the fish to a different aquarium.

Recently the fish has developed a distended belly from behind the pectoral fins backwards. At first I thought that maybe I had a female and that what I was seeing was the result of eggs. However the bulge is now so large that I don't think this is the case.

The fish does not appear to be in any discomfort and acts in no way different to how it always has. What is causing this?

I normally feed sinking catfish food, but occasionally give bloodworms, and once in a blue moon a 1cm piece of cooked cod. It was the day after giving some cod that I noticed the belly was exceptionally distended. Since then I stopped feeding for a few days, and then have fed very sparingly. Feeding late at night the fish instantly starts hunting around for what little food I do give.

Finally, this fish might be Platydoras armatulus, what distinguishes the two fish?

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November 19, 2010
6:58 pm
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Sorry, I just saw the mandatory questions pinned thread:
pH: 7.5 I'm am gradually lowering this with a target of 6.8
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 25mg/l
Temperature: 23.5
GH/KH: 7 / 2.5
TDS/Conductivity:
Tap Water Parameters: RO water remineralised
Test kit used: Tetra Liquid
(Liquid or strip)

Tank Size:
(Dimensions & Volume 100l Previous tank was 250l

Length of time set-up: 15 years but only a couple of months with current fish.
Filtration used: Internal trickle filter, Filter for previous tank was oversized external.
(Type & media) Foam, Carbon, Ceramic
Maintenance Schedule:
(Amount of water changes? How often? 10-20 % every week
dechlorinator used? Filters cleaned? etc.) Was cleaned when fish transferred to tank. Media protected, Cycle added.
Detailed stock list: Just this fish and one fully grown Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus age about 5 years

November 19, 2010
7:44 pm
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The females do get very chunky when mature so i wouldnt worry to much about it just yet. It look perfectly fine to me.

November 19, 2010
10:19 pm
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The difference between P. armatulus and P. costatus is that the latter has no light midlateral stripe. Guess yours is P. armatulus Steve.

Cake or death?
November 20, 2010
1:17 pm
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Many thanks for the info.

This is my favourite photo of my fish.

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