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 Glofish Breeding
GloFishOwner
Posted: Jun 29 2007, 02:38 PM


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I have 3 Red GloFish that I bought from walmart a few weeks ago and they are healthy. Also in the tank are 2 small ghost shrimp & 1 neon tetra (only one left from a bad fish buying experience from petsmart). Anyway, after the petsmart fish died 1 of my glofish started to get fat, and she seems to stay in one particular area at the bottom of the tank (sort of guarding it) and chases away the other 2 male glofish. The neon she allows right beside her. As per some things i've read, i separated her from the males and will add a male with her in a few days to try to spawn them. I have river rock in the bottom of the tank she's in so the future eggs can be hidden from parents. I had a male in the small tank with her but he chased her around so much she laid on the bottom and was breathing heavily so I removed the male and now she's fine. Any advice on how to make breeding go smoothly? Female has been "pooping" these little neon pink (same color as her) poop. Is it really poop or are these eggs? there is only 1 to my knowledge. Umm, does anyone have pictures of danio/glofish eggs so I know what they look like.

Tank Specs-2.5 gallon with whisper filter, bubble stick, 1 small plastic plant and decorative bridge.

Also, without starting another post. I have a Male Betta I bought from walmart and have had for months now. recently i moved him to a decent sized vase and up until yesterday he was fine. But now he is severely swollen between his gills and tail and alot of times is floating on his side. He's far from being dead just can't really swim as he floats to the top. Is this swim bladder? I haven't fed him since he became this way. What should I do?

UPDATE: I massaged the bettas swollen area very gentley for about 30-40 seconds and this morning he was just fine. No bloat or anything.
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Robyn
Posted: Jun 30 2007, 09:17 PM


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Glofish are genetically altered zebra danios. When danios are egg-laden, they are slightly enlarged and do not sulk. If she is grossly fat and laying around, it sounds like she may be sick. I have a section on "Why is my fish fat?" at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/health4.htm#fat
I'm afraid that she might have dropsy or another bacterial infection.

If you can post a photo of the fish, I can tell you if she looks normal for a female or might be sick.

As far as breeding information on zebra danios, see
http://www.fishpondinfo.com/danio.htm
http://www.fishpondinfo.com/breed.htm

I never really separated my danios for spawning purposes. I would remove eggs or fry that I found during weekly gravel vacuumings. I do not have any photos of any fish eggs because my camera is just a blur if I try to take photos of something that small.

I don't know if it's normal for Glofish to have the glow gene in their feces. Danio eggs are clear. A female danio almost never lays eggs without a male present (during a spawning).

The 2.5 gallon is their main tank or where you put the enlarged female?

I've had a number of people contact me about bettas with dropsy-like symptoms. A few of those people actually popped their fish and fluid came out. If you "massaged" him harshly, that may have also gotten fluid to come out. That can be dangerous though as it will bruise him pretty bad. I suggest treating him with aquarium salt, MelaFix, and some antibiotics.

Here's the story of one person who popped their betta named Valentine.
http://www.fishpondinfo.com/health5.htm#tumor

It's past my bedtime so I can't think quite clearly so I may have forgotten some things I should say.

Good luck!


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GloFishOwner
Posted: Jul 1 2007, 08:01 AM


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I have the female in a smaller betta tank that isnt being used for bettas. The kind with the lid and has the option for a light. her belly has actually gotten slightly smaller. Maybe she was just constipated. I put a male in with her after 3 days of solitude this morning and she is chasing him around the tank. I dont know if she is pregnant or not. I was at walmart yesterday and looked at more glofish but they were so big i thought there might have been something wrong. The 2.5 gallon tank is their main tank. Yesterday I also added a very small calico fantail goldfish. Only slightly larger then the glofish.

As for the betta I was like basically "petting" his swollen area. just barely touching him so i didn't hurt him. Nothing came out of him and he is still fine today.

Here's a pic of the female. user posted image
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Robyn
Posted: Jul 1 2007, 05:35 PM


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From what I can see in the photo, she doesn't look grossly enlarged. That doesn't mean that something isn't wrong but I can't tell from that photo. If she has dropsy, it's mild. She may be egg-laden as you thought.

A 2.5 gallon tank is pretty small even for the glofish. I suggest a 10 or 20 gallon tank for the glofish. Goldfish grow very large. A fantail can easily grow to 8 inches in a decade. Goldfish need tanks of 20 gallons or larger so I hope you can get a larger tank before the goldfish starts to really grow. An adult goldfish can easily eat (even by accident) a small glofish.


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Servant to 5 cats, 2 rabbits, 3 guinea pigs, 3 chickens, 1 redbellied turtle, 3 freshwater aquariums (65, 50, & 20 gallons), 2 saltwater aquariums (6 and 12 gallon nano cube reefs), 7 outdoor ponds (1800, 153, 50, 30, 20, 20, & 12 gallons), 1 indoor pond (50 gallons, winter only), crickets, mealworms, and hundreds of fish (of about 18+ species), amphibians, snails, shrimp, corals, crabs, worms, and so on in those aquariums and ponds. A mostly full list of my current animals is at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/animals/animallist.htm

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