Bloated mandarin

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by Barlan, 10 Dec 2013.

  1. Barlan

    Barlan

    Joined:
    29 Feb 2012
    Posts:
    280
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Randburg, johannesburg
    Hi all

    My female mandarin has a really bloated stomach.

    i'm not sure what it is.

    From what i've read, she could have eggs in her or it could be a parasite of some sort.

    she's pretty big, looks like she swallowed a marble.

    we dont have a male in the tank, so if she has eggs, what will become of them?

    if she has a parasite, how will we know?

    we have loads of pods, and she's eating well and constantly.

    Picture attached (she wont stay still long enough to get a decent pic)

    20131210_204108.jpg
     
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. tekkengal

    tekkengal Moderator

    Joined:
    30 Mar 2010
    Posts:
    2,365
    Likes Received:
    297
    Location:
    JHB
    Yeah, she is preggers :)
     
  4. Barlan

    Barlan Thread Starter

    Joined:
    29 Feb 2012
    Posts:
    280
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Randburg, johannesburg
    so she has eggs, (sweet!!!) but without a male, what will become of them?

    i've read they are pelagic spawners, so she cant possibly fertilize them :(

    will she absorb them or lay them anyways? or something else?
     
  5. Haaibek

    Haaibek

    Joined:
    21 Jul 2011
    Posts:
    191
    Likes Received:
    0
    Need a male a for her. Except if you only want the female and not another manderin.
     
  6. Barlan

    Barlan Thread Starter

    Joined:
    29 Feb 2012
    Posts:
    280
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Randburg, johannesburg
    we would LOVE a male for her, except that the 2 males we got both died after 7 days of being there, they were both gorgeous blue mandarins (well, blue fins) but unfortunately really skinny :( also from the same lfs.

    we thought we could give them a better home and fatten them up. they were also the same size as the female and we were advised by masa experts, that they should be larger than the female else they would fight. fortunately, we never saw any bad interaction, but we still dont know what killed them :(

    SOOOOOO if anyone has a male mandarin for sale/would like to sell/early xmas pressie etc, PLEASE let us know.

    she is about 4-5cm length and well, fat now :)

    we also have a female scooter blenny in the tank but they seem to get along fine, other than a few flares when they pass each other.

    Many thanks all.
     
  7. Dane G

    Dane G

    Joined:
    9 Jan 2012
    Posts:
    847
    Likes Received:
    18
    Location:
    cape town south africa
    be carefull when buying mandrins, make sure eat atleast frozen foods, i found super brine to be a favourite as well as lobster eggs from there its simple to get them on to pellets i had a major battle getting my one to get off live food, i posted a thread called the mandrin diaries of my expariances that might help in future
     
  8. Barlan

    Barlan Thread Starter

    Joined:
    29 Feb 2012
    Posts:
    280
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Randburg, johannesburg
    hi Dane G,

    we do check that, but most of the time at the lfs, they get so scared when they see the frozen food cube. we have lots of pods, so i'm not too concerned, but i would like to make sure they eat anything. i think our girls eat lobster eggs (over and above pods), cause they sink and its the only other thing i've seen them eat, but since our pod pop increased, they dont seem to care about feeding time, cause they're constantly feeding.

    i'll have a look at your post, any new info is good info.

    thanks a mil.
     
  9. Barlan

    Barlan Thread Starter

    Joined:
    29 Feb 2012
    Posts:
    280
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Randburg, johannesburg
    Hi Dane G

    i cant seem to find your post, could you pls send me a link.

    thanks
     
    Last edited: 12 Dec 2013
  10. mariusmeyer

    mariusmeyer

    Joined:
    7 Jul 2009
    Posts:
    3,054
    Likes Received:
    210
    Location:
    Jukskei Park, JHB
    Not to derail or anything but thought this is a nice spot to post this. I had a female and now I am looking after a male for someone. A month after introducing the male I had the privilege to witness the mating dance. This was one of the better shots I managed to get in the dim lighting
    [​IMG]
     
  11. Barlan

    Barlan Thread Starter

    Joined:
    29 Feb 2012
    Posts:
    280
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Randburg, johannesburg
    @mariiusmeyer. this makes me want a male even more :(

    to be honest, i stumbled upon the mating dance somewhere and thats where i got the idea of getting her a male companion from. i just love the way they stick together (altho i havent researched what they do when they're not doing the mating dance :) )

    anyways, i'll be on the look out for a male.

    can anyone confirm that the male HAS to be larger than the female else she could terrorize the male and kill it?
     
  12. mandarinman

    mandarinman

    Joined:
    18 Oct 2007
    Posts:
    6,377
    Likes Received:
    70
    Location:
    capetown,durbanville
    See if you can track down matt wittenrich he breeds them for ora
     
  13. Haaibek

    Haaibek

    Joined:
    21 Jul 2011
    Posts:
    191
    Likes Received:
    0
    I know who have male mandarins, i think LFS Mandarins over prize.
     
  14. jono

    jono MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    15 Jul 2011
    Posts:
    444
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    morningside, durban
    Tagging
     
Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - Bloated mandarin Forum Date
Urgent help needed Foxface Bloated and Marks Urgent Help Needed 5 Aug 2016
Urgent help needed Clownfish bloated Urgent Help Needed 28 Jan 2016
Urgent help needed Foxface Bloated Urgent Help Needed 1 Dec 2014
Urgent help needed Bloated Anthia Urgent Help Needed 30 Nov 2014
Zoas bloated normal or not Soft Corals 18 Jul 2014
epsom salt for treatment of bloated fish Quarantine Tanks, sick fish, QT corals 24 May 2013
my fish look bloated Quarantine Tanks, sick fish, QT corals 26 Nov 2012