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stevenpie 05-23-2015 10:24 PM

how to cure this --- sunken stomach
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is it due to quality of water or internal parasites ?

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Bullet 05-24-2015 07:41 AM

Good reading...

Bwhiskered 05-24-2015 08:05 AM

Livebearers can come down with sunken belly. Some say that it is the lack of electrolyte in the water. I have cured tanks of swordtails that had the problem by adding a teaspoon of epsom salt to every 5 gallons.

stevenpie 05-24-2015 10:16 AM

thx, where to buy epsom salt?
any info to buy Epsom? I actually heard this salt long time before from a local hobbyist.

stevenpie 05-24-2015 10:18 AM

also thx to bullet

Originally Posted by Bullet (Post 1024314)

good source!


Bullet 05-24-2015 10:38 AM

Epsom salts are available at any drug store - on the shelf, not over the counter

stevenpie 05-24-2015 11:47 AM

I will try, and just realized I did have Epsom salt, but it is from Costco and I use it as bath have been using it as bath salt. not sure we are talk about the same salt.:)

Bullet 05-24-2015 12:38 PM

Yes same stuff
Just make sure that there are no "extra" ingredients like fragrance, etc

Check out this thread

Bwhiskered 05-24-2015 03:30 PM

Epsom salt is all the same as long as there are no additives.

rmahabir 06-21-2016 09:44 AM

Hello Bwhiskered,
I only keep swordtails and I now have fish with sunken bellies. I have had to get rid of 4 fish over the past 3 days. Can you please advise if I need to add anything more than Epsom salt and also do I treat the entire tank

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