Egg laden Koi won't lay eggs


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Ok, found the time today to capture and pull the fish, some photos attached. I also watched this video, and still cannot tell if this is a male or female. The pectoral fins and gills felt smooth, but it is not mating season. The belly felt rather soft, no hard lumps.


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Check with your local vet clinic to see if there is a vet in your area that specializes in aquatic medicine.
 
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Check with your local vet clinic to see if there is a vet in your area that specializes in aquatic medicine.

Unfortunately, we do not have anyone local who handles aquatic medicine. That's the first thing we looked into.
 
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Thanks so much for the video! I actually learned that most of the male/female indicators are myth and not 100%. But I liked that he showed the difference in the vent area on both, and especially the rough gills and first bone on the pectoral fins. I’d guess those are the best indicators, but only if you plan to catch your fish to know for sure.
As to your fish, if your closeup picture is of the vent, I’d guess that it’s a male. Did you try putting pressure and sliding your fingers towards the vent to see if white sperm substance came out? If so, it’s definitely a male. And, if it is a male, then I’d guess it has more of an issue than first assumed. BUT, if it’s swimming around and healthy acting, maybe not a huge problem at this time.
One other thing I wondered, but I’m sure you have thought of this, where are you located, and if you are where it’s getting cooler/cold, how long ago did you stop feeding? Maybe this fish doesn’t know when to stop eating …
Good luck! I hope you get it figured out.
 
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Thanks so much for the video! I actually learned that most of the male/female indicators are myth and not 100%. But I liked that he showed the difference in the vent area on both, and especially the rough gills and first bone on the pectoral fins. I’d guess those are the best indicators, but only if you plan to catch your fish to know for sure.
As to your fish, if your closeup picture is of the vent, I’d guess that it’s a male. Did you try putting pressure and sliding your fingers towards the vent to see if white sperm substance came out? If so, it’s definitely a male. And, if it is a male, then I’d guess it has more of an issue than first assumed. BUT, if it’s swimming around and healthy acting, maybe not a huge problem at this time.
One other thing I wondered, but I’m sure you have thought of this, where are you located, and if you are where it’s getting cooler/cold, how long ago did you stop feeding? Maybe this fish doesn’t know when to stop eating …
Good luck! I hope you get it figured out.

With its tummy so bloated in the vent area of my fish, I really couldn't duplicate his actions with my fingers.

Water temp is now 55F and I've switched to a wheat germ based diet once per day, half a cup for the entire pond of 6 fish.

Will stop feeding once water temp is a 40F.
 
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Just a thought, but I’d quit feeding altogether. Once the water goes below 55 degrees, the fish don’t need much and what they need they can get from the pond itself. And the fact that the one fish is so bloated, I have to wonder if smashed peas wouldn’t help it out! I’d sure give it a try. Maybe if you stop feeding for a few days, the fish will be more likely to come eat the peas.
Good luck! I sure hope it gets better.
 
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I have to wonder if there is any need to do anything. If it is a tumor, there is nothing that can be done anyway. If the fish is eggbound, it will either absorb the eggs, or perhaps expel them or neither of those options. Trying to express them yourself would be risky, in my opinion, without doing more damage to the fish.

I would let the poor fish be and let nature take its course.
 

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