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Can anyone tell me please is this normal one of my pond fish has shall we say put on a large amount of weight it is swimming fine I don’t over feed them I have an established pond and only feed them once a week there are so many worms and bugs in the pond but am I bit worried
 

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Does not look good for sure! Could be Dropsy, eggbound, constipated, tumor, infection etc. Hard to say for sure w/o a specialist looking at it which I am not. I've heard of people feeding the fish cooked peas w/the skin removed for constipation.
 

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Hello and welcome!

NO! That is not normal for a fish! Fish don’t get overweight from eating too much — they do have metabolic problems, but not the size.

Something is wrong with this guy/gal! The things that come to mind are egg binding, tumor, or dropsy.

What do the scales look like? Are they sticking out, resembling a pine cone? Is the swelling the same on both sides of the body?

NOW, FOR THE GOOD STUFF: PLEASE GET BACK WITH US:
  • what size is your pond?
  • how many and what sizes are your fish?
  • you said it was “an established pond,” but how long has it been up and running?
  • what kind of filtration do you have?
  • have you recently added any new fish, or made any changes to your pond?
  • PLEASE CHECK YOUR WATER PARAMETERS (WITH A LIQUID DROP TEST KIT) AND LET US KNOW THE NUMBER RESULTS OF THE FOLLOWING:
    • AMMONIA
    • NITRITES
    • NITRATES
    • pH
    • KH
    • GH
    • WATER TEMPERATURE
 
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Poor thing :( Looks either egg bound or possibly a tumor. I can't tell from these pictures, are the scales sticking out, like on a pine cone?
 
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