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Hello! I have a 180 gallon, mostly Malawi tank. The water parameters are all good and all my other fish are acting normally and eating well. I have this one fish (a yellow lab, I think) that has been hanging at the top of the tank the last couple of days and not eating. Today he was in the bottom corner and the other fish are starting to target him, but he's not moving around much. I moved him into small breeder basket, for now, to protect him.

The only thing that has been different at all lately, is the last couple weeks I started raising the PH, KH and GH. The PH was originally hanging around 7.4, but I wanted to move it on up to around 8, plus I had never really focused on hardness, either. Over a week or more, I gradually moved the PH up to 8, and the GH and KH to about 15 or so, with Epsom Salt and Baking Soda, but I think I have them a bit high at 20 now (still judging how to balance it). The only thing that seems out of the norm for the fish, is that his stomach is slightly sunken and he has a mild bulge near his anus, as you may see in the pictures.

Any input would be appreciated!

Thanks - pics below:




 

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Maybe it's a female ready to spawn and the males are after her. The fish does not look like a yellow lab...no dorsal stripe. Maybe a red zebra or a cross between the two?

Just because she is hiding does not mean she is sick.

Do you see any injuries? Nipped fins, missing scales?
 

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Maybe the "puffy" vent is her egg tube dropping? And the swelling is because she is full of eggs?

The only certain symptom is she is not eating? Any chance she could already have eggs in her mouth? I don't see it in the pic, but it can be hard to see if she is only holding a couple.
 
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