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Your rusty probably has a very full belly due to overfeeding.

Bloat signs would include very heavy breathing, not eating and white feces. If your fish has none of these signs, then reduce the feeding. In addition, bloat isn't only food related.
 

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To simplify... if your fish is eating well and swallowing the food, it does not have Bloat disease.

The first sign of Bloat disease is they start acting less interested in food, and if the grab some food and maybe chew on it awhile then spit it out.
 

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my rusty is always hungry

eating and eating but he has a big belly... :lol:
 

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johnchor said:
my rusty is always hungry

eating and eating but he has a big belly... :lol:
Healthy mbuna will always act hungry, trust me, he isn't always hungry. Overfeeding can cause a number of health problems especially with mbuna. For adults, once daily and only what they can consume in 30 seconds is sufficient.
 

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Overfeeding is a common problem. Most cichlids donot have to be fed daily. Feed less and smaller amounts. Spitibg out of food doesn't necessary mean a fish has bloat. Fish have taste buds and can be selective of food choices.
 
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