Bloated / Impacted Comet Goldfish
I have a goldfish female that is getting so large, it's really starting to worry me. She is about 5 years old, I know her egg laying habits, etc. She is one of my largest fish at the moment, habitat is 1800 gallon pond, I've tested the water, all is great. Changed foods three times.
All summer her belly has continued to grow, I assumed filling with eggs, however, in the last two weeks, she has gotten EXTREMELY large. I've searched the internet, she doesn't have dropsy, she eats like a hog and is swimming happily with all the other fish - no difference in mobility or actions. I did net her out of the pond today and gently pressed her abdomin from front to back, only yellowish liquid came out every now and then. She looks like she's going to explode! What could this be? I'm thinking impacted eggs, but I don't know what I should do about it. A vet is not an option for me and from what I've read, eventually, impacted females re-absorb their eggs. I don't know how much bigger she could possibly get. Any ideas?