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Big Yoyo

Posted: Wed May 13, 2020 4:32 pm
by joesmith1992
Hi all I have decided to put this up to see if anyone has any experience with yoyos. I have 5 in total, 4 are around 3 inches and 1 is at least 6. Shes become pretty fat in the past month , to me she looks unusually bloated , but she is very active and eats well. Any ideas ? I was thinking perhaps it's eggs but I'm not 100 percent.


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Re: Big Yoyo

Posted: Thu May 14, 2020 2:39 am
by Bas Pels
That's a big one, and I would not say she is fat - apart from the belly she still looks slim.

To me it is eithe bloat or eggs. And as you wrote she is active, eating a lot, it must be eggs.

Now the thing is - are the others, presumably males, also very active? You might be looking at an attempt to breed.

Re: Big Yoyo

Posted: Thu May 14, 2020 7:05 am
by joesmith1992
Cheers for the reply!

I have no idea what to look out for regarding breeding behavior, all I know is it's difficult. However I doubt fry would survive my current set up anyway as they are housed with geophagus cichlids and some others.

I've taken a short video of her with the group, there is a lot of chasing going on recently. :lol:

https://youtu.be/XSUI0fMd8b8

Re: Big Yoyo

Posted: Thu May 14, 2020 4:51 pm
by Bas Pels
I am quite fanatic about cichlids, and I love Geophagus.

But the change of breeding Botia would make me device traps for catching Geophagus without disturbing the Botias. Anytime

Re: Big Yoyo

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:20 am
by joesmith1992
Thanks for the replies ,I have continued to monitor the behaviour and there is little change regarding size.
She is a very opportunistic eater , see this video where she actually surfaces to eat some floating cichlid pellets!

https://youtu.be/SotBVD7lI3M

She is definitely a greedy fish. No other loaches behave like this in my aquarium.
Does anyone know how long she will hold the eggs ? ( If they're eggs at all )

Re: Big Yoyo

Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 3:59 am
by Dave55
Hi,
What was the outcome with you fish. I have one that has done the same thing, it (dont know gender). swelled up over the weekend, still swimming around and seemingly happy. It's 14 years old and never happened before.

Re: Big Yoyo

Posted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 3:35 pm
by joesmith1992
She has lost a lot of the excess size now. ( Bearing in mind she was big for around 2 months ! ) I do believe it was eggs. Never witnessed any breeding behaviour as to be expected. I wouldn't worry, yo-yos make it clear in their behaviour when they are unwell. :)

Re: Big Yoyo

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 8:13 am
by Dave55
Thanks for the reply, unfortunately it turned up it's fins at the w/e. But it had a good long life (14-15Yrs). A few hours after removing the body I spotted a couple of just hatched baby plecos (with yolk sac). The circle of life.