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Dropsy is one of the worse "diseases" a fish can get. In fact, dropsy is not really a disease at all but rather a symptom of a large number of possible problems. Fish Disease. The most common cause of dropsy is an internal bacterial infection, while viruses and poor water quality have also been associated. Fish Disease. The condition affects the fish's internal organs, and as a result they cease to function correctly. Fish Disease. A concentration of fluid in the body tissues and cavities causes the fish's abdomen to become swollen and appear bloated.
Symptoms: Fish Disease.
Dropsy is fairly easy to diagnose non-specifically, however it is much harder to diagnose the cause. Fish Disease.The fish will appear very bloated, causing the scales to protrude much further than usual which gives the fish a rather distinct "pinecone" appearance. Fish Disease.The fish may also have sunken eyes, act lethargic, hang at the bottom or top of the aquarium, stop feeding and appear off colour. Fish Disease.
Cure: Fish Disease.
A few over the counter, commercial treatments have been developed for dropsy, however these are only sometimes successful in curing the fish. Fish Disease. They work best in the very early stages of dropsy. Fish Disease.
Antibiotics from your vet may also help, but once again they work best if given to the fish in the early stages. Fish Disease. Antibiotics are in the majority of cases the best course of action. Fish Disease.
A more hands on approach is to raise the aquariums temperature slightly ( a few degrees higher then usual) and add Epsom salts to the water at a rate of 20 mg/L. Fish Disease.
Often when the diagnosis is made it is too late to save the fish. Fish Disease. Symptoms can be moderate and when they do become severe the damage already done to the internal organs is too large for successful treatment. Fish Disease. Thankfully dropsy is not very contagious, however if a fish dies of dropsy it is best to remove it from the aquarium as soon as possible. Fish Disease.
Remember, water quality is always extremely important- so always check that first as it is often the cause of disease aquarium fish. Fish Disease. When treating sick fish, try to put the least amount of stress on them as possible, as stress will hinder the heeling process. Fish Disease. that generally, a healthy fish is a happy fish. Fish Disease. Story of a Black Moor.
Eek, you'll never guess what happened today! Fish Disease. I have small gravel in my tank and the goldfish always suck it up and spit it out. Fish Disease. My bigger black moor did this today and then when it went to spit it out it got stuck! rock out himself. Argh. Fish Disease.
...My comet does this often, net, pick him drops the rock. Fish Disease. Not so with my black moor. physically push rock out, carefully removed tweezers. Fish Disease.
It was quite the task. He lost a bit of his slime coating, but I am going to buy something for that tomorrow, I'd say. Fish Disease.(Salt and/or stresszyme). Fish keeping is expensive, hey. =)Fish Disease. new aquarium working on lately. imported guppies in it, all of which settled in quite happily in just a few minutes. I also have a large snail who right at the moment seems to be creating an egg-sack. Fish Disease.
small aquarium, holds approx 20L, however good price at only $20 from K-mart! Fish Disease. Else same size and interest value the asking $30.