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Is this dropsy?

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baddyface Sun 25-Sep-16 15:30:57

Hi. I have a 90l Tank with four danio, two minnow and three others (can't remember what they are now).

They are all around 2-3 years old now. one of the danio is now looking very bloated. It's spine has bent because of the bloating. It's been like it for about two months now but seems to be otherwise fine.

It feeds well, is happily swimming with its friends, is pretty active.

I have googled the symptoms and it only has the bloating. So should I euthenase it with clove oil or just leave it in the tank? The other fish seen fine and have no symptoms so I'm assuming it's not passed it on.

The common causes I read are overstocking (very much not overstocked), poor cleaning (I clean it very well every 2 weeks - used to be once a week when we had more fish but they just don't make much mess now). The water tests are all fine (can't remember off the top of my head what they are but they were all in normal).

jwww Sun 25-Sep-16 17:28:45

Have you checked to see if she's pine coning? If yes then definitely dropsy and put her to sleep if you can.

Whats the mix of sexes in the tank/ could she be gravid?

What treatments have you used so far and have you tried feeding her peas

If you want me to have a go and Id-ing the other fish post a picture of them smile

baddyface Sun 25-Sep-16 18:02:08

Hi thanks for replying.

She's not pine coning at all. I've no idea about sexes but we've had nothing in the years we've had the tank. I would put her to sleep but she seems so perky (like all the Danio).

The others I can't remember are a really common one just can't remember. Here's a pic.

baddyface Sun 25-Sep-16 18:03:35


baddyface Sun 25-Sep-16 18:04:54

Not tried peas. I have frozen. What do I need to do? Do I need to get the bits out that aren't eaten?
Not tried any treatments as my filter is a carbon one that can't be removed (the carbon can't anyway).

jwww Sun 25-Sep-16 18:14:41

That's a Platy smile

Yep microwave a pea or two , pop it out of its skin and chop in in half or even quarter if you can and chuck it in and fish out after a day or two if not eaten!
Try adding some aquarium salt,carbon won't affect it.

Are you sure you can't take the carbon out? If not if you have small tank or container, at least sort of 6l as a minimum pop her in that and treat with salt and melafix.
If you can't you may need to euthanise and when a fish dies in the tank with dropsy that's when it becomes contagious as far as I'm aware.

baddyface Sun 25-Sep-16 18:38:50

Yes it's a Platy! Thank you!

I will do the pea thing tonight and cross my fingers. If not I will look into the salt thing. Then might have to euthenase as I don't have a hospital tank any more - dd snaffled it for her snails and it got cracked.

How long do you think I should give it? I didn't realise that about it being contagious when they died. Very grim!

baddyface Sun 25-Sep-16 18:39:59

Actually could I just use a bucket to treat her? Does she not need a filter to be in there?

jwww Sun 25-Sep-16 18:45:00

Yeah you're right doesn't need to be a proper tank or a huge thing, just do a water change daily. Not 100% with time frame but maybe give it a week or two and if your seeing no improvement then pts her.

baddyface Sun 25-Sep-16 19:03:49

Thanks. It's good to have a plan. I will start tonight. Thanks for your help

KatieC0811 Sun 23-Oct-16 21:52:21

Hiya, know this thread is a few month old but just wanted to add that if it is/was dropsy she would have stopped eating as soon as other symptoms occurred, and possibly even before, so would say this isn't dropsy! Just had a bit of an epidemic of dropsy with my platies and now only have 2! (lost 4)
Quick note, dropsy tends to stay within species, so if you do get it, you'll only lose danios, your platies probably wouldn't pick it up. Hope everything is well in your fishy world now though!

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