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Dropsy Treatment
May 27, 2009
12:50 am
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Hollso
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Hey guys. One of my dwarf gourami's is definitely showing signs of dropsy /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />
I've whipped her out of my 85l tank today and popped her in my make shift hospital tank (aka a tub with a heater and a wee filter). I popped tonic salts in the water too, while I got some medicine.
I got some Interpret Bacterial Treatment No. 9, and got confused. It says that the dropsy treatment can work with tonic salts. Good, I thought, I can use both. However, the tonic salt box said that I should change the water every day (for treatment of fungus, atleast), and the bacterial treatment says not to. D'oh. I hate it when these things contradict each other.
I've also treated my tank as well, with the dosage as stated on the bottle. That was easy enough to follow; 2nd dose for both is in 4 days.

Thanks for reading. Should I have kept gourami in the tank and treated her with the rest, or was the hospitalising her better? Are there any other actions I can take? A website I took a quick look at said that pineconing is a point of no return. I came back today from a weekend away to that /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

May 27, 2009
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Hey Hollso

You did the right thing in putting the gourami into isolation and adding the stated dosage of medication to your community aquarium - although dropsy does not often pass on from one fish to another, exceptions are labyrinth fish or female Kribensis, or strike at a pace as seen with whitespot or velvet.

Dropsy is very difficult to cure and both luck and strength of the 'fish in trouble' plays a part. I would stick with the medication.

Regards David

May 27, 2009
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Once I've given the fish her treatment, it says I should only repeat the treatment 7 days later. Should I keep treating until the dropsy visibly clears up (ie swelling and pineconing goes down).
I have faith in her; she's still quite active and not showing much stress despite being bloated up.
If she doesn't make it, luckily my lfs has reduced the price of their dwarf gouramis, if I need to replace her for her partner.

May 28, 2009
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Hey

With dropsy it is difficult to predict what will happen. I would continue treatment as per the medictaion bottle instructions.

Keep checking on the condition of the male Dwarf in your community.

Regards David

May 29, 2009
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I would keep fingers crossed dude...but in experience your fish probably has 1% chance of coming out the other side...

Of course fish shops or treatment bottles wont tell you this....its all about business.

if we ever get a fish with serious dropsy we do the right thing once its apparent that all hope is gone.

Its life unfortunately....

Lets hope this gourami is one of the 1%.

cheers

May 29, 2009
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Hey Hollso

I was trying to be diplomatic in my approach.

Regards David

June 3, 2009
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Dropsy is usually symptomatic of internal organ problems as far as I know and I've never seen a fish recover from a serious bout. It seems to be most common in mass-produced stuff like platies and neons (personal observation). /dry.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="<_ <" border="0" alt="dry.gif">

Cake or death?
June 4, 2009
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One of my old Guppies got it a few years back and I was advised to euthanise the fish as there was no cure, I was told it was a symptom and not a disease in itself and like Matt says usually an internal problem.

Fortunately I've not had it in a fish since, but I've heard a lot of people who say their Betta has it, and I've found it's usually a case of the fish being kept in poor or stressful conditions in a community tank or the LFS or in transportation. I've heard people say that they've cured their Betta, but we've had no absolute proof.

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