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Dropsy

This article was worked on by our good friend Nads, this took a lot of her time up to sort it out which will help our members time and time again. Thanks to Nads for this.

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PostAuthor: Nads » Sun Feb 17, 2008 10:58

Dropsy is an abnormal swelling to the fish.

Symptoms

Fish swells up causing it's scales to become raised giving the fish a "pine-cone" appearance.

Other symptoms include;

- Lethargy
- Heavy breathing
- Loss of colour (or in some cases increased or abnormal colouration)

In severe cases the abdomen may appear reddened due to internal bleeding.


Cause

The most common cause of dropsy is an internal bacterial infection.

Fish will be more susceptible to dropsy when under stress, old or if they are being kept in poor water conditions.


Treatment

Ensure water parameters are within the normal range and treat using and internal bacteria treatment (available from most fish stores).
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