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post #1 of 5 Old 06-11-2013, 12:57 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Gourami has advanced dropsy, what should we do?

Hi guys, I was feeding the fish in my brother's tropical community tank for him tonight, and I noticed that his gourami has very raised scales and is really lethargic. What should I do? I think that the dropsy is too far progressed, and that the fish isn't going to make it. There are other fish in the tank that aren't showing signs of it, should I treat them? Please help!

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-11-2013, 06:04 AM
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If its progressed to that level, then I would cull the fish. But, I'm not into making the fish suffer any longer than they need to - if you catch something early you can treat for it, but if you don't catch it till late, often there isn't much to be done.


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post #3 of 5 Old 06-11-2013, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. Yes, we were planning to euthanize the fish. I am about to go pick up some clove oil. What I want to know is if I should treat the other fish, though they're not showing signs?

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post #4 of 5 Old 06-11-2013, 06:49 PM
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No, I wouldn't. Just stay on top of water changes and observe.

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post #5 of 5 Old 06-11-2013, 07:23 PM
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Agree with Jaysee, don't treat the tank unless you see signs of illness. Dropsy isn't a disease in itself, it's the result of fluid build up in the fish's system but there can be many causes.

Sorry about the Gourami :(

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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