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post #1 of 5 Old 02-22-2009, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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does salt cause dropsy? kribensis dead =(

My kribensis cichlid was in my 26 gallon for 5 days and today hes swollen up with dropsy and pretty much dead. I have 3 gouramis and two small plecos in the same tank and theyre doing fine. The tank is treated with API aquarium salt. does salt cause dropsy in some fish?
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-02-2009, 03:21 PM
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No, salt doesn't cause dropsy. Actually salts (especially magnesium salts) are useful for the treatment of dropsy. Were the fish's scales sticking out like a pinecone? That's usually an indication of dropsy. Otherwise, he might have been swollen from constipation or something similar.

Also, why are you using salt? There's no need to dose salt on a regular basis, and it can actually be harmful to certain fish (especially labyrinth fish and scaleless fish, and you have both).

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post #3 of 5 Old 03-04-2009, 02:03 AM Thread Starter
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ich and stress, i thought it would be good for the fish at least for a while
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-04-2009, 10:58 AM
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I would slowly phase it out of your regular maintenance schedule. The gouramis and plecos will appreciate it for sure.

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post #5 of 5 Old 03-04-2009, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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even before salt my gouramis are being very shy, exhibit a barring pattern, and constantly hide. what could be wrongw ith them cuz they should be swimming about and ive tried a lot of things like adding floating plants cutting the current adding hiding spots changing the water everything.
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