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post #1 of 8 Old 08-06-2012, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Please help - molly with dropsy?

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I found one of my three gold dust mollies dead just now. I changed about 20-30% of my water today and had all my decorations and everything out of the tank because of the cleaning, came in and found him dead. He'd been hanging out at the bottom of the tank with his mouth open looking like he was panting for about a week and I didn't know what was wrong because at feeding time he'd always swim up and act like he was fine. Anyway, I didn't notice until he died that his scales were all sticking out (I'm assuming that's dropsy.) I looked at all my other fish from the top and their scales seemed normal, although they were really pronounced (I could see the outline of each scale really well.) I guess I'm wondering if dropsy spreads and my other fish could be at risk, and if that was dropsy. This is a picture of the fish that died.
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-06-2012, 05:42 PM
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Dropsy is usually a symptom of an underlying issue. You could have some type of bacterial disease in the tank or it could be an isolated case.

Minimally, can you list your water params for PH, Nitrites, NitrAtes, Ammonia? What size tank? How many fish? Water change schedule and volume of water changed?

Any other symptoms or erratic behavior of the remaining fish?

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-06-2012, 06:14 PM
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I would suggest if you have gravel get a siphon and suck the dirt below.

I had that problem for sometime. killed 10 out of my 25 mollies... including my baby fry's.. try to isolate them in a different container for a while and clean the current tank, brush the side of the tank and check the filter floss/pad.

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post #4 of 8 Old 08-06-2012, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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I just got the water tested the other day, and everything was right where it is supposed to be. The nitrites were a little high, but I was told a 20% water change would fix it. The tank is 55 gallons with 3 dalmatian mollies, now 2 gold dust mollies, 4 neon tetras, 3 platys, and around 10 molly and platy fry. I just changed around 30% and a week and a half ago about 20%. The other fish seem fine, except for one neon tetra who has a weird pink lump on its side.
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post #5 of 8 Old 08-06-2012, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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I would suggest if you have gravel get a siphon and suck the dirt below.

I had that problem for sometime. killed 10 out of my 25 mollies... including my baby fry's.. try to isolate them in a different container for a while and clean the current tank, brush the side of the tank and check the filter floss/pad.
I did all of this just this morning before the fish died. :( I can't take the time to set up a whole other tank because we're leaving for vacation on Wednesday. Do you think this can spread to the platies?
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-06-2012, 07:17 PM
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Like someone already said, it could be an isolated incidence or it could spread. Ive only seen it In my tanks a few times and they were all isolated incidences.

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post #7 of 8 Old 08-06-2012, 09:39 PM
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Place some salt in the aquarium just 2 tsp, if I could recommend buy:

General Aid or something with general aid and FOLLOW the instructions.
or
Danios General aid ( Might turn the water green )

FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS


Good luck and if not just cycle tank when you come back but place the fishes in separate containers for a while might it be a jar or something to prevent spreading.

Salt helps me with everything just remember to change water after 2 days! when you place large amount of salt.

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post #8 of 8 Old 08-06-2012, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, thank you. I'll try the salt. One of my platies isn't exactly pine coned, but when I look from the top her scales are really defined. She's acting fine, but could that be an early stage of dropsy?
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