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pshinded 04-21-2008 02:39 PM

Neon Tetra _Really in bad Shape
I have 7neons in my 20G tank along with 3 scissortails and 1molly.

One of the tetras has bloated out of proportion and i think it is increasing.
It keeps on rapidly opening and closing its mouth.
There is a red bloody coloration under its mouth.

There is no color lost.
It moves along with others.
It eats fine but with difficulty
Water parameters are all in safe zone.

Picture attached at all angles.
Can anyone suggest what this is please.
Any cure for this disease.
Please help asap.

pshinded 04-21-2008 02:51 PM

Picture here

willow 04-21-2008 03:20 PM

is there any chance that you have got a hospital tank that you could move him too ?

pshinded 04-21-2008 04:03 PM

I dont,
But i can get one.

Any word on the issue?[/u]

willow 04-22-2008 10:13 AM

looks like he's bloated,does he look like a pine cone
if you look at him from above,there are meds on the market
for that.
however i would like to hear other peoples views on this.

mitcore 04-23-2008 03:27 AM

this is what your fish has and how to treat it

Symptoms: Bloating of the body, protruding scales.

Dropsy is caused from a bacterial infection of the kidneys, causing fluid accumulation or renal failure. The fluids in the body build up and cause the fish to bloat up and the scales to protrude. It appears to only cause trouble in weakened fish and possibly from unkempt aquarium conditions.
An effective treatment is to add an antibiotic to the food. With flake food, use about 1% of antibiotic and carefully mix it in. If you keep the fish hungry they should eagerly eat the mixture before the antibiotic dissipates. Antibiotics usually come in 250 mg capsules. If added to 25 grams of flake food, one capsule should be enough to treat dozens of fish. A good antibiotic is chloromycetin (chloramphenicol). Or use tetracycline. If you feed your fish frozen foods or chopped foods, try to use the same ratio with mixing. As a last resort add at most 10 mg per liter of water. Also, if unkempt conditions are the suspected cause, correct it.

pshinded 04-23-2008 10:38 AM

thanks mitcore
Unfortunately, the tetra in the picture died yesterday.

But i will treat the rest of the tank with the antibiotics.

Thanks for the info.

willow 04-23-2008 01:13 PM

sorry to see that. :(

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