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me12 05-03-2007 04:18 PM

a case of the dropsy?
I have two black widow tetras that are very fat. I have had them for about 3 months now and as they are supposed to have good appetites I thought they were suffering from a modern phenomenon that affects quite a lot of us humans. However, after encarsarating one and reducing his food he's still fat. This makes me wonder if he has the dropsy. I read that such fish should be separated from other fish encase they catch something, but I have two of these rotund fellows and they seem quite happy. Any adduce would be welcome. :)

tangy 05-03-2007 06:42 PM

hello. do your tetras scales protrude from the body? if not, then(im not jumping to instant conclusions,just oppinions) it could be something else such as constipation or an internal parasite, both cause fish to bloat.

Lupin 05-03-2007 08:17 PM

Green peas should ease out the fish's bowel movements if constipation is suspected. In dropsy, most cases are far from curable and the fish must be isolated and euthanized immediately.

me12 05-04-2007 07:11 AM

well, there are no other symptoms, such as protruding scales, the two fish concerned are very healthy looking. I guess a bit of green stuff will cost nothing. I will feed the greens to the one I have in the community tank and the other I will continue with his diet. :) Thanks for the advice.

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