05-15-2007, 12:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Lupin
I have not seen nor heard of plecos suffering from dropsy. If you have a spare tank, you might have to put him there and continue monitoring him as days progress. Better to do so than never as there are dropsy cases which can cause transmission via cannibalism.
Causes of dropsy are based mostly on bad water quality, bad food quality, internal parasites and damaged internal organs. If it was dropsy, there is little chance a fish can last as most cases are incurable.
Water conditions, as posted, are good but as Ihave only had him for 2 weeks roughly, it's hard to tell whether any of the others may be an issue.
I moved him just minutes ago just incase - better safe than sorry as I have other plecs, and was worried they would suck on him if he did die. Even if it's not dropsy, whch I'm still unsure about because of it's unlikliness, I don't really want them sucking on a dead fish anyway. I had a spare tankset up for fry, but I hadn't planned moving th fry for a few days - so they'll just have to wait a bit longer now.
Just need to keep monitoring him and hoping for the best.