01-20-2007, 12:58 PM
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Well I haven't read up on the subject recently but as I recall dropsy is almost always fatal and is generally caused by some sort of internal infection/organ failure (kidneys I believe). I've found its better to attempt to solve the underlying problem (most likely water cleanliness) than to cure the dropsy itself.
Now despite all that and the fact that almost every source says dropsy is nearly incurable due to the severe organ damage it causes I have managed to save a fish with dropsy before. It was a male betta and I cured him with a combination of aquarium salt, anti-bacterial medication (which caused havoc with the biological filtration), and massive (60%+) daily water changes. He got better eventually and perhaps the same would work for you.
Since you seem to keep guppies (sorry brand new to the site) you'll probably be hearing from me quite a bit. I don't keep them anymore but I bred and raised them for quite a while and have a pretty good idea of what I'm talking about. :)