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post #1 of 9 Old 07-26-2011, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Dropsy... I think??

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I have noticed that my platty has got dropsy. (i think) she looked like a pine cone. Sadly she died and i wanted to know the causes of it so that my other fish dont contract it? I have done a 50% water change and i know i have plenty of filteration ( not sure if that matters). I recently added a new fish to the aquarium, could that have been the reason?? Iv never had or even seen this in a fish before so dont know much about it?!!

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post #2 of 9 Old 07-26-2011, 07:33 PM
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Did you by chance take a picture?
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post #3 of 9 Old 07-27-2011, 02:03 AM Thread Starter
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No i didnt sorry
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post #4 of 9 Old 07-27-2011, 02:23 AM Thread Starter
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I have found a picture on google
of how she looked but havnt got a clue how to upload it into a post??
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-27-2011, 02:51 AM
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Should be able to just copy and paste the web address.
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-27-2011, 02:55 AM Thread Starter
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http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...dlqLVVBfpYc9h2

Try that??
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post #7 of 9 Old 07-27-2011, 04:25 AM
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Not an expert but that looks like Dropsy to me. I lost a platy about 2 weeks ago to this and none of the other fish had it and I've no idea where it came from. I'm sure some of the fishy experts on here can explain alot more about it than me.
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post #8 of 9 Old 07-27-2011, 11:14 AM
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Here is some information about dropsy, I got this from the post by Lupin on diseases from a sticky on the diesease section. Also besides the causes that are listed by Lupin I have seen kidney failure and heart failure listed.

Dropsy of Aquarium Fish
Synonyms:
Bloat, Malawi Bloat

Symptoms:
Protrusion of scales, distended abdomen, pop-eye

Causes:
Dropsy has several possible causes: poor water quality, poor food quality, bacterial infections, intestinal flagellates, excessive proteins (especially to purely vegetarians)

Longer periods of stress can weaken the fish's immune system thus enabling the bacteria to enter the fish's body. At this stage, it becomes increasingly difficult to remedy the situation. The disease begins with a bacterial infection of the intestines resulting in the excretion of slimy fish wastes. In the course of the disease, parts of the mucous membrane of the intestines come off. They stay at the anus of the fish. Even if the fish keeps taking up the food, it cannot digest the food anymore leading to the malfunctioning of the internal organs. The amount of water the fish takes in then cannot be expelled and the excess liquid gather in the body cavity resulting in the protrusion of scales and eyes.

Excessive proteins can also cause bloat among fish, mbunas most especially as the fish cannot effectively digest the proteins in their stomachs. Herbivorous fish have longer digestive systems that are not designed to digest excessive proteins in comparison to the carnivores' shorter digestive system. Do not feed your herbivorous fish foods that contain too much protein. For more information about foods and their nutritional values, please check this topic.

Treatment:
Epsom salts, metronidazole, kanamycin sulfate

Treatment may not be effective as the disease itself is internal making it difficult to treat and determine the exact cause.


Read more: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/t...#ixzz1TJp2sYsE
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-27-2011, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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This is wot i was looking for.

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