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post #1 of 10 Old 02-02-2009, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Is this Dropsy? ((PICS))

It seems like one of my clown loaches has doubled in size over the last several days. It's eyes are kind of bulged and it is pale in color. Is this dropsy?

75 Gallon Tank
PH 7
KH 4
Ammonia 0
Nitrates 30ppm



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post #2 of 10 Old 02-02-2009, 05:47 PM
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hi
yes i think it is.your nitrate is high too.
poor thing,looks awful.
i can't think of the treatment off the top of my head,
someone will come along i'm sure.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #3 of 10 Old 02-02-2009, 06:55 PM
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May be dropsy. If so, your looking at the final stage. There is no cure for this, except keep the water quality very high.
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post #4 of 10 Old 02-02-2009, 07:39 PM
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I have lost two clown loaches that looked like yours. The first one I treated with Maracyn-Two. The bloat did go away, but then it became very skinny , I am guessing it had an IP, that may have caused the bloat to begin with. The second loach, I was unable to fix the bloat, it died within a few days of developing the problem. Good luck with yours, I hope you have better luck!
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post #5 of 10 Old 02-03-2009, 04:29 PM
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It does look like dropsy to me too but I am no expert. I also don't think your Nitrates are high either. Anything under 40 PPM should be OK.

With my very limited knowledge about these types of things I would suggest a general antibiotic like good old penicillin tablets...

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post #6 of 10 Old 02-04-2009, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!

He died before I had the chance to even start treating him. I have been doing weekly 25% water changes. And will start doing larger ones gradually. None of the other fish are showing any signs yet, and I will watch it like a hawk.

Thanks again!
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post #7 of 10 Old 02-04-2009, 04:47 PM
I'm sorry to hear about your fish.:(
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post #8 of 10 Old 02-04-2009, 06:40 PM
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Sorry you lost your clown loach. My second loach got sick about two months after removing the first one, so I am not sure what the problem stemmed from or if it was infact contagious. Good luck with yours!
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post #9 of 10 Old 02-05-2009, 07:08 AM
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It does look like dropsy to me too but I am no expert. I also don't think your Nitrates are high either. Anything under 40 PPM should be OK.

With my very limited knowledge about these types of things I would suggest a general antibiotic like good old penicillin tablets...

*hides from 1077 and his hate for medicine*
While I generally despise resorting to medications,, they do have their uses. The problem lies with the inability of most,, (myself included) to properly diagnose what exactly they are treating the fish for. More times than I care to remember,, this person or that will prescribe or describe all manner of meds to use or that have already been used in an often futile attempt to bring relief to their fish . They try this med or that ,,usually they do not treat for prescribed lenghth of time, they overdose with the med thinking More is better, or they combine medications. It is always easier to maintain water quality than it is to treat sick fish.By learning how to identify possible sick fish when purchasing them and through the use of quarantine tank, many will have no need for medications.Regular water changes and proper maint, along with not overfeeding or overstocking also will go a long way in negating the need for medicating ones fish.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #10 of 10 Old 02-05-2009, 05:14 PM
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i'm sorry to see you lost the clown.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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