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post #11 of 51 Old 11-19-2006, 04:29 AM
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Just in case the fish dies in the main tank, be sure to remove it as soon as possible. The way dropsy is contageous is when another fish eats the internal organs of an infected fish.
Just so you don't feel too bad, dropsy is something nobody knows yet where it comes from, what causes it. It is a termimnal illness, and while in some fish you can treat symptoms for a while, eventually it is fatal. There is no actual cure.
If possible, I'd get that fish out of the main tank asap. Then, if it doesn't survive, the other fish are not at risk of contracting the disease.

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post #12 of 51 Old 11-19-2006, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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The water movement was making her hit the rocks when she tried to swim so I did remove her to a bowel, but unfortunately she did die (but NOT in the tank). I just hope my tiger barbs don't get it!!!! I had her for about a year and she was one hardy fish! I Use AquaSafe when adding water or changing it.
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post #13 of 51 Old 11-19-2006, 02:44 PM
Sorry to hear about the death. Just make sure you keep the tank clean. I would look into what happened before it got ill...

Ferts - Make sure it's diluted properly.

Outside chemicals - Any glass cleaning, bug spraying around the tank?

Acclimation - If it's a new fish, maybe the fish was not properly acclimated.
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post #14 of 51 Old 11-19-2006, 02:50 PM
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That sucks about the Gourami...sometimes there's just not much you can do to save a fish's life, but at least you made an effort. Best of luck with your other fish.
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post #15 of 51 Old 11-20-2006, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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my nitrates are 10 ppm (mg/L). I'm not sure what that means though, I would appreciate it if someone would let me know it that's good or bad.

My other fish (3 little tiger barbs) are doing ok i think. 2 of them look like their stomachs are kinda swollen but eat anyways and then get a little fatter. They act fine so I just gave them some frozen peas. If that dosn't make them better could it be the dropsy???

How long should I wait to put another fish in? My 20 gal tank looks so empty!
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post #16 of 51 Old 11-20-2006, 07:13 PM
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10 ppm of nitrates is fine.
For dropsy cases, be on the lookout for symptoms such as bloated abdomen, protrusion fo scales and eyes popping out of the socket.

I can't answer the last question but an empty tank would definitely have mini-cycles as bacteria has nothing to feed on with the absence of fish and the wastes which serve as ammonia, food for the bacteria.

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I fed them some fresh unfrozen peas and now their stomachs look even worse!!!!!!!!! They seemed overly happy to eat the peas and even darted around to see who got the pieces first!!! They seem to be working harder than they should to be staying upright.

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"Headstanding" is something Tiger Barbs do when there is high nitrite. I would test again for nitrites. Are you using a good liquid test kit? The barbs tend to do this in the early stages of nitrite poisoning. Don't think feeding them a pea would make it worse, or suddenly make them headstand.

How long have they been doing this?

Test your water parameters again, and if nitrite is indeed high, immediately do some water changes.
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That's odd. The pic shows the barbs don't have large stomachs but if viewed on their backs, it probably is. But green peas should act as laxative and smoothen the flow of their wastes out of their bodies.

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I just tested again and Nitrites are 0...To me in the pic their stomachs look bigger than normal, could it be im just not feeding them enough maybe??? I stuck the tip of my finger in the water and they nibbled me like they were paranas or something...Maybe i'm just being overly paranoid because of all the bad luck i'v had in the past.
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