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post #1 of 5 Old 12-12-2012, 04:04 AM Thread Starter
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I posted this under the title dropsy but no one answered and I really need some advice, please help

My 100 l tank has 15 tetras, 5 cory's and a betta. All water parameters are fine, temp 25

2 weeks ago 2 of the tetras started to puff up, I thought they were pregnant but now my beloved betta Seraphin has started to pine cone. The tetras seem to be breathing very rapidly and Seraphin is completely lacking in energy. I fear I'm about to loose all 3. Does this sound like dropsy? I thought it was non contagious?

If its dropsy I know there's not much I can do as its usually fatal

2 cory's were added 3 weeks ago but appear perfectly healthy?
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-12-2012, 04:05 AM Thread Starter
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One of the tetra's is now gasping at the surface, I've checked my water again, ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrates 20, I have turned the lights off and dropped the blind in the room as I don't think Seraphin has much longer left. PLEASE, does anyone have any idea what this is?
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-12-2012, 04:06 AM Thread Starter
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One of the Tetras has died, 2 more look bloated and my betta is just floating around. I just don't know what to do
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-12-2012, 04:26 AM
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What do you mean exactly by "all water parameters are fine"? Can you list your test results here?

Are there any other symptoms present other than swelling?

Also, what type of water conditioner are you using and how often/how much of the water do you change? What are you feeding them and how much/how often?

Please post answers to the following questions so that we can attempt to help you better.

1. Size of tank?

2. Water parameters
a. Ammonia?
b. Nitrite?
c. Nitrate?
d. pH, KH and GH?
e. Test kit?

3. Temperature?

4. FW (fresh water) or BW (brackish)?

5. How long the aquarium has been set up?

6. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are they? How long have you had them?

7. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the inhabitants)?

8. a. Any live plants? Fake plants?
b. Sand, gravel, barebottom?
c. Rocks, woods, fancy decors? Any hollow decors?

9. a. Filtration?
b. Heater?

10. a. Lighting schedule? What lights are used?
b. Any sunlight exposure? How long?

11. a. Water change schedule?
b. Volume of water changed?
c. Well water, tap water, RO water?
d. Water conditioner used?
e. Frequency of gravel/sand (if any) vacuumed?

12. Foods?
How often are they fed?

13. a. Any abnormal signs/symptoms?
b. Appearance of poop?
c. Appearance of gills?

14. a. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis?
b. What meds were used?

15. Insert photos of fish in question and full tank shot if necessary.

Read more: Diagnosis Form - Read this before you post.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.

Last edited by Romad; 12-12-2012 at 04:53 AM.
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-14-2012, 04:16 AM Thread Starter
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150 litres,
water parameters checked again and still as listed above, tested with API fresh water liquid test kit
Temp 26.4
Fresh water, fully cycled and running for 2+ years
Fish: 5 harlequin rasbora, 4 red tetra, 4 neon tetra, 6 cory's, 1 betta. Everything except betta less than 3cm
HOB fluval filter, sand substrate, live and fake plants, bog wood, plenty of hiding places
Tropical light on for 8 hours per day
10% tap water change every Saturday with prime, sand hoovered weekly,
Fed dried flake, algae wafer and blood worm once a day.
I cannot quarantine fish as I have no where to do this.
Gills look fine and poop is normal

All fish were fine until we decorated the living room, tank was partially drained and fish left in situ but placed in kitchen away from fumes and still covered. This had to be done twice as a carpet was laid the following weekend.
I am wondering whether the stress of this has caused the problems with the fish? I began treating them with API Melafix because the bettas tail looked split. my betta has returned to normal size with no signs of pine coning. But He looks dreadful, has lost several scales and his tail looks raggedy now but he has returned to his former inquisitive self and has started asking for food and eating again. I've got my fingers crossed he'll pull through but not pinning my hopes on it. The 2 tetras are still swollen but are as active as usual and still eating.

Any ideas? I've kept fish for over 5 years and never seen this before. I'm quite proud to say I've never really lost a fish to illness, occasionally I loose one I've had for years and just put it down to old age but have never had something like this go through a tank. I know people will say "oh they're just cheap little fish" but I pride myself on keeping them well and want to continue to do so as small as they are they mean a lot to me, especially the betta x
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