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Old 11-12-2013, 03:45 PM   #1
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Hurry please help! Dropsy!?

I think my new calico swordtail has dropsy ( ... I heard it's not very treatable.. Should I just put her down? ... Also are my other fish at risk?? I noticed some of my neons appear to have ick now and one neon had boils on him. I dosed with quick cure and melafix
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:35 PM   #2
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I'm sorry to hear this, and unfortunately I cannot help too much, but others will want to know the specific Ammonia, Nitrite & Nitrate levels in order to help you.
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Well unfortunately I decided to put her down. I will continue dosage of quick cure and melafix tomorrow to be safe. I will check water parameters soon.
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Ammonia and nitrite are 0. Nitrate is about 10
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:14 PM   #5
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Dropsy is generally a secondary infection and difficult to cure unless you know the underlying cause. Even then, if the fish has dropsy, it is often too late. It may have had internal problems such as liver or kidney disease.

You did right to euthanise the fish.
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