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RE: Dropsy? question
From my limited knowledge dropsy is an internal
bacterial infection. This is mainly happens when
the fish is stressed because of water quality or
something else. Sometimes it just happens without
any reason (Seen this a lot with gourami's). I
think the bacteria responsible for dropsy is always
present in all our tanks like ich.It just depends
if the fish's immune system can fight of the bacteria.
The only killi's that I have seen with dropsy is your
annuals.. I personally haven't seen it in any of the
others.(Somebody will prove me wrong.)
Like I said tat what I understand from dropsy. Search
the net and you'll find a lot of information.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steve DeMarle [mailto:sdemarle at xomed_com]
> Sent: 06 September 2001 03:04
> To: 'killie list'
> Subject: Dropsy? question
> I recently lost two fish to what I think is dropsy. They
> swelled up and
> their scales stuck out. In the same tank there is a male Fp
> walkeri which
> appears to be perfectly healthy. My questions are: Is this
> really dropsy
> and if not what else could it be? How contagious is this
> disease? What do
> I need to do to keep if from spreading to other tanks? Now that I've
> removed the dead fish what do I need to do to the tank before
> I put other
> fish in it? And finally if it is dropsy what causes it and is their a
> treatment that works?
> Tank parameters are temps in the high 70's, hard water, regular water
> changes at least monthly, some plants, basically a well
> established tank.
> The only thing I had done differently than normal was to feed
> this tank
> moina (sp?) and mosquito larvae that I raised outside.
> However I also fed
> the same food on the same day to several other tanks with no problems.
> Thanks for the help.
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