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Nicole
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Dropsy
« on: February 11, 2013, 05:13:23 PM »

Our oranda, Swim, has dropsy.  I read the article on the site about it, and got some mixed information.  Is it possible to cure dropsy with antibacterial meds, such as Pimafix or Melafix, or will poor Swim have to be put down?  He's swimming upside down but still eating, and just showed "pinecone" scales today.  Please let me know what your experience is with this.
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4Charlie
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Re: Dropsy
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2013, 10:18:09 PM »

I have never been sucessful at it. I hope others here have as I would like to know too. I wish you good luck at dealing with it...
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scrivens345
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Re: Dropsy
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2013, 10:23:17 AM »

I have heard of fish surviving; but dropsy ( a symptom of a serious underlying condition) Is usually fatal, I'm afraid.  A broad spectrum anti- bacterial treatment is your best hope.
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Skwishee
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Re: Dropsy
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2013, 05:06:17 AM »

I think whether a fish survives dropsy or not, depends on what caused the dropsy, at least this has been my impression (I could be wrong). I was under the idea that if bacteria caused the illness it's possible for the fish to survive, but if it's been caused by organ failure or something similar internally, then it would be fatal.
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Nicole
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Re: Dropsy
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2013, 08:12:41 PM »

Thanks for your help.  We transferred Swim to the treatment tank and gave him some antibacterial medicine, but right now he's lying on the bottom of the tank flapping his fins near the plants.  I hope he makes it through the night and we don't have to say goodbye to a wonderful finned friend.
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fantailer
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Re: Dropsy
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2013, 04:26:31 PM »

I would also try lowering the water level too.
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