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brinn
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syringe
« on: March 25, 2012, 07:26:20 AM »

Have anyone ever used a needle to release the air from the belly of a fish? my Oranda has dropsy for a few months now, fed him peas for a week but it seem as though he just can not swallow anything, looks like that air bag is swollen to his throat...very sad.
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Nossie
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Re: syringe
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2012, 06:02:15 AM »

DO NOT.
You have no idea where or how to insert the needle, and would most likely end up harming the fish badly.
I think you should euthanize the fish if it's been suffering for this long. Take a bag or a small container, add tank water, the fish and put it in the freezer. Do not open the freezer to check, just leave it for a few hours and the fish will fall asleep peacefully.

Next time you notice dropsy, separate the fish immediately, add a heater to the tank and add some maracyn 2 or equivalent and hope for the best. Don't wait several months before you start feeding them peas Sad
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Skwishee
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Re: syringe
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2012, 08:49:43 AM »

I would agree with Nossie, not to do the procedure yourself. If possible you could always try looking for a fish vet in your local area, but I'm not sure if and how much they would charge to carry out the operation, but it's something you could look into.

Although if the fish has had dropsy for a few months, I'm not sure on how likely it would be to fully recover. What do you think Noss?
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Nossie
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Re: syringe
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2012, 05:12:18 AM »

Hardly |: Especially if there hasn't been any other attempts at treating the fish than feeding peas this last week. And also, they mentioned something about the swim bladder being visible in the throat of the fish? Not good at all Undecided
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scrivens345
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Re: syringe
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2012, 05:35:29 AM »

IF it were dropsy the fish could not have survived this long
1) Do a large water change
2) lower the water level in the tank to reduce pressure
3) do not feed for at least 24 hours
4) then feed one green pea

Repeat above until you see an improvement. If there is no improvement consider euthanasia
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