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    Pregnant/fat/constipated or sick?

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    Re: Pregnant/fat/constipated or sick?

    It's sick, suffering from dropsy or bloated

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    Re: Pregnant/fat/constipated or sick?

    Quote Originally Posted by Guppendler View Post
    It's sick, suffering from dropsy or bloated
    thank you Guppendler for the prompt response. I did some searching online and found the following symptoms of dropsy:

    • Grossly swollen belly
    • Scales stand out (pinecone appearance)
    • Eyes bulge
    • Gills become pale
    • Anus becomes red and swollen
    • Feces pale and stringy
    • Ulcers form on the body along the lateral line
    • Spine may become curved
    • Fish clamps fins
    • Fish becomes lethargic
    • Fish stops eating
    • Fish hangs near the surface


    my cardinal tetra seems to satisfy 2 criteria which is the "Grossly swollen belly" and "Spine may become curved". Is this 2 symptoms enough to conclude it has dropsy? Also what course of action should I take now?

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    Re: Pregnant/fat/constipated or sick?

    You can use Epsom salt and feed mashed peas

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    Re: Pregnant/fat/constipated or sick?

    The pine cone appearance may not necessarily be obvious. At this stage there is no cure possible, dropsy is difficult to treat. Best isolate the fish from the rest, it will not last very long. If the fish is in great discomfort, maybe consider euthanizing it.

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