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Molly with suspected dropsy, Please help!

Discussion in 'FreshWater General Discussion' started by blueberry_pye, May 26, 2011.

  1. blueberry_pye

    blueberry_pye Medium Fish

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    Hi ive just noticed my black mollys scales are slightly sticking out under his belly. He hasnt got the big bloated dropsy belly yet. So i dont know if this could be a sign hes getting it? Ive added multicure to the whole tank just to be safe i dont want anything spreading to all of them, it just doesnt look normal all the others belly scales arnt slightly raised. On the other hand he still active and is eating well could anything else be causing this or is it sounding like early stages of dropsy? They are already in brackish water so no point using salt to help treat him hmm i dont know?? Unless epsom salts does something different from the instant ocean im using?
     


  2. HappyFish

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  3. RyuKing

    RyuKing Small Fish

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    If it is still eating it could be a mild case of bloat. Quarantine him immediately and feed him some fresh peas. Small pieces of course, but not too many. If you don't see a change within a few hours, chances are it could be the beginning of dropsy. Act fast because dropsy is lethal.
     
  4. achase

    achase Large Fish

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    I agree quarantine! If it's dropsy there isn't really much you can do. Try the pea thing and see if that helps.

    It's the raised scales that usually defines a fish's illness as dropsy rather than bloat. I had a fish once who had dropsy (no doubt in my mind - the scales stuck right out) and I ended up just putting the fish down.
     
  5. ValRasbora

    ValRasbora Superstar Fish

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    Yeah, I too, doubt it's bloat. We can keep our fingers crossed! Keep up water changes. I swear they do miracles.
     
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