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Dropsy - Some progress

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Sorry I havent posted in ages.

As some of you may know, one of my goldies has dropsy :( Well, is rather displaying the signs. But since I have her in QT and been using epsom salts( adding 4 tablespoons. It's a ten gallon tank) and doing 100% WC daily. She is picking up a bit. She was bottom sitting for a while, but she has gotten better a bit. And her pineconing has gone down a great deal and looks rather bloated as opposed to pineconed. I assume its good progress. This morning, she went for some flakes. And she isn't bottom sitting as much. Shes hanging out in the anacharis a bit actually.

But, another fish(in my main tank) is acting a bit lethargic. She is eating and swimming but been going to the bottom of the tank and hanging around there more. Which is odd cause she usually hangs around the top of the tank. She is also my crippled fish. When I got her, she was torn up, but she is recovering well. I got her about 2 months ago. And QT her for 3 weeks til she looked a bit better. I just find it odd that she is hanging around the bottom so much.

I lost a fish who was showing signs of dropsy within a few hours last month. I wasn't able to get on here for help however as we had the internet cut off due to a small billing dispute.

I asked for in the wanted section for MetroMeds(I'm a bit short of money), but was told to post here and get more info to see if I really need it. Here are tank details

Here is the info

  • * Ammonia Level (tank): 0
  • * Nitrite Level (tank) 0
  • * Nitrate level (Tank)20 (0.o)
  • * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0
  • * Nitrite Level (Tap) 0
  • * Nitrate level (Tap) 0
  • * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6
  • * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.8
    Other Required Info:
  • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops.
  • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? AC 30 and AC 70
  • * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime after every WC(half dose)
  • * Water temperature? 77F
  • * How often do you change the water and how much? 80% bi weekly

  • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today. 80%.
  • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 60 gal. For over a year and a half
  • * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 about 3 inches of body plus aboit an inch of tail
  • * What do you feed your fish and how often? Peas, Omega One Flakes, Spirulina Disks and Pretty Pond Lionhead depending on the day of the week
  • * Any new fish added to the tank? Nope
  • * Any medications added to the tank? No.
  • * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) Dropsy.
  • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? No
  • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Bottom sitting
  • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.
  • * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video.

I'm sorry everything is messy. I have family over and I'm typing this out as fast as I could. I'll be on and offline throughout the night, so please bear with my slowness. :(

Any help at all would be amazing! :) Thanks!

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If needed, I use standard lighting and have an amazon sword, and two anubias growing. I also have some plastic plants as well. And there is a bubble wand as well.

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As one progressed, the other one who was bottom sitting is still doing so. No signs of dropsy. She is just bottom sitting a lot and eating.

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Could we have some pictures, or a video, please?

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WOW! 4 TBS for only 10 gallons?! I think that may be way too much!!! I've got a touch of dropsy here too so I'm trying to refresh my memory on what to do but I think that much salt will kill her. One time I lost a shubie to oversalting and his gills started to bleed. Worst death ever. Please use less salt.

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