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Dropsy symptoms

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Today, out of the blue, my goldfish started to show signs of dropsy. Extremely bloated and pinecone scales. This is the saddest day of my life and I know it's hard to save her.. But is there anything I can do or is it too late?

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:hi Please fill out this form and provide pictures from a direct above view of the fish so we can see the pineconing.

* Ammonia Level(Tank)
* Nitrite Level(Tank)
* Nitrate level(Tank)
* Ammonia Level(Tap)
* Nitrite Level(Tap)
* Nitrate level(Tap)
* Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
* Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
Other Required Info:
* Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?
* Water temperature?
* Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?
* What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?
* How often do you change the water and how much?
* How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?
* How many fish in the tank and their size?
* What kind of water additives or conditioners?
* What do you feed your fish and how often?
* Any new fish added to the tank?
* Any medications added to the tank?
* List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.
* Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?
* Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?

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Welcome to Kokos Anna. Someone will be along to help you. Hope your Goldfish feels better.

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Do you have other fish in his tank?  If so, you need a separate container (~10gallons) for him for treatment.  It needn't be an aquarium.  A plastic storage container works fine.  If he's an only fish, we can treat in the current tank.


We need the form filled out  before giving instructions, but you should get medications immediately.  Please obtain:


Epsom salt (MgSO4) from the drugstore.


Triple Sulfa.  You can probably get this from the big box pet stores (or a fish store). 


Metronidazole.  You should be able to find this in a fish store.  If you don't have a local fish store, please order this and pick up some API General Cure to use while you wait for it to arrive.


I'm not recommending the sources linked above.  I just wanted you to see the products.  You may find better deals with a search.

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