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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Question Does my guppy look normal?

Sadly his tank-mate recently died of dropsy and I'm concerned he is going the same way. I've currently got him separated from the other fish because I've heard dropsy can be caused by bacterial infections and I don't want risk infecting the other fish.

I've been treating his water with myxazin. His appetite is really good and he is very active. Not sure if I'm doing the right thing at this point. Or if there's even anything wrong with him.

Does he look a normal shape for a guppy- or is he slightly bloated?

If so what should I be doing for him? Does he need any treatment for infection?

Here's a link to a video of him now,
the picture attached to the post is from when I got him 9 months ago.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 12:17 PM
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He looks like he's swimming oddly and he's breathing fast.
I'm not sure about bloated, but he does look pretty full.
You said he was separated right now? I wouldn't treat him until I was sure there was something wrong, but he does look a little off.

Has he been at the surface a lot? I once had a guppy who was acting like this and then the next day he was completely fine. I have absolutely no idea what it was.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your reply.
Its certainly odd, he's been like this a couple of weeks now. I haven't noticed him being at the surface anymore than usual, but before I quarantined him, he wasn't playing with the other Guppies and he's slower than he was. I'm suspicious because one of his tank mate's died of dropsy- although the other fish are in good health.
Just in case would Epsom salt be a good idea?

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 10:16 AM
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He does look like he is swimming oddly. I think epsom salts would be a good way to go. I've found they can help get rid of a variety of things as well as just make the fish happier and healthier. If he is quarantined, and you don't have any other fish that can't tolerate the salt, you should be fine.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-03-2012, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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Have today bought a bottle of Epsom Salt, couldn't find it in the fish shop, but managed to get some in Boots. Bottle says its 100% Magnesium Sulphate so should be fine. I'm going to give poorly guppy a salt bath but was wondering if anyone could help me with dosage? Its a 1 gallon tub I'm going to use. Thanks!
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I would QT him just in case, i thought that he may be bloated and with a recent dropsey!

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