Join Date: May 2011
Location: Elk Grove, California
Hi Syriiven, I only skimmed through this (33 pgs!) but it sounds like Amaterasu has dropsy symptoms?
Just to clarify, dropsy is a symptom or condition but not an actual disease. Its scientific term is ascites. While the most common cause of dropsy symptoms is a buildup of fluid in the body cavity, bloating and pineconing can be caused by egginess in females, constipation, overfeeding, even just plain old indigestion. A heavy load of internal parasites can also cause dropsy symptoms.
What I last read on pg 30 or so was she was pineconed but acting normally without gray belly or lethargy? Is she still that way or has she worsened?
Either way, what I recommend first and foremost is to remove the Maracyn Two. I know the box says it deals specifically with dropsy symptoms and I myself used to recommend it for dropsy but I have since learned that it can actually WORSEN dropsy symptoms that are caused by kidney infections. The medicine in Maracyn Two is very hard on kidneys and when the kidneys are in distress already, this is not what you want. True, Amaterasu may not have dropsy because of a kidney problem but kidney infections are far and away the leading cause of dropsy.
Next, get her into 3 tsps of epsom salt per gallon and use the tea you have prepared. Make sure the air is humid in her tank, using saran wrap on top with some holes poked in it if necessary.
For a possible kidney infection, the best medication to use is Seachem Kanaplex but it almost always must be ordered online. The med itself is not that costly ($7 at most, I think) but shipping can be a bear. The reason Kanaplex works so well is because it absorbs well into the system so it can target internal problems. Most of the antibiotics readily available do not absorb and are only good for topical infections.
If you can't or don't wish to use meds, continue with the epsom salt and tea treatment for as long as necessary.
Do you think you have a possible cause pinpointed?