Oh sorry, I totally missed that sentence before, haha. I would hope it's not a water quality issue - I try to take pretty good care of my tank and all the plants are healthy, but I guess there's always a possibility. Hopefully no one else will get sick...I'd hate to have the whole tank crash after only a couple months. Thanks for all your help! :)
I think its more likely the use of frozen foods and not a water quality issue... Hopefully you can get everything cleared up.
I have tried treating the water with meds but feeding them works better and is easier, IMO. Then you can continue on with the feeding schedule and water change schedule you already have.
If you are worried about water quality though and you change the water weekly, maybe it would be a good idea to test the water daily for a week? Just to be sure the water parameters are still good after a week. If not, you may have to adjust the water change schedule to every 6 or 5 days. But I don't really think its a water quality issue.
Oh, no :( Are you treating her with anything? Dropsy can also be caused by an internal parasite (one that does not affect the color/look of the poop) but is usually caused by an internal bacterial infection...
In either case, I would combine Metro and Kanaplex if you decide to treat her. And I would also treat the other girls. You can feed both Metro and Kanaplex so if you mixed them and soaked the food in the mixture, it should prevent the other girls from getting it as both internal parasites and bacterial infections are contagious.
I am not because I don't have the right stuff...I have a few medications here but nothing for the parasite part. I have api triple sulfa, api general cure, epsom and aq salt and that's it. Going to buy some other stuff online though...I think this girl's chances aren't looking good. She's also blue and I was a bit nervous about buying her initially but she was doing so well until now! Still no interest in food but the other girls are fine so hopefully I can get the right meds before they start showing symptoms (if they're infected). :(
Yes, the dropsy definitely does work fast...I lost her about 45 mins ago. :( I'm really sad because she was honestly the most beautiful fish in my tank! I want to get another blue female now but am going to wait a while after this craziness.
As for the rest of my tank, what should I do? Should I wait and see if any others develop symptoms or try and do the food thing? Still nervous about using anything in that tank though with the shrimp/snails/plants/scaleless fish...