I haven't been on here in a while, but I wanted to upload this thread. I've been rediculously busy with life....I don't even have my tanks at my own place yet (if that tells you anything). The point of this thread isn't so much of asking help, though help is always appreciated. I mainly made this to let people who are worried about their fish having dropsy see first hand the signs to look for.
About a week ago I came over to my grandparents' to see them and check on my fish. Clementine was extremely swollen and her eyes were really big...she had pop-eye. I told my grandma to fast the whole tank for a couple of days, as she is in a sorority with bottom feeders (just great...). Her eye swelling went down in two days and she had been fine until last night. Fast forward: My grandma called me this morning saying that Clementine had been slow all night and that I needed to come over and look at her. She was sitting on top of the tank's floater plants, gasping for air. She has also started to pinecone.
Now I have her in a QT being treated with one tsp of epsom salt (100% magnesium sulfate). I'm using her original tank water as she has sound parameters in there, and I don't want to do too many changes at once, since this is such a sensitive and life-threatening illness. Also, her original tank water has tannins in it from both her plants, IALs, and black water extract.
I have pics of the pineconning that I will be uploading soon (this laptop won't let me).