For the longest time I assumed Sarge was coping with constipation and swim bladder disease, but after a week of fasting, epsom salt baths, and then some daphnia with only slight improvement I decided there must be something esle going on here. Looked around the interwebs for his symptons: bloating (anywhere from slight to rediculously huge, may be isolated to abdomen) listlessness, trouble with balance. Check, check, and check. No pineconing, but it seems I caught things early enough to save Sarge. Have been treating with tetracycline for four days now. This morning, bloating has reduced (still has a little pooch going) and is now swimming around his tank, as opposed to the last two weeks spent either hiding in his stump or floating at the surface. Still not his usuall lively self, but there's still a two days worth of medication to give him, and another round if necessary. But it seems it was a bacterial infection and that he'll pull through. I have also heard of a medication "Clout" curing dropsy, but after reading the box, it seems to be more of an anti-parastic (picked it up just incase, and it was only $3)
Figured I'd just post this, seeing as there have been a few threads about dropsy lately, just to prove it can be fought and that you can keep your little buddy from going belly up with a little luck and perserverence.