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Old 05-09-2011, 09:31 PM   #1 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: USA
Exclamation Cinder has Dropsy.

Since 9/15/09 I've been blessed with having Cinder in my life. He's been a delight and a joy in so many ways.

I recently moved to yet another new place and Cinder started making bubblenests right away. He's been energetic and happy and attentive to just about everything in the new place.

This morning, however, I went over to feed him and discovered, to my great alarm and horror, that his scales are greatly raised. He tried to greet me with his usual enthusiasm but quickly returned to his plant to rest; he ate nothing this morning.

I've been home all day keeping an eye on him. He's done very little swimming and not much else.

He's slept on his plant all day (just below the surface). It hurts me so to see him in such a state but I must let nature take its course and try to make him as comfortable as I can.

So... sorry for not keeping in touch with the forum for so long and sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:07 PM   #2 
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Awe, I'm so sorry to here this! Let's hope he gets better. :)

I think it would be best to put him in a small QT and start an Epsom salt (2tsp per gallon) treatment. Cover the top with something to keep in heat/humidity and make 100% daily water changes with premixed Epsom salt/conditioned water. I believe you should also keep the water temp as stable as possible and around 75*F.

Good luck!
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Old 05-10-2011, 11:26 PM   #3 
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How is Cinder today? I am currently treating my goldfish for dropsy, and learned that apparently it is not a 100% fatal disease. Many goldfish owners have successfully treating them with epsom salt (1/8 tsp per gallon) at high temperatures (80-86*F) with 100% daily water changes.

Metronidazole has proven effective against treating dropsy as well. There are anti-parasite pellets (sold by Jungle) that contain Metronidazole and Jungle's Parasite Clear fizz tablets and Maracyn II have both proved to be successful against dropsy... I hope this is of some help
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