Here's a link to the thread where I first posted about this problem
At first I thought my fish was just suffering from constipation, but now I’m thinking it’s something else entirely. His stomach is still very swollen, and I’ve noticed he’s having difficulty getting to the surface now. However, aside from the scales over his stomach ‘pineconing’ because his stomach is now so distended, there’s no other evidence that it’s dropsy.
Also, I’ve looked at him under my fish light, and noticed that the swelling is transparent looking, almost as if it is a sac of air rather than the usual appearance of constipation/dropsy. I’ve never seen anything like this before, and I’m not sure how to treat it. So far, he’s been fasted, dewormed twice, had Epsom salt added to his quarantine tank, fed a frozen pea, and fed frozen daphnia.
Unfortunately, none of this seems to have done anything. Could this be some kind bacterial infection? If so, what meds would be best to treat it? I’m not certain what brands are available here, but I don’t want to euthanize him until I have exhausted every option.
Thought I would note the fish I mentioned in my previous thread with dropsy, has now fully recovered. It ended up being a large internal worm load that was causing the pineconing.