This guide explains what you need to perform Dropsy treatment, how to perform it, and the reasoning for all the steps.
Before you read that stuff though, you should understand:
The term “Dropsy” refers to a condition where a fish’s abdomen fills with fluid and, after time, it’s scales stand up on end – giving it a pine cone-like appearance.
The cause of Dropsy is hard to determine because it is associated with so many different things. Infections, tumors, improper water conditions, improper tank mates – all of these things can cause your fish to acquire the Dropsy condition.
How to Perform Dropsy Treatment
- A hosptial aquarium
- Unscented, non-antibacterial soap
- Rubber gloves
- A container
- Epsom Salt
- Dr. G’s Anti-parasitic fish food
- Mardel Maracyn-Two Packs (maybe)
Step 1) Set up a hospital aquarium.
The purpose for setting up a hosptial aquarium is so that we don’t add Epsom Salt, Dr. G’s Anti-parasitic fish food, and (in some cases) a Mardel Maracyn Two pack to an aquarium that doesn’t need it. As the famous saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Step 2) In a small container, mix these ingredients, until the Epsom Salt dissolves:
- ⅛ tsp of Epsom Salt for every 5 gallons of water the separate aquarium holds. Use this calculator to determine how much Epsom Salt this equates to for you:
- Enough water from the original aquarium to dissolve the Epsom Salt.
Then, pour the Epsom Salt mixture into the hospital aquarium.
The purpose for adding Epsom Salt to the hospital aquarium is because Epsom Salt draws out fluid from your fish’s body. This is a good thing as it will reduce the swelling of your fish’s body.
Step 3) Wash your hands with unscented, non-antibacterial soap, then put on rubber gloves.
The purpose for washing your hands with unscented, non-antibacterial soap is because we want to eliminate any contaminants from entering the aquarium as we begin netting out fish in the next few steps.
The purpose for putting on rubber gloves is because if we don’t, when we touch something in the aquarium, the oils on our hands can transfer to the aquarium and can potentially harm the fish.
Step 4) Acclimate your infected fish to the hospital aquarium.
Step 1) Prepare the setup – your aquarium should be vacant with all of your fish being inside a bucket.
Remember, you should always avoid using a bucket that is used for other purposes because it could have harmful bacteria in it.
Step 2) Using an Acclimation Kit, siphon water from your aquarium into the bucket with the fish at a rate of 2-4 drips per second until the water level inside the bucket triples.
Doing this will slowly adjust the water parameters inside the bucket to be very close the water parameters inside your aquarium. After the water level has tripled, your fish will be adjusted to your aquarium water, so it is safe to transfer them into your aquarium.
Step 5) For the next 3 days, feed your fish 2 servings of Dr. G’s Anti-parasitic fish food per day with only as much food as they can consume in 2 minutes.
The purpose for feeding your fish anti-parasitic fish food is because anti-parasitic fish food can eliminate the bacteria that’s causing Dropsy in your fish. The purpose for only doing this for 3 days and then checking on your fish is because you want to see if they are recovering from Dropsy. If they aren’t, you should add a Maracyn Two pack to their aquarium to add another aspect to combat the Dropsy bacteria.
Step 6) For the next 7 days, continue feeding your fish 2 servings of Dr. G’s Anti-parasitic fish food per day with only as much food as they can consume in 2 minutes.
If they haven’t improved after this time, consult with a veterinarian on how to perform another Dropsy treatment. However, if they have improved after this time, proceed to the next step.
There is no point to transferring them back to an aquarium where something is obviously wrong.
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