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dropsy help!!!

i have lost a fish a week for the past % weeks or so.
All of them from dropsy
i just bought a little green machine and have been running it to try and help stop this outbreak.

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gh 30
kh 40
ph 6.5
no2 0
no3 5-10

what should i do?
what about running the sterilizer 24/7
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I dealt w/ the same thing a few months ago. Almost always 2 at a time until I went through a dozen or so. Seemed to stop after I started removing/euthanizing as soon as they developed any signs, i.e. when they started breathing quicker, rather than waiting for the bloat.

I never installed a uv, but you could give it a try.
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thanks!
any other thoughts??
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turn off the uv and try a round of maracyn 2... after you finish the round of antibiotic, you can turn the uv back on.
UV breaks down the meds too.


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I have had luck with maracyn 2 and jungle fungus clear both. Times two on turning off the uv while treating.

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uv off, on way to lfs for maracyn

can i treat the whole tank with it?
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You can treat the whole tank, but it really depends on the species. Some won't tolerate it well and others will be fine.

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Keep an eye on your water params as it can kill off the good bacteria with the bad.
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Oh and I've also found that most antibiotics kill off my floaters.
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uv off, on way to lfs for maracyn ...
Here's a tip. Maracyn can be a bit confusing. ... Make sure that you get Maracyn-Two and not Maracyn (One). They are different. Maracyn-Two is for gram-negative bacterial infections and Maracyn (One) is for gram-positive bacterial infections.

Mardel also has other Maracyn products like Maracyn Plus and Maracyn-TC.

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I used Mardel's 1 and 2 together, back when I got fish diseases.
This worked very well for Dropsy.

You have not been taking care of the aquarium and keeping a good eye on the fish. It's extremely rare otherwise.


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You have not been taking care of the aquarium and keeping a good eye on the fish. It's extremely rare otherwise.


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not quite sure what you are getting at?
I maintain my tank on a daily basis.
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Taking good care includes not overfeeding, removing all dead and dying plant matter immediately, doing big water changes every week or so, using a dechlorinator with every addition of tap water, keeping the water temperature relatively steady and not too high or low, quarantining new fish and plants for a couple of weeks or longer, not allowing a big buildup of mulm on the substrate, etc. All of the maintenance routine stuff, in other words.

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any chance this is in the food?
Up until this out break i had been feeding a pinch of frozen blood worms daily.
I used an anti bacterial food recommended by the local yoda at lfs for 10 days and they stopped dying.
Went back to blood worms, one week later another pine cone scarlet badis.
I stopped feeding blood worms and have gone to regular old flake food and have not had any dropsy for weeks now.
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