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ok so they need to be culled. What about the water and plants? Are all fish in the tank infected even if they don't show symtoms. Please LMK ASAP
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Nope. No cure. Sorry. The fish will probably just die.
I've run into this before, plus I worked at a somewhat reputable LFS a while back that confirmed this when customers asked that question.
 

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A couple years back one of my favorite fish was aflicted. I researched like crazy. Not only did she die, but I have yet to come across anyone who has ever saved a fish from it.

I believe dropsy is actually the visual manefestation of kidney failure- and as such the dropsy itself is not contagous. Whatever caused the kidney failure in the first place- well that's a different story. I would tell him to euthanize the fish, and do massive water changes, keep a real close eye on water quality.
 

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Are you 100% sure it is Dropsy and not a misdiagnosis for Bloating/ Constipation? In which case you can administer Epsom salt bath.
If it is Dropsy, you can do a Salt Dip and raise the temp to 82F... it may help ease the fish.
I would not euthanize the fish, but let it live on naturally.

Hope that helps,
 

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i have heard the only cure for dropsy is to catch it just before the bloating phase....but then how do you know your fish has dropsy before hand :icon_sad:
ive had fish that got it
ive never had a fish recover
if the scales stick out so that the fish looks like a "pinecone" from the front...its dropsy
if the fish looks like it bloated...its probably constipated
if it was my fish ,and it was dropsy, i would euthanize
and ...trust me .... i HATE doing this
 

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Ok thanks for your support with my problem today. You folks really helped make a great plan of action. Fish were culled and water changed 100%. It was hard to do,but I did what had to be done to protect my workplaces customers and employer from bad press. THANK-YOU
 

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"culled", not killed, right???

"Bad Press"?? What industry do you work in?

Do try the salt baths though, and give the fish time- they could recover from whatever it is ailing them!
 
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