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Dropsy

Fluid Build Up In Fish

When liquid accumulates within a fish's internal cavities or tissue it is often referred to as dropsy. IAffected fish will be noticeably swollen in the abdomen area. As the ailment progresses the scales will begin to stick out like the surface of an open pine cone. Fish become lethargic and lose enthusiasm for eating.

Causes Of Dropsy

The causes are varied and more than one factor usually contributes to the dropsy. Poor water quality or incorrect chemistry are dominant pre-cursors. An insufficient diet lacking the correct foods is also a dominant factor.

Bacterial agents are regularly associated with the swelling but these can usually be considered secondary to environmental and diet factors.

Dropsy Treatment

Addressing the water and feeding issues is the first step that should be made when treating dropsy. Antibiotics and other medications are also sold for this purpose.

Unfortunately treatment is usually ineffective. This is due to internal damage that can occur from the pressure associated with the swelling. Some fish may appear to have made a full recovery but die days or weeks later for no visible reason.

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