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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-05-2017, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Dropsy - what now?

I had to euthanize one of my red wag platy fish yesterday. I had thought she was being shy since she was pregnant but after I got a good look at her she was in full pinecone mode from dropsy. After speaking with some people they said the best hing was to euthanize her.

My tank is established (5-6 years), nothing new added for 8-12 months or more. 50-60% water change every week. Parameters of water are fine (liquid test kit). I have had a breakout of brown algae but I always have this issue in spring/early summer and in the fall as the water supply changes and silicates increase.

A stream of my aquarium is below. It's certainly not overstocked or filthy, etc.

Are there any steps I can do to lessen the chances of Dropsy afflicting another fish?

BTW - I will be buying another couple red wags tonight since I only have the one male.
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Re: Dropsy - what now?

I ended up with dropsy on my scaleless catfish. I never figured out what caused it, but it never moved to anything else in the tank. I did have to euthanize 3/4 of my catfish stock because it, and it was heartbreaking. I wish I could be more help, tell you what caused it, etc. :( Just know that I (and others as well) feel your pain, and you gotta keep your head up.

Currently setup (down to 20!):
8x 10g grow out tanks + 1 microcrab tank
1x 20g female crayfish tank
1x 20g Endler tank
2x 20g long crayfish breeders
1x 29g breeder for Mosquito Fish
1x 29g blue crayfish growout tank
1x 45g tall Super Reds
1x 55g Wife's Shrimp tank
1x 60g Platys
1x 75g Super Reds
1x 75g + 20g long sump Cats, Pickerel, Bait, and Punkin

Waiting for room:
4x random <5 gallon
12x 5g
15x 10g
1x 17g
2x 29g
2x 55g
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