Siamese Fighting Fish Dropsy
What is Dropsy in fish?
Dropsy in the Siamese fish - or in any other fish for that matter - is not really a disease in itself but a
symptom of a specific bacterial infection. The main symptom of dropsy in fish is a swollen or bloated condition
with the scales standing out like in pine cones. This is a serious infection and unless appropriate treatment is
administered, the afflicted Siamese fighting fish may well die.
What causes Siamese fighting fish Dropsy?
The bacteria (mostly gram negative) lodge itself in the tissues of the fish body thus affecting the kidneys and
causing the retention of fluid and water in the body. It is this fluid retention that causes the Siamese fish to
bloat. Another cause of bacterial infection and Dropsy is the condition of the water in your siamese fish aquarium.
It has the same effects on the kidney and subsequent swelling of the body.
Care & Treatment of Siamese fish Dropsy
Dropsy is a very serious fish disease symptom and must be treated with urgency. This and other diseases that
afflict fresh or salt water fish in your aquarium can, if neglected, kill the other species in the tank too. You
may end up having to completely replace your aquarium! Periodic health checks for Dropsy as well as other serious
fish diseases will always help in keeping your pets healthy and swimming for years of pleasure!
It is imperative to consult a fish disease expert to find the cause and to obtain the appropriate treatment for
Dropsy in your Siamese fish.
The steps given below will help you in dealing with a case of Dropsy in your siamese fish tank:
Immediately change at least a quarter of the water in the siamese fish aquarium. The water must be treated as
mentioned in the step that follows and this water must not be re-used anywhere later on.
Place the diseased fish into a quarantine tank. You need to treat the rest of the 'unaffected' fish too - just
Administer a prescribed antibiotic to arrest growth of the infection. Suitable medicines are Maracyn, Kanacyn,
Neomycin, or tetracycline drugs and anti fungicides for treating the tank water etc.
A medicated bath must be given to the fish at least two times a day with methylene blue, salt, Epsom salt, and
electrolyte balancing salts to ensure removal of fluids from the fish and to keep electrolytes in balance. The
proportion of medicines in this bath is clearly mentioned on the labels and one can still confirm the procedure
either with the pet shop or the vast library base on the Internet.
In conclusion, react at the very first signs of Dropsy in your Siamese fighting fish. Proper care and treatment
of the infection will revive your Siamese fish and other affected fish, allowing you to restore your aquarium to
its original state. If you have just started keeping Siamese fish it would be advisable to study their traits and
health precautions so that you immediately recognize signs of upsets when these occur.