Denisen barb

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Lammergeier replied the topic: Re:Denisen barb

I second Rocksor - isolate it asap in my opinion. Without prompt treatment of the underlying cause of dropsy there isn't much you can really do to save it - dropsy doesn't go away on its own to my knowledge. Fish (being fish) will likely pick at it if this ill one dies during the night, and them picking at it will vastly increase the likelihood of the infection spreading to the others. There's also increased risk of passive transmission if it is something contagious.

If you choose to treat it with a medication it will cost much less to isolate and treat in a quarantine tank than in the main tank as well, but the most important thing is to try and protect the others from being any more exposed to the infected fish than they already have been.

I'd also suggest doing a very large w/c (80 - 90%) and giving ornaments etc a thorough clean as well. If I'm remembering right, that's the advice I got when I had the SDs with the bacterial infection to help prevent transmission to my healthy fish. Better to be safe than sorry and all that.
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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Denisen barb

Once a fish shows signs of dropsy (bloated & raised scales), there is no cure. Unfortunately, the only course of action you can do is humanely euthanize it. I would do as Lam suggested but the rest of the tank looks outstanding. I would also perform a nitrate test...I think these guys are sensitive to dissolved metabolites.

www.fishchannel.com/fish-health/disease-prevention/dealing-with-dropsy.aspx

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