Goldfish Fanciers - Dropsy Advice

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    Jan 21, 2013 5:46 AM GMT
    I began keeping golfish when I was five years old. My affinity for goldfish expanded to more exotic varities and elaborate aquariums over the years.

    Currently have a 90 gallon aquarium with very large and expensive assortment of exotic goldfish.

    My favourite is a Lionhead aptly named "Chunk"( 6yrs old) and is about the size of my hand with beautiful conformaton. Sadly, Chunk developed swim bladder issues about 6 weeks ago and has now developed Dropsy. I have been feeding peas periodically to hopefully expand and put pressure on the air in the bladder.

    The prognosis for Dropsy is very grave but am determied to save this fish.
    It has now been 7 days since clinical signs appeared and immediately isolated the fish. Treatment has been as follows:

    -initially tapped the abdominal cavity and drained the ascites
    - Kanaplex antibiotic every two days(for gram -ve bacteria)
    -added 1/4 teaspoon of epsom salt to 5 gallons to help reduce ascites

    Outcome so far:

    - ascites is visibly reduced, swim bladder issues non resolved
    -Kanaplex tx suspended after 3 treatments as per directions
    - appetite is still good and fish is in dorsal recubancy.

    Debating to start on a round of gram +ve antibiotics and see if symptoms resolve. Possibly radiograph and aspirate air from the bladder.Ideas? Suggestions? Anyone ever have a fish recover from this condition?
  • bfirbs

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    Jan 21, 2013 3:41 PM GMT
    It isn't often fish survive dropsy...BUT you can make a super saline solution of water in a small bowl. About the same salinity as a marine aquarium.
    Put the fish in it for about a minute and make it swim around a little in the solution. We use to just gently move the fish with our fingers to keep it moving. After about a minute maximum we would put it back in the aquarium.
    For a goldfish you might not even need a minute in the salty water. Don't wanna leave it in too long.

    We did the opposite for marine fish. We would put them in freshwater
  • carew28

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    Jan 22, 2013 8:23 PM GMT
    Good luck with your goldfish, hope it recovers. It sounds as though you're doing everything possible that can be done for it.

    The 90 gal. tank is really nice, plenty of room for them to swim in.

    I think that some of the fancier goldfish varieties (lionhead, fantail, celestial, ranchu, etc.) are more prone to swim-bladder problems, and probably dropsy also. Their bodies are shorter, so their internal organs are more compressed, leaving them vulnerable to swim-bladder problems. The longer bodied goldfish varieties (like comets), are less likely to have problems. Good luck.