Help Can someone please confirm if this is dropsy?

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GradSchoolZombie87

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Guppy_Dropsy.jpgHello everyone,

I am just wanting to know if Dropsy killed my fish? He was fully grown when I got him and I know that guppies are not long-lived and as they get older they lose immunity. My aquarium is over a year old and is completely stable. All the other fish are doing well. I took this photo right after I put him in a quarantine because I could tell he was sick. he was enlarged in the abdomen, his scales were standing out as if he were a puffer fish and was just not his normal self. Unfortunately, he died just a bit after this picture was taken. I think the shock of netting him and putting him in a new environment stressed him to death... Anyway, could someone please verify that this is dropsy? If so, how can I make sure my other fish won't get sick? I can't use aquarium salt because it's a planted tank and salt destroys my cryptocorynes. Thanks everyone!
 
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Sorry about your fish That looks like dropsy to me. Its my understanding that dropsy is caused by bacteria which are always present but usually not dangerous to a healthy fish. Stress, poor water conditions, and old age can compromise a fish's immune system, allowing the bacteria to take hold.

I would check your parameters and make sure all your values are at acceptable levels ie: ammonia=o
nitrite=0 Nitrate=<40, >20 is better imo.
 
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Hi Matt, parameters all look great. I think he was just old. By the time these guys get to the pet store, who knows how old they really are, especially if they are already full-gown.
 
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