Does this guppy have dropsy?

Nephilibata

Hi all,

One of my guppies is expressing what i believe to be dropsy. I don't have my API test kit on me (not my main tank, I'm visiting home) but i just did a 90% water change on the tank two days ago due to a bad build up of algae. Tank water is clear, i used spring water to perform the water change. I keep it at 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

The tank is a 20g with 3 guppies, 4 danios and 1 betta. It has been running for about a month and a half. Yes i know what the nitrogen cycle is.

If this is dropsy then can the guppy be saved and is there a way to tell if it's spread to the others or not? So far no one else in the tank is acting unusual or expressing concerning behaviors.

Edit 1: ***There shouldn't be any male guppies in the tank unless the store misgendered them***

Edit 2: She is still swimming about happily and eating well. I'm currently quarantining her in a cup that's floating in the tank. Aside from the belly and pineconed scales there, she seems okay. I'm unsure what to make of this.

Edit 3: Treated with Metroplex last night. She has white stringy poop in her quarantine cup.
 

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FishPlanet

Is she pine coning from the top? If she is, it's dropsy. Pine coning is a result of organ failure. Dropsy is pretty much untreatable. I have not been able to treat dropsy with success.
 

Nephilibata

Is she pine coning from the top? If she is, it's dropsy. Pine coning is a result of organ failure. Dropsy is pretty much untreatable. I have not been able to treat dropsy with success.
So far only her underside. Her sides and the top are normal looking. I'm pretty confused
 

CrackerboxPalace

Curved spine, sunken belly disease – esp. livebearers

This exact thing happened to my guppies once, they all eventually caught it and died. So the best thing you can do is quarantine asap and make sure there's no cross-contamination. Keep an eye out for red worms coming from the affected fish's vent, plus any in your main tank. If you see this treat with fenbendazole or levamisole.
 

Nephilibata

Curved spine, sunken belly disease – esp. livebearers

This exact thing happened to my guppies once, they all eventually caught it and died. So the best thing you can do is quarantine asap and make sure there's no cross-contamination. Keep an eye out for red worms coming from the affected fish's vent, plus any in your main tank. If you see this treat with fenbendazole or levamisole.
Thank you for responding!
Where could i find those medications? Also in one of the photos where she's turned to the left there's a red spot in her gut. Could that be these worms?
 

CrackerboxPalace

I don't think that particular spot is, but it's quite possible she has camallanus either way. You can typically get these meds online, I bought my levamisole as a bird dewormer. If you happen to be from Australia I can give you some extra guidance on where to get them.
 

Nephilibata

I don't think that particular spot is, but it's quite possible she has camallanus either way. You can typically get these meds online, I bought my levamisole as a bird dewormer. If you happen to be from Australia I can give you some extra guidance on where to get them.
Sadly I'm in the USA. Thank you for the offer though, I'll take a look and see what i can find. I'll probably treat the entire tank as a precaution.
 

Nephilibata

Hi all,

One of my guppies is expressing what i believe to be dropsy. I don't have my API test kit on me (not my main tank, I'm visiting home) but i just did a 90% water change on the tank two days ago due to a bad build up of algae. Tank water is clear, i used spring water to perform the water change. I keep it at 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

The tank is a 20g with 3 guppies, 4 danios and 1 betta. It has been running for about a month and a half. Yes i know what the nitrogen cycle is.

If this is dropsy then can the guppy be saved and is there a way to tell if it's spread to the others or not? So far no one else in the tank is acting unusual or expressing concerning behaviors.

Edit 1: ***There shouldn't be any male guppies in the tank unless the store misgendered them***

Edit 2: She is still swimming about happily and eating well. I'm currently quarantining her in a cup that's floating in the tank. Aside from the belly and pineconed scales there, she seems okay. I'm unsure what to make of this.

Edit 3: Treated with Metroplex last night. She has white stringy poop in her quarantine cup.
So sorry for not posting an update! She made it!
She ate the metroplex and her dropsy disappeared in under a week. I quarantined for 3 days after she showed no signs and she is now happily swimming about!
 

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