Platy with Dropsy, can a quarantine tank for treatment be 1 gal?

imnotgreatwithfish

Hello,

TLDR; I have 2 platys and 6 neon tetra. Only 1 platy had dropsy and was wondering if anyone has any other advice on setting up a quarantine tank? I only have a 1 gallon tank available for quarantine. I am treating with Imaginarium bacterial infection remedy and Epson salt bath. Should I try a parasitic treatment as well?

Currently 1 of my platys has dropsy. I suspect adding a new platy to replace the other that died of a fungal/bacterial infection might have triggered a stress response. For the last 4 days I have been treating him with a 10 minute Epson salt bath in a 1 gallon tank (1 tablespoon Epson salt per 1 US gallon water) and using Imaginarium bacterial infection remedy. At first this seemed to be helping. He was a little less bloated, more energetic, and even ate some food yesterday. Today I noticed the bloating is a little worse and has more pineconing happening.

Would it be more suitable to move him to a quarantine tank? I only have the 1 gallon tank available and cannot get another bigger one. If I move him to the 1 gallon tank should use 1 teaspoon per gallon because it will be a prolonged exposure (at least 10 days)?

None of my other fish are showing any symptoms of dropsy. Though the new platy I have has a small bump/growth? right under her mouth that seems to bother her. I’m not sure what it is or if I should be worried about it. The pictures are of the female fish with the small growth looking thing (the arrow points to it). I could not get a good picture of the other fish that has dropsy.

Thank you for any responses!
 

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BigManAquatics

I wouldn't use parasite treatment with dropsy. The others you mentioned are fine. 1 gal isn't ideal, but if thats what you have, thats what you have.
 

imnotgreatwithfish

I wouldn't use parasite treatment with dropsy. The others you mentioned are fine. 1 gal isn't ideal, but if thats what you have, thats what you have.
Good to know. Do you think keeping him in a 1 gallon would end up causing more stress? or should I just stick with the salt baths and see how it goes?
 

BigManAquatics

Good to know. Do you think keeping him in a 1 gallon would end up causing more stress? or should I just stick with the salt baths and see how it goes?
Probably not gonna get better without the meds and may not get better with the meds, dropsy is bad like that. If you medicate, seperate.
 

imnotgreatwithfish

Probably not gonna get better without the meds and may not get better with the meds, dropsy is bad like that. If you medicate, seperate.
Thanks!
 

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