Rainbow Shark Issue

Jo3y

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Hi Everybody!

I’ve had my fellow Rainbow Shark for the past 3-4 years now, he grew lots, I find him obese these days but something is wrong with him, its the second day that he aint swimming and not eating. He is just perched in his « spot » all day long! He usually gets pretty excited about food. I’ve noticed he looks like he has « spines » on his belly. He looks overly obese right now for some reason. Any ideas? I did a water change today and to my surprise my nitrate was too high (around 40ish) I did a big water change... will do another one tommorow. Anything will help except a lecture on the nitrogen cycle hehe...

Here is a pic of him:

Also, I dont worry too much about that scale that looks greyed out, I have a huge DIY background & he gets bruises here and there from scraping or goin too fast on it sometimes... never at the same spots...

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Fashooga

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Yeah that’s dropsy. Likely due to a combination of poor water, quality. Poor parameters and poor diet.
QT the fish...add some salt. It will take awhile and there is a high risk of death as well.
 

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If he’s over feed a pea help in most cases look up how to cook it first
 
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Darn I will research Dropsy for sure but He passed away last night, we just got hit by a bad storm breaking a bunch of hydro poles and didnt have hydro for 23 hours... by the time I was boiling water and doin a hand made filter to then get a generator and all goin on he was on his side... thanks for the info guys
 

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I'm sorry to hear he died, but to be brutally honest, I've never been able to save any fish with dropsy. I've rescued a lot of fish throughout the years, and most are sick due to neglect. I generally clove oil/vodka the ones with dropsy as once those scales start sticking out, its normally a sign of internal organs failing and fluid building up. Epsom salts can help some, but I find it just stresses the fish more and prolongs the suffering.
 
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