What the heck??

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Fishproblem said:
The bubble is prolapse. Coupled with the swelling, could be dropsy.
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What is the water volume of the tank?
90 litres / 19 gallon
How long has the tank been running?
1 year
Does it have a filter?
Does it have a heater?
What is the water temperature?
77°F / 25°C

What is the entire stocking of this tank?
Down to 1 guppy, 2 kuhli loaches, 1 snail, 5 tetras.
(Please list all fish and inverts.)

How often do you change the water?
How much of the water do you change?
What do you use to treat your water?
Interpret bio active Tap safe
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water?
Vacuum the substrate

*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish?
I was not living here before. I don't think they did. The only remaining original fish are the 2 kuhli loaches. All first inhabitants were rehomed or died. (3 catfish too large were rehomed as 1 was constantly sick, 3 platys, 3 other tiny unknown fish died too over the period of 8 months.
What do you use to test the water?
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0.7
pH: 7.2

How often do you feed your fish?
Once per day
How much do you feed your fish?
Up to 10 small pellets/ a pinch of wafers or 5 large sinking pellets the kuhli loaches can get to.
What brand of food do you feed your fish?
L❤ve fish, JMC , King British, API, monkfield nutrition Bloodworm.
Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods?
Dry foods mostly, frozen bloodworms , freeze dried but pre soaked shrimp, and Daphnia. (My girlfriend cannot stand the idea of feeding live food)

Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish?
6 months
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms?
1 month ago
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms?
Swollen, swelling is more on one side than the other.. unlike usualy dropsie swelling, so the fish looks tilted, now a bubble coming out of the belly.
Have you started any treatment for the illness?
I gave a course of anti bacterial antibiotics (dropsie meds)
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase?
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all?
It doesn't eat. It flaps fins vigorously and gasps constantly. It doesn't swim around and stays at the bottom. Its schooling tetras also don't swim as much as stay floating around him.

Explain your emergency situation in detail. (Please give a clear explanation of what is going on, include details from the beginning of the illness leading up to now)
As above. I just don't know what medicine to give him.


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could be constipation. if the little guy could be encouraged to eat, try feeding a high fiber food like crushed tinned peas. i'm not entirely familiar with all the foods you're feeding, but it looks like you're low on fiber if its mostly flakes/pellets and freeze dried food.

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