Zebra Danio With Dropsy! Help Please! :(

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by FishWhishes, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. FishWhishesNew MemberMember

    Hello everyone! I'm new here. I signed up just a few moments ago to ask this question.

    So, I have a 10 gal tank with 3 neons, 4 zebras, and a pepper cat. Everyone seems to be doing okay except for one of my female zebra danios. I'm worried she has dropsy. :( She's bloated (not in the 'full of eggs' kind of way. I know what that looks like.), she stays near the bottom of the tank, only eats a little, has peeling/cloudy skin on her stomach, and has little brownish/red spots on her stomach. I've heard that you should euthanize fish with 'full-blown dropsy'. Does she have 'full-blown dropsy' or is there a way to cure her? I do have a QT if necessary.

    If there's any more info you guys need I'll try to provide it.
    Thanks in advance!
  2. ZerologistWell Known MemberMember

    Welcome to Fishlore! I think you better quarantine her first and observe. Hope she gets well soon... :(

    For other members: Please add more advice on what to do. Thanks.
  3. FishWhishesNew MemberMember

    Okay thank you, I'll do that. Maybe then It'll be easier to get some pictures of her.

    Okay so I put her in a QT and she seems to be swimming around okay. She looks pretty active compared to when she was in the 10 gal. Here's a pic of her.

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  4. ZerologistWell Known MemberMember

    Are the scales and eyes actually protruding?

    If it is full-blown dropsy, there is no more hope. Euthanizing is the only option.

    By the way, what did you use to catch her from the other tank? Do not use the net/thing that you used to catch her to catch other fishes as it is contagious.
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  5. FishWhishesNew MemberMember

    Her eyes look perfectly normal, but I'm not sure about the scales. What would that look like? Sorry none of my fish have ever had dropsy so I don't really know how to deal with this.

    As for the net, I did use my regular net (I haven't used it since I used it on her though). I didn't even think about the whole contagious thing! Thanks for warning me! I've been meaning to get a new net anyway so this is just the extra push.

    I'm also concerned because she doesn't seem to want to eat. She just ignores the food. :(
  6. FishWhishesNew MemberMember

    Today I was online looking at Maracyn 2. I was just about to order it but I went to go check on her first. I found her dead. :( I took her out with the used net and buried her outside.

    Thanks for all your help Psalm 23.
  7. ZerologistWell Known MemberMember

    Well.... that's so sad to hear.. :(
    Having fish dying will always be happening and be experienced by aquarists... But if the same thing happens again (which I wish that will not happen) you should already know what to do.

    So be prepared all the time. :)

    I am just helping out other people here as they also help me. :)

    If you have any other questions and you need help, all your Fishlore friends here are always ready to help! :)

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