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Postby Pit♥bull » September 25th, 2010, 1:28 pm

Anyone like to take a guess... been swelling up for several weeks, looks like it's going to pop :|

Common goldfish, best guess 10 years old.
Outside tank with continuous fresh water flow.
Never been human fed.

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Postby amazincc » September 25th, 2010, 1:39 pm

My best guess is dropsy, which is an internal bacterial infection... luckily it's NOT contagious, but you will need to treat it w/antibiotics ASAP. Tetracycline is usually very effective, but you need to seperate this fish from the others and keep him/her in a different container while administering meds - if left untreated, dropsy is usually fatal.
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Postby amazincc » September 25th, 2010, 1:49 pm

http://www.amazon.com/Fish-Cycline-Tetr ... B0002YF9U0

Some pet stores might also sell this, but under a different name... you'll have to ask. If you get a script from your vet it'll be $4.00 at Walmart.
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Postby mnp13 » September 25th, 2010, 4:01 pm

I agree with Christine, probably dropsy.
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Postby CinderDee » September 25th, 2010, 4:13 pm

Three for dropsy. Can you get the fish out of there and treat it? If you can I would try treating with Kanamycin and giving him epsom salt baths. If that's something you can do let me know and I'll tell you how to do it.
Dropsy is a tough one. I've not seen too many fish recover from it. :(
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Postby CinderDee » September 25th, 2010, 4:15 pm

Here's the Kana. I may have some here too. I will have to check the expiration on it.
http://www.petmountain.com/product/fish-medications/11442-512376/seachem-kanaplex.html
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Postby CinderDee » September 25th, 2010, 4:30 pm

Sorry for all the posts. If the fish is still eating I would try this medicated food. Again I may have this here but it might be fairly old.
http://www.goldfishconnection.com/shop/details.php?productId=9&catId=1
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Postby hugapitbull » September 25th, 2010, 4:48 pm

Thank you guys for all the responses. These have been in the outside pond for years, and just kind of exist there. The pond needs cleaned in the worst way. It is something we're planning to do as soon as the heat eases a bit. Some of the others have little warty growths, will those respond to the same treatment?
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Postby iluvk9 » September 25th, 2010, 4:51 pm

I thought she looked pregnant. I hope she is okay. Or he.
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Postby hugapitbull » September 25th, 2010, 4:54 pm

iluvk9 wrote:I thought she looked pregnant. I hope she is okay. Or he.


That's what we thought, but it keeps getting bigger & bigger :sad2:
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Postby amazincc » September 25th, 2010, 5:02 pm

hugapitbull wrote: Some of the others have little warty growths, will those respond to the same treatment?


It all depends on what those little warty growths are... Tetracycline is a broad-spectrum antibiotic and will take care of almost anything bacteria-related. :wink:
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Postby CinderDee » September 25th, 2010, 5:08 pm

Not to disagree with my sister Christine but I would use Kana. :)
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Postby amazincc » September 25th, 2010, 5:14 pm

CinderDee wrote:Not to disagree with my sister Christine but I would use Kana. :)


:rolleyes2: :bitchSlap:


lol I'm just giving my best guess-timate as a non-vet person, based on what has worked for my fishes in the past... I have never heard of Kana, but I'm definitely not opposed to giving it a try. :wink:

Whatever you decide to do... do it soon, or the dropsy fish is not going to make it. :(
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Postby CinderDee » September 25th, 2010, 5:33 pm

amazincc wrote:
CinderDee wrote:Not to disagree with my sister Christine but I would use Kana. :)


:rolleyes2: :bitchSlap:


lol I'm just giving my best guess-timate as a non-vet person, based on what has worked for my fishes in the past... I have never heard of Kana, but I'm definitely not opposed to giving it a try. :wink:

Whatever you decide to do... do it soon, or the dropsy fish is not going to make it. :(


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Postby hugapitbull » September 25th, 2010, 5:38 pm

Well if it gets any medication this weekend, it will have to be whatever Petco can offer.
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Postby amazincc » September 25th, 2010, 5:41 pm

CinderDee wrote:I'll call & raise you one. :bitchSlap: :bitchSlap:


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Postby CinderDee » September 25th, 2010, 5:43 pm

I don't think they're going to have anything that will help you. I can check mine if you like but it won't get there until mid week at the earliest.
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Postby amazincc » September 25th, 2010, 5:48 pm

This is their selection on-line... http://www.petco.com/petco_Page_PC_prod ... 24+93.aspx :|

Maybe they offer something else and/or additional products in-store. Fins crossed here in NC! :wink:
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Postby hugapitbull » September 25th, 2010, 5:56 pm

CinderDee wrote:I don't think they're going to have anything that will help you. I can check mine if you like but it won't get there until mid week at the earliest.


If I have to wait until Monday, I can get something from the vet. I appreciate the generous offer, though.
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Postby CinderDee » September 25th, 2010, 6:02 pm

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If I have to wait until Monday, I can get something from the vet. I appreciate the generous offer, though.


Any time. :) If you wants to do something before then you can pull the fish out and do an epsom salt soak.
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