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Dropsy is a condition in fish caused by the buildup of fluid inside the body cavity or tissues. As a symptom rather than a disease in its own right, it can indicate a number of underlying diseases, including bacterial infections, parasitic infections, or liver dysfunction. Poor water quality, viral infections, sudden changes in water conditions and a prolonged period of stress that may compromise the fish’s immune system may all trigger symptoms.


  • Swelling of the abdomen.

  • Eyes that are beginning to swell and bulge.

  • Scales that starting to point outward instead of lying flush with their body giving a "pinecone" appearance.

  • A loss of color in their gills.

  • Clamping of the fins.



    Use anti Dropsy medicines according to the tank size (Dosage 10 ml per

100 liters)


Because dropsy is a symptom of an illness, its cause may or may not be contagious. However, it is standard practice to quarantine sick fish to prevent spreading the underlying cause to the other fish in the tank community in case the disease causing dropsy is contagious. However, this quarantine is only effective when the disease is caught early. Traditionally, when fish would exhibit dropsy, it was advised to “destroy” it.

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