Although dropsy can be classified as a disease it is much rather a symptom than a disease. Dropsy can have many causes, many of which are untreatable. The causes of this can be from a internal tumor, bacterial infection, and/or internal infection. Although there is treatment available which claim they can rid the disease, successful treatment is very unlikely as Dropsy is usually the outcome of a improper birth. The over use of salt (NaCl), prolonged exposure to poor water conditions, and improper diet, are all major causes that lead to this parasitic infection.
Occurrence: Medium. Deadly? Yes. Contagious? No. Treatment Available? Yes/No. Fish Assist Problem Code: 5 (Serious)
Scales Stick out
Usually followed by paleness in color
Lack of appetite
Signs of constituency
Most of the time the fish acts normal
Unfortunately, Dropsy most likely will be fatal early on, however, there have been cases where the fish can live a long, normal life. This disease is internal and can usually not be treated. Sometimes, isolating the fish and adding a small amount of salt to the water can assist in the recovery of this illness, but Fish Assist advises against doing this.