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Dropsy is not a disease on its own but rather a symptom of another disease. Dropsy is characterized as the bloating of the fish and will make the scales on your fish appear as if they are lifting up off the body.

Bacteria infections are the most common reason for dropsy to occur in your fish. The first step would be to review the water conditions and ensure they are up to par. Also, take a look at the other fish in the aquarium to see if they are exhibiting similar symptoms. If all else fails you may wish to take your fish to the veterinarian to have it checked out. This is especially important if there are other fish in the tank as you do not want them all to become ill.

If you cure the bacteria infection it is only a matter of time before the dropsy condition will begin to subside. If it does not after a period of a couple of weeks you may have to take alternate action.


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