Sounds like dropsy. Does it look like my betta is pine-coning? OK I am not sure what is going on but for the last couple of days we had one platy out of three that was always hanging out around the cover but would come out for food. Basically what causes dropsy is organ failure (typically the kidneys), which ruins the fish's ability to osmoregulate--thus, the uncontrollable bloating with scales sticking out, and the fish's eventual death. Perhaps she has an anal prolapse that got infected (hence the fuzzy stuff). Goldfish with advanced dropsy disease. However, if the tank is well maintained, partial water changes are performed regularly, and the fish are fed nutritional food, the odds of popeye striking is greatly diminished. The female platy looks in a bad way. Internal Parasite (Camallanus) One common parasite that can affect the health of your platies is Camallanus. Swollen areas may exhibit a 'pine-cone' appearance caused by the fish's scales sticking out. One of the most common mistakes of aquarium owners is slow to react to early signs and warning of disease. I'm currently medicating my platy, and I do hope that she'll get better soon! Monitor the tank water chemistry and observe your fish daily for signs of illness to help tip the scales in your favor. Dropsy causes the Goldfish to become bloated and its scales to be distended. Dropsy is also often accompanied by external bacterial infections including fin rot, mouth rot and ulcers. pineconing is very bad (scales sticking out like a pinecone). Can you post a picture of her from a top view (looking down). Platy fish bloated and his scales stick up like spikey hair ? This fluid retention causes the fish to bloat and the scales to distend as fluid builds up underneath them. Pinecone Scales. my fish is wrather old about a year or more and hes been fine so i no its not preg cause its been with the same other one so there both male but last 3-4 days he started to look bloated and his scales stick up like spikey hair or blowfish looking? Dropsy usually signals internal infection and … It is optional to keep the filter in and out but I think is better out and try to change the water 25% after 1-2 days and repeat the procedure like I mention above. Anybody know what is happening to him? When a platy fish becomes pregnant, it will gradually take on a darker external coloration. If you notice that your bettas scales are sticking out the wrong way (making him look like a pinecone) then it’s dropsy that he’s suffering from. Your suspicion of Dropsy is correct. Her scales looks kinda pineconed too. The fish literally blows up like a balloon. You won’t have to wait for any eggs to hatch. Thank you for the information. Often, female platies in a tank in the presence of even one male for even as much as a minute can result in her being impregnated and able to store sufficient sperm to continue producing young for as much as 6 … In fact, Dropsy is often called Pinecone Disease because of it. Thank you so much for the help that you gave me last e-mail! When i first got her she was a little big but not as big as now. In the last e-mail I sent to you, I didn't know whether my platy (Tam'ra) was bloated, had dropsy, or was pregnant, but as of yesterday, I found out. That way, you can figure out how to treat them and get relief from the bloat. I feed them (and 10 other types of fish) flakes every day and blood worms/dried shrinp every other day. Bloated appearance and protruding eyes; Scales sticking out; Rapid gill breathing; Loss of appetite and lethargy. The kidneys shut down and the fish retains fluid. It can be cured by administering a round of antiparasitic medication. She is bloated like a round balloon and the scales have sort of fuzzed out if that makes sense. Symptoms: Brown or orange colored worm sticking out from the anus of your platy fish. Loss of appetite; Behavioral changes like becoming lethargic, floating near the surface or at the bottom of the fish tank rather than moving through the water freely [1] When i got home today she was so big, she's been getting bigger for like 2 or 3 days. I think the fish loses the ability to regulate the amount of water in its body and swells up. Dropsy is not really a specific pathologic entity, it is to describe a general condition of fluid accumulation in the internal body cavity, which has many causes. Discussion Starter • #1 • Mar 2, 2010. Its scales stick out, making the fish resemble a pinecone. Swelling of abdomen, raised scales around swollen area. In order to treat dropsy, antibacterial should be given through medicated food and water quality should be … 5. Obesity, overeating, and getting chunky aren’t the same as bloat. The longer you wait the worse the problem gets. It is important that you monitor and ensure that your fish stays healthy. I have a orange platy with black fins she is fat but lately i have noticed she is getting way fatter. She does seem to have black spot near the tail end though which I read could mean pregnant. Greetings all! It is highly likely that your fish is either pregnant, fat or just bloated. It is still eating and acting pretty normally. UPDATE ===== Thanks for the suggestions everybody. I've had my tank for around 2 months and on one of my red wag platy's today I noticed a long white string hanging out the back the fish. Add 1/8 teaspoon of Epsom salt for every 5 gallons of water and monitor for two weeks. I have a female platy who we thought might be pregnant but I suspect it is dropsy having read some other posts. 326 Posts . It depends on what has caused the dropsy--dropsy itself is not a disease, but a symptom of some underlying problem. And, admittedly, it’s hard to tell the difference between a fat fish and one that’s bloated by looks alone. Re: Bloated Platy #2 Thanks - very helpful for us that you've answered all the key questions. ? I do have a male platy too if it helps any. Because of the 18 fry our platys & mollies had, I decided to get a 20 gal so the fry had room to grow and the moms could be at peace. Unfortunately, at this stage, the chances of survival are incredibly slim. If you notice the disease in its advanced stages, there isn’t anything you can do to save the lives of angelfish that are affected. This also happened before to my platy, guppies and also goldfish sometimes may happen to Betta as … As for the weird crap, don't remove that. I have to be frank with you when I say that usually when Dropsy has reached an advanced stage, as can be seen by the fish's scales sticking out, curing it is very unlikely. P.S. A pregnant fish may face swimming difficulty, a bloated fish may have pinecone scales. 1. In dropsy, a concentration of fluid in the body tissues and cavities causes the fish's abdomen to become swollen and appear bloated (Ascites). His scales are starting to stick out. I have a dwarf gourami that is bloated all over and his scales are fanned out looking. Physical Changes. Aside from a swollen belly and scales sticking out, fish dropsy can be recognized by the following symptoms: Dropsy in Goldfish. From other posts I've read people suggest its from a disease or underfeeding? Platy Stats Minimum Tank Size: 10 Gallons (45 Litres) Care Level: Easy Water Conditions: 7-8.5 pH and Medium to Hard Temperature: 20-26 °C (68-79 °F) Maximum Size: 2 1/2 Inches (6 cm) The common platy (Xiphophorus), also known as the southern platyfish or mickey mouse platy is a small, popular live-bearing fish. Even well-fed, pregnant fish don't stick the scales out unless they are ill. Search "bloat". Bloated appearence with scales that stick out like a pine cone. There are multiple causes. What is this - fish poop? Online Fish Diagnosis If she has all three of these symtoms, (Bloating, Scales sticking up, and white, stringy waste) your fish unfortunately has Dropsy. Best viewed from above. Start treatment by adding 1/4 teaspoon of Epsom Salts per 5 gals., feed a medicated food for … If not treated soon the fish will die. ? There is some underlying condition which causes the kidneys to fail, the fish can't get rid of water and it swells up with the swelling making the scales stick out like a pine cone. That is a mystery snail egg sac. Dropsy (Malawi Bloat) may be caused by internal bacterial infection (if swelling is sudden), parasites, or cancer (if swelling is gradual). Dropsy, Pineconing, Scales sticking out on platty. As for the remedies to angelfish dropsy, the outlooks aren’t good. She looks like she is going to explode!! Platy non-illness 8/11/05 Hi there! Does anyone know if she could be pregnant? The fish did not live but wanted to post the information everybody gave me in the first post so those in the future can have access to the information. This seems to have happened very quickly. There is a platy with what looks like dropsy – its stomach is bloated, and the scales on its side are sticking out. But, for most people, when they think bloated fish they think their abdomen is large. 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