Can a fish recover from dropsy?
Dropsy is not easily cured. Treatment is geared toward correcting the underlying problem and providing supportive care to the sick fish. A broad spectrum antibiotic specifically formulated for gram-negative bacteria is recommended, like Mardel Maracyn® 2.
Does dropsy hurt the fish?
At present, there are no medications I know of that can effectively cure a tropical fish stricken with dropsy once the swelling starts, which is about the time that most people first see something is wrong. Unfortunately, once a fish’s abdomen swells and scales raise, it will not recover; the fish will eventually die.
Should you kill a fish with dropsy?
Untreatable contagious diseases are probably the best reasons to consider euthanizing your fish, as sickness in such a small, confined space could easily spread to other healthy inhabitants. One of the most common diseases that has caused a lot of owners to consider euthanasia for their fish is the infamous dropsy.