What does Malawi bloat look like?

What does Malawi bloat look like?

Fish with dropsy are obviously swollen, particularly around the abdomen. When viewed from above, the scales often protrude, giving the fish a bristly, pineconelike appearance. Fish suffering from dropsy are frequently lethargic, poorly colored and disinterested in fish food.

Why is my cichlid turning white?

Cotton wool disease is a fairly easy condition to diagnose because it manifests in the form of fuzzy white growths on the head, fins and scales of infected cichlids. This disease is caused by a fungus that is naturally found in the aquarium but only becomes a problem in cases of poor water quality.

How is Ichthyosporidium treated?

Fish are removed from the water they appear to have a “slimy” matted mass growing out of the skin and scales. Use the 100mg/ litter strong malachite green solution to clean the lesion and apply a waterproof cream. (1956) reported that Ichthyosporidium is a fungus, but it manifests itself internally.

What are the symptoms of dropsy?


  • 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.
  • A curve developing in their spine.
  • Pale feces.
  • Swelling near their anus.

How do you fix fish bloat?

Add salt: Low levels of salt in the water aid in the osmotic balance of the fish by making the water salinity closer to the fish’s blood salinity. That helps the fish get rid of excess water accumulating in the body, causing dropsy.

How do you tell if a fish has a disease?

Is My Fish Sick?

  1. Tattered fins, tail. Skin sores.
  2. Fuzzy spots on skin, mouth. Bacterial infection (Flavobacterium)
  3. Bumpy growths on skin, fins. Carp Pox.
  4. White “pimples” on skin, fins.
  5. Cotton-like “hair” on fish, eggs, uneaten food.
  6. Increased gill movements.
  7. White speckles on body, fins.
  8. Golden speckles on skin.

Can dropsy cure itself?

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. Always follow directions for duration and dosage.

What does fish bloat look like?

A fish with dropsy will appear like it is ballooning and about to explode, or it has a pot-bellied appearance that makes it seem like it’s suddenly getting very fat. This happens as fluid accumulates in the tissues and cavities of the abdomen to create swelling of the area.

Does Epsom salt help bloated fish?

A fish experiencing dropsy has a bloated abdomen and raised scales. Epsom salt may be used as part of dropsy treatment by isolating the sick fish in a separate “hospital” tank, then adding Epsom salt at a rate of 1/8 teaspoon for every 5 gallons of water. The Epsom salt will relieve swelling.

How do you treat fish fungus naturally?

What should I do?

  1. Treat with Fungus and Finrot treatment – Increase aeration.
  2. Support fish with Aquilibrium first aid salt to help their immune system.
  3. Test water for irregularities and treat accordingly.