Re: How much epsom salt to combat dropsy?

On Thu, 06 Sep 2007 07:39:55 -0500, dr-solo@xxxxxxxxx wrote:

here is the treatment for dropsy pioneered by Jo Ann, the Goldfish

basically it is: shove temp up to 86oF, add 1/8 teaspoon of Epsom
salts per 5 gallons and NO regular salt.
feed antibiotic food like romet or with oxolinic acid

I have heard of humans getting fish mycobacterium. but in humans it
is a cutaneous form of TB. I dont think you have it anymore, just the
antibody. dropsy is caused by lots and lots of different things.
dropsy is a loss of regulation of electrolytes, sorta like edema in
humans. heat is the most important part of treating it in fish.

(snip my original post)

Hi Dr. Solo,

Thank you for your continuing responses & help over the past
couple weeks.
I have 3 more questions:

1. When using epson salt, do I dose the tank once, or keep
adding a new dose every day? I would assume that just one dose of the
proper strength is needed.

2. Will the epsom salt hurt my other goldfish, which shows no
signs of any problems? I only have one tank. Do I need to get
another one and separate the 2 fish? They are real "close" and I
think they would be stressed to be separated. Once when I put a
partition in the tank both struggled like crazy to get to each other
past the partition.

3. Finally, where in the world can I get romet B? I spent five
hours yesterday in a nearby large city visiting 6 fish shops and
none of them had romet, and even claimed to have neever heard of it.

Thanks again,