- AkeathLv 79 years agoFavourite answer
Pine cone scales are a sure sign of dropsy.
There are several causes of dropsy, from tuberculosis to bacterial infections, etc. If your fish has bulging eyes as well, it is likely to be a bacterial infection. At this point you could try a powerful antibiotic, such as tetracycline.
However, once the dropsy is advanced to the point that the scales are sticking out like pine cones, there is very little you can do. He probably won't react to any medications at this point, but if you want to try the tetracycline is the most likely to work, although that's not saying much.
- Dont be stupidLv 69 years ago
Dropsy. Cause is unknown really. You can try an Epsom salt bath to suck all the liquid in the goldie, but it might not work. When a fish has dropsy and is pine-coning, there is a very very high chance they will die.
Eyes is most likely pop eye. You can try to treat it, but the goldie will probably die from dropsy though.
I would do a little funereal after (s)he passes. I suggest putting her down with clove oil and vodka. It is unlikely that she will recover from it and is suffering. Clove oil puts them to sleep. Vodka finishes the deed.
Sorry for your fish.Source(s): Had fish die from dropsy.
- Gary CLv 79 years ago
That fish has dropsy, also known as bloat or generalized edema.
It's notoriously difficult to treat, but salt, epsom salts, and/or antibiotics are some of the standard treatments.
Sorry about your fish.
- 9 years ago
Im afraid your fish has reached the late stages of dropsy. Look it up. You might be able to save it, but it would be a long shot.
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- SkyLv 59 years ago
dropsy. once a goldie has gotten to a point of pineconing, he is as good as dead :( Look it up, for next time okay? Read about how to avoid dropsy, and how to get rid of it in the early stages.