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This is not a single disease as such but can be caused by a range of internal bacterial infections. It is most commonly seen in spring once water temperatures start to rise and bacteria become more prolific.
Dropsy is characterised by the fishs scales becoming raised due to fluid based swelling beneath the skin.
The most effective way of treating fish with a bacterial infection is of course through the use of antibiotics. These must be eaten by the Carp so antibiotic pellect can be introduced.
SVC, Spring Viremia of Carp, can also cause these symptoms and as such is usually fatal. For more information on how anglers can help tackle this growing problem, often linked with illegally imported fish, see www.echocarp.co.uk
Last Edited by: erikb on the 15 December 2008