Well, I think the idea for the salt bath is that if it is kidney failure, and only kidney failure, then the kidneys are unable to get excess water out of the fish's body, causing the pineconing or dropsy. The salt bath would pull out the excess water and alleviate the bloating in the fish. I do understand that this is only treating the symptoms and not the disease itself.
My sisters cat has chronic renal (kidney) failure and has been living with it for 2 years now, so I know that animals with kidney failure can live a relatively normal life for a while. I'm not sure how easily that transfers over to fish...
My fish DOES NOT have raised scales right now, they are all flat and have been for about the last 48 hours.
If it is a bacterial infection, how easily do you think the other fish could get it? I know on some websites it says that once the ?pinecone? stage has begun, most antibacterial treatments won?t work?
Right now my water looks like this:
73 degrees F
I use API Freshwater Master Test Kit to test the water, not strips. I use API Stress Coat Fish and Tap water Conditioner with each water change (weekly 30%).