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 Post subject: pop-eye
PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 8:41 pm 

Joined: Sat May 05, 2007 8:06 pm
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Location: west bridgewater
This morning my ram looked fine, now both of his eyes have doubled in size and looks like there full of blood. He is blindly swimming around the tank. I looked up pop eye in DR Axelrods atlas. He said it could or could not be infection and it could be caused by excessive nitrogen but there were no air bubbles that i could see.
I was wondering if anyone has any better info on this, and more importantly will it infect other fish. my water was fine but i did a 50% water change and took him out.
Thanks Scott

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 8:58 pm 

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Location: Shirley, MA
I've had popeye occur a few times. In all cases, the situation resolved itself on its own after several large water changes...50+%.

 Post subject: Pop-eye
PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 9:36 pm 
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Location: Chelsea,Ma
Off the top of my head.............It is a symptom of a bacterial
infection and its not good(survival rate low).
I would try and treat it with a strong antibiotic as soon as possible.
In my experience most disease problems start w/weak fish and or water quality.A parasite infestation usually occurs and can lead to a bacterial infection when the fish is weakened even more.
I've had pretty good success dealing w/parasites(external are much easier then internal) but only moderate success once a major bacterial infection sets in.
However,there are some new medicines on the market that look promising.Someone at Skiptons or another good store would have knowledge on what is
out there for good medications.I suppose any strong medicine that states it will treat popeye is worth a shot.

Check your water quality...........It's probably alright.Most of the Ram's I have seen lately are really inbred,weak fish.


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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 10:27 pm 
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I pretty much agree with all of the above - lots of water changes.

In a hospital tank, good broad spectrum antibiotics that are readily absorbed (a combo of maracyn and maracyn-2 comes to mind) would be a good bet, or one of the other newer antibiotic blends - but I wouldn't use those in the main tank, the levels of antibiotic needed would be really hard on the biofilter IMO...

Part-time fishguy at Uncle Ned's Fish Factory (saturdays)
Species I am currently keeping/breeding include :
Copadichromis borleyi "redfin"
Labidochromis caeruleus yellow labs
Aulonocara sp. "Lwanda"
Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus "Super Red Ancistris"
Xiphophorus montezumae Montezuma Swordtails
(I'm in the middle of resetting and redesigning my fishroom - so things are kinda quiet)

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