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Old 04-01-2003, 12:50 AM   #1
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Cloudy eyes on Niger Trigger

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A week or so ago we got a Niger Trigger. It had one slightly cloudy eye that we did not notice. when I noticed it, I added melafix to the tank, I ran this for 3 days, it appeared to get better and then at the end of day 3, both eyes became cloudy and his tail was looking rather rough with some whiteness on it.

I have moved it into a hospital tank to which I added coppersafe. I have been reading as much as possible about this cloudy eye disease and several other items where mentioned, fw dips, kanacyn, maracyn II to be a few.
I am looking for advice as to what to do next. Should I just leave the coppersafe, add antibiotics? if so, which one?

His appetite is still strong.
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Old 04-01-2003, 01:00 AM   #2
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The biggest problem I see is that a cloudy eye is the sign of a few different things. Since you mention his tail is ragged, I'll assume we got some bacterial action going on. Fin/tail rot are easily killed with penicilliin, which is also regarded as the best antibiotic for bacterial eye infections. If you believe your fish has a bacterial infection (from the description and without seeing the fish I think it is bacterial), I would add penicillin. It should not be a problem interacting with coppersafe, but as with any antibiotic, keep close tabs on the ammonia and nitrite.
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Do you have any links to places that would have doseages? I am wondering if injectable livestock penicillin would work. It sure would mix in the hospital tank
alot easier.
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250mg per 10gallons. every other day for 10 days.
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Thanks...what is the prognosis when dealing with this stuff? Fair?
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If it is bacterial septicemia that is causing the cloudy eye, the prognosis is good. Niger triggers are tough fish and the penicillin should knock back the infection.
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well, it does not look as if he will make it. one eye looks much worse, with some sloughing .of tissue. another fin seems affected and his color has paled.
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The trigger is still doing ok. I ran the penicillin a week and saw no noticeable improvement, still waxing and waning on the spots and the cloudy eyes. So yesterday I switched to erythromycin. It said fin rot and cloudy eye treatment on the packaging. Maybe this will show some good...

Do you think I should add melafix while doing the antibiotics?
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I would use melafix. I dont think it will interact badly with antbiotics.
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I lost the trigger today, yesterday, the improvement was noticeable yesterday, all the spots gone, pretty blue color, but one cloudy eye. This evening, he was ate up with it, almost all white, scales gone. I cannot believe this, things were looking so good yesterday.............
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