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Old 05-24-2004, 11:15 PM   #1
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What's wrong with my swordtail?

My girlfriend's white Swordtail has some funky eyeballs.. Her tank is currently fighting off a tough case of ICH, but it seemed to be getting better.

Then the Swordtail's eyes got a little bugged out.. they're kinda red around the outside. The guppies were kinda pecking at her eyeballs until we isolated her.

So.. any ideas of what it could be? We can't get a good clear picture of her while she's in the isolation net.

The tank is currently being cycled. It has been set up for a little over a month now but the nitrite levels are still a little high.
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Old 05-24-2004, 11:44 PM   #2
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Try looking through these sites:
http://www.aquatronicsonline.com/hobbyist/hobbyist3.htm
http://www.aqualink.com/disease/sdisease.html#ich
http://fish.mongabay.com/diseases.htm
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/AqBizSubW.../fishdisho.htm
http://www.fishpondinfo.com/health.htm

Answer these Qs:
~What are your tank parameters (ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, temp)?
~ How large is the tank?
~How many fish are in the tank? What kinds of fish are they and what are there current sizes?
~When is the last time you did a water change and vacuum the gravel? How often do you do this? How much water do you remove at a time?
~How long have you had the fish?
~Have you added anything new to the tank--decor, new dechlor, new substrate, etc.?

Right now, I'm clueless.
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Old 05-25-2004, 12:58 AM   #3
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my 2 guesses are popeye or just the guppies picking on him/her. if both of them are im guessing its popeye. i lost like 4 fish due to popeye and its hard to fight off imo
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Old 05-25-2004, 05:08 AM   #4
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Yup sounds like popeye...are both of the eyes bulging out about same? or are they different sizes?
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Old 05-25-2004, 05:11 AM   #5
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Yup sounds like popeye...are both of the eyes bulging out about same? or are they different sizes?
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Popeye is a term loosely thrown around. It is the end result of a few ailments.
If the causative agent is bacteria, treat with antibacterial meds.

From http://www.thekrib.com/Diseases/pop-eye.html :
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Pop eye is only a symptom of an internal bacterial infection and not a disease in
itself. If your fish is still eating, I'd recommend feeding it a medicated (for
bacterial infections) food. Otherwise I've had some limited success by combining
Naladixic Acid and Kanamycin Sulfate. Pop eye usually appears after the disease is
far advanced and difficult to treat.
It is best to isolate the fish completely from the entire tank, not just in an isolation net. There is an article on QT tanks in the Articles section.
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Old 05-25-2004, 12:49 PM   #7
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Answer these Qs:
~What are your tank parameters (ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, temp)?
~ How large is the tank?
~How many fish are in the tank? What kinds of fish are they and what are there current sizes?
~When is the last time you did a water change and vacuum the gravel? How often do you do this? How much water do you remove at a time?
~How long have you had the fish?
~Have you added anything new to the tank--decor, new dechlor, new substrate, etc.?

She is a ten gallon tank. The ammonia levels are safe. Nitrite and nitrates are both high, but it is still cycleing. I have been keeping the temp on 80 to help rid the ich but i lowered it a day before this showed up.

I have two adult female guppies, two satin black mollies, a pleco, about ten guppy fry (about 4 weeks) and her. Only one molly still shows signs of ICH and they others seem to be great they are all swimming and appear to be normal, no more labored breathing from the ICH from them.

I have small gravel rocks and i did a 50% water change Saturday and i vacumed the gravel out quite a bit (about six gallons). I got most of the fish about 6 weeks ago and her about 5 weeks ago she was my last and only addition.

And to make matters worst during the night she had babies. Now i thought she might have been pregnet but she had no dark spot. The babies do not look normal either, they seem to be swimming funny and there are eggs-like things on the bottom of her net.

Both of her eyes are bulging out and look the same and around them is a light red color.

I am going to try and get to wal-mart and see if they have anything for popeye seeing as thought we do not have a lfs.

Can i still treat my ICH and Popeye at the same time?

Thanks a ton for the help!
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Old 05-25-2004, 01:54 PM   #8
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okay i just did all my water test and this is how it goes

pH 8
no2 .5 (AHHH)
no3 50 (AHH again)
Ammonia .25

I am doing a 10% water change right now. I can’t do much more because of all the nets I have floating in the tank. Her babies are looking more like fish this afternoon. She is still swimming and eating. And all my other fish look just about perfect still.
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Sorry, I have been away.
Nitrates are okay to about 40ppm. You want those nitrites at 0. How is the fish doing? How are the other fish doing? How are the fry doing?
Have you started treating for popeye?
Please update your ammonia, nitrite and nitrate readings. I will be available to help now that I am home
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My tank is now almost fully cycled and it seems all fish are doing create. I have had six dead fry but I think they were born really early. I am going to continue to treat ICH for another week and I think I am even ready to get another fish; now that I have plenty of QT tanks.
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