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Old 05-23-2011, 11:19 AM   #1
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I'm a very new fish keeper (10 weeks) and brand new to using an advice forum so have been having some difficulty finding my way around how to use this. Consequently I've posted a message for this site in the tech support site. I don't know how to move it so here it is again! My very pregnant guppy (about 5 weeks - this is her second pregnancy since I've had her) has recently developed very protuberant eyes resembling a frog. I've read lots of info about all the hideous infections that cause pop eyes but she has no other symptoms. She's swimming well - no imbalance; no discolouration; her poo is normal; eating well - verging on aggressively ( I wondered if this was due to her advanced stage of pregnancy); socialising normally with the other guppies. I'm panicking incase she has something dreadful and terminal and I need to be treating her - I recently lost another female post birth with what I think was hexamita. Anyone had any experience of this or know something about it? All advice hugely gratefully received
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:28 AM   #2
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HI! Welcome to AA! As to the message, just report it to a moderator. You can do this by going to the home page (by clicking "portal" in the upper left hand corner) and then scrolling to the bottom of the screen. You should see a list of currently online members. Click on one with a bold blue, underlined name. From their profile, click on "send message" or just "comment" on their profile with your query.

Now, as to the fish, could you post a picture on the forums? It can be difficult to do based on your computer setup. In the message box, click the icon that has a mountain and a sun on it, and then locate the picture on your computer.

It may be that your fish is supposed to have "protuberant eyes", especially if she seems happy. I do not know much about this particular case, so we'll have to wait for a pro.
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Okay, I have done some research on pop eye. Pop eye is not a disease, but rather a common symptom of several diseases, including Ich and Tubercolosis! If you have any cuts or scratches, you should keep your hands out of the water, and wash them thoroughly after handling fish tank matters. It is unlikely your fish has tubercolosis though.

I would suggest firstly, waiting until the guppy has finished her birth term. Watch her closely and determine if the pop eye remains afterwards. If it does, consider this fish's past. If she has had any other illnesses which "popped" her eyes, they will remain popped after the illness has been treated. Her pregnancy may even have popped her eyes because of stretching to bodily tissues. It may just be a scar of past incidences. Where and when did you acquire this fish? Has she been sick before?
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:07 AM   #4
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Many thanks for both your responses and also for welcoming me. I'm very grateful for all technical advice - I'm still very unsure about how to use the site. I haven't posted a photo because having continued to observe her (and having also done all my research on possible causes and seeing no other symptoms) I'd come to much the same conclusion as you - that is that this might be pregnancy related - she was HUGE. I know of no previous illness and she came from a reputable fish shop. She has now birthed and her eyes have reduced a little tho' she's maintaining her froggy look! The important factor is that she continues to display happy and healthy behaviour. I think I was particularly anxious because I'd not understood or recognised the symptoms my late guppy was displaying till too late and am now reacting to every less that typical twitch or hiccup - am becoming a fishhypochondriac- a massive learning curve - spend all my time researching fish diseases and their aetiology!
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Many thanks for both your responses and also for welcoming me. I'm very grateful for all technical advice - I'm still very unsure about how to use the site. I haven't posted a photo because having continued to observe her (and having also done all my research on possible causes and seeing no other symptoms) I'd come to much the same conclusion as you - that is that this might be pregnancy related - she was HUGE. I know of no previous illness and she came from a reputable fish shop. She has now birthed and her eyes have reduced a little tho' she's maintaining her froggy look! The important factor is that she continues to display happy and healthy behaviour. I think I was particularly anxious because I'd not understood or recognised the symptoms my late guppy was displaying till too late and am now reacting to every less that typical twitch or hiccup - am becoming a fishhypochondriac- a massive learning curve - spend all my time researching fish diseases and their aetiology!
Cograts on the babies and welcome to AA....
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