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Old 09-21-2010, 12:46 PM   #11
 
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Your poor Discus. I would have thought that Pimafix & Melafix together from API would have been good to treat the eye as it has aloe vera and tea tree oil. As long as he is eating that's a good sign. Keep us posted on his recovery.
Well, he's not taking any food yet, he has no interest. I hope tonight he will change his mind about that. Both Pimafix and Melafix are not recommended for Discus, nor are those meds useful in treating bacterial infections in Discus, according to the Discus keepers I have been chatting with. The treatment protocol I'm using comes from a very knowledgeable and experienced Discus keeper/breeder who has many years experience. No way was I going to mess around "guessing" on this one.

Good for you on saving the hamster! Not many people would have the "guts" to cut off a "hanging" eye. Sheesh, I hope that's not what I have to end up doing.
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:23 PM   #12
 
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1077- Ah, how did you know it was Eddy??
Have you ever seen such a bad eye injury? In your years of keeping Discus did you ever have to treat for something of this nature?
I'm prepared for the fact that he may lose his eye, so long as I can save his life. I checked on him this morning and instead of sitting on the bottom he's now mid tank chilling. His eye doesn't look any better but it doesn't look any worse either. Hopefully this means it's an improvement. The snails, in the meantime, are all over the tank acting as if the water is the same today as it was last week.

Kymmie.
I can't say I have expierienced such an eye problem but I would treat for minimum of ten days with water change(s) in between doses. If condition has not improved,, I might repeat treatment for another ten days.
It almost looks to be a scratch across the membrane and with the furan and lot's of clean water, Hopefully the condition does not get worse. Perhaps the fish got too inquisitive near fishes like loaches or pleco and prickly fins , and or spikes on gills of afore mentioned caused damage but this is merely speculation on my part.
I suspected it was Eddy for I would have visited the same place were it my fish. Folks there have seen or expierienced nearly everything with respect to keeping these fish.
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Old 09-22-2010, 12:19 AM   #13
 
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Kymmie.
I can't say I have expierienced such an eye problem but I would treat for minimum of ten days with water change(s) in between doses. If condition has not improved,, I might repeat treatment for another ten days.
It almost looks to be a scratch across the membrane and with the furan and lot's of clean water, Hopefully the condition does not get worse. Perhaps the fish got too inquisitive near fishes like loaches or pleco and prickly fins , and or spikes on gills of afore mentioned caused damage but this is merely speculation on my part.
I suspected it was Eddy for I would have visited the same place were it my fish. Folks there have seen or expierienced nearly everything with respect to keeping these fish.
Well, you learned what you needed to learn, as what you advise is the same as Eddie advises.
I know it wasn't the loaches or another discus (no pleco in this tank, only otos.) because I watched as the Red Turk made a made dash in between an area where the driftwood nearly abuts up to the tank wall and when he came out the other side his eye was jacked up. I have since moved that piece of driftwood.
One thing I've noticed that I find strange is one of my otos likes to try to attach himself to my Orange Pigeon. Of course the OP flicks him right off but the oto has tried to do this a couple of times. It's always the same oto to the same discus. I didn't know that otos had a fondness for slime coats, odd?
I'm holding good thoughts that tomorrow when I wake up I see some type of improvement. A small milestone was tonight his dorsal fin is straight up, this morning it was clamped down *hard*. Water params are ph 7.8, 0 ammonia, 0 nitrItes, just a hint of 5 for nitrAtes. Temp is being steadily maintained and I've got an airstone running so this clamping was not due to water quality, just him simply not feeling well. I never thought I'd worry so much over "just a fish".
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:09 AM   #14
 
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A little improvement, only because he is still remaining unclamped. The eye looks a little worse. Today is a pwc with another dose of meds. He still won't eat.
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:43 AM   #15
 
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Oh my, Kym. I just saw this thread. Poor baby. He is your male to your female from the first mated pair, correct? I hope he pulls through. Sometimes things get worse before they get better. I hope this is the case for your Red Turk, too. Good luck with him, my friend.
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Old 09-22-2010, 12:02 PM   #16
 
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I read somewhere that ottos shouldn't be with discus because they do crave slime coat...

Of course you must have really healthy fish, since that site said the discus were unable to remove the ottos... Yours must just flick them off.
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Old 09-22-2010, 01:27 PM   #17
 
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I read somewhere that ottos shouldn't be with discus because they do crave slime coat...

Of course you must have really healthy fish, since that site said the discus were unable to remove the ottos... Yours must just flick them off.
She does! The little oto is no match for a five+ inch Discus, lol.
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Old 09-22-2010, 01:36 PM   #18
 
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Oh my, Kym. I just saw this thread. Poor baby. He is your male to your female from the first mated pair, correct? I hope he pulls through. Sometimes things get worse before they get better. I hope this is the case for your Red Turk, too. Good luck with him, my friend.
Thanks, Lisa. Yes, the Discus with the infected eye is the male of my first mated pair.
It's really bumming me out, but, as you already know, waking up to wrigglers(!) from my other mated pair was exciting as all get out! I just checked on the pair (female Red Turk- male Blue Diamond) and they have successfully made breakfast of all the wrigglers. Ate every single one, lol.
I'm sure it'll only be one more week to ten days before they try again. I didn't think that eggs would be able to hatch in San Diego tap water but now I know that they can. I think the reason the other pair (female Orange Pigeon-male Red Turk) never had any eggs that hatched is because the male Red Turk is probably shooting blanks. He's alot younger than the male Blue Diamond.

Off to go do the w/c on the QT tank and re-dose with meds. My poor
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:05 PM   #19
 
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Ouch. Poor fishy :(
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you.
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Old 09-23-2010, 08:21 AM   #20
 
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How's he looking today Kym?
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