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This is a discussion on Discus Eye Injury within the Cichlids forums, part of the Freshwater and Tropical Fish category; --> Originally Posted by LisaC144 How's he looking today Kym? Still too early to tell. The QT lights stay off 24/7 as it renders the ...

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Old 09-23-2010, 09:47 AM   #21
 
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How's he looking today Kym?
Still too early to tell. The QT lights stay off 24/7 as it renders the medicine less effective, not to mention makes him more comfortable. Light breaks down the properties of Furan. Once the ambient light hits the room where the tank is I'll be able to look in on him. I hope I see some sort of improvement, no matter how small. I'm really hoping to get him to take some food today. I've got some nice yummy live blackworms for him, I hope he takes the bait.
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Old 09-23-2010, 10:14 AM   #22
 
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Maybe try feeding him directly with a pipette so he doesn't have to chase or do much movement. I hope the poor fella takes the bait too. Thinking about you on the left coast and keeping high hopes for your boy !
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:00 AM   #23
 
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Maybe try feeding him directly with a pipette so he doesn't have to chase or do much movement. I hope the poor fella takes the bait too. Thinking about you on the left coast and keeping high hopes for your boy !
I always use a plastic pipette for feeding anyway.
Using a pipette ensures that each of my Discus gets their fair share. Some are more shy than others, and some of them are just downright pigs, shoving everyone else out of the way for food.
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:05 AM   #24
 
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So you feed each one individually every day? What do you do about dry food like flakes?
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:10 PM   #25
 
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So you feed each one individually every day? What do you do about dry food like flakes?
Yep, each one is fed individually every day, I normally feed them three times a day. They are not fond of flakes but I do have a Blue Diamond that is an absolute pig. He and a couple of my other Discus will pick off some of the flakes that I feed the school of Cardinals that are in the Discus tank. I've tried to wean my Discus off of live blackworms but no such luck. I refuse to "starve" them until they will take other food. In the meantime I'm able to soak the live worms in a liquid vitamin supplement to ensure they are getting what they need. It's nice having them being unable to resist live foods because when I need to medicate them for various reasons you just soak the worms in the meds and they eat it right up.

I just tried offering my Red Turk food and he had zero interest in eating anything.

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Old 09-23-2010, 02:43 PM   #26
 
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Wow, that eye looks sore. I'm in the same boat as you Kym. Yesterday my Polleni injured his eye and it looks just like your Discus's. He was fine when I fed them last night. I looked in on them not one hour later and his eye was damaged. I'm betting the Punk had something to do with it. The clear outer layer that covers the eye was "popped" and had peeled back. I just started him today on Furan 2.
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Old 09-23-2010, 02:48 PM   #27
 
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These poor fish sure know how to get themselves in trouble! Best of luck to both of you.

Kym, How were his fins today? Clamped or open? Maybe try offering him food later today now that he's approaching you more like normal when you enter the room. P.S. LOVE the new avatar!! She's a real beauty!
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Old 09-23-2010, 03:49 PM   #28
 
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Wow, that eye looks sore. I'm in the same boat as you Kym. Yesterday my Polleni injured his eye and it looks just like your Discus's. He was fine when I fed them last night. I looked in on them not one hour later and his eye was damaged. I'm betting the Punk had something to do with it. The clear outer layer that covers the eye was "popped" and had peeled back. I just started him today on Furan 2.
That sounds like the exact same eye injury, from what you descibe! You should have better luck (and save the Polleni's eye) since you started treatment so much sooner than I did. I was waiting and hoping that daily water changes were going to help clear it up on its own. In retrospect I should have pulled him pronto and treated, instead of waiting. Live and learn. Good luck with yours, keep up posted with updates.
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Old 09-23-2010, 03:51 PM   #29
 
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These poor fish sure know how to get themselves in trouble! Best of luck to both of you.

Kym, How were his fins today? Clamped or open? Maybe try offering him food later today now that he's approaching you more like normal when you enter the room. P.S. LOVE the new avatar!! She's a real beauty!
He's not clamped but not interested in food at all.
Yes, I also think my Snow Flake is a beauty but she better not have any intention of mating up with any of the available males. Three mated pairs would make my life hellacious!
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Old 09-24-2010, 01:48 PM   #30
 
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The eye as it looks this morning. He still has no interest in food whatsoever.
I think I see a tad improvement. (More wishful thinking on my part??)
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