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post #41 of 106 Old 09-27-2010, 11:28 AM
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Maybe once it's healed the fluid will go down. Obviously I'm not expert, but I would think puncturing the eye could cause another infection. Hopefully this is just the next step in the healing process. How is he acting? any better? Has he taken any food all weekend?
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post #42 of 106 Old 09-27-2010, 03:21 PM
Wow I'm so sorry! I sure hope he is doing better! Just take it one day at a time....

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post #43 of 106 Old 09-27-2010, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Maybe once it's healed the fluid will go down. Obviously I'm not expert, but I would think puncturing the eye could cause another infection. Hopefully this is just the next step in the healing process. How is he acting? any better? Has he taken any food all weekend?
LOL, after I read what I wrote I thought what a moron I sounded like! I suppose because the eye now looks like a big blister lancing came to mind. The fastest way to heal a blister is to carefully drain it from the edge. But this is an eye, not a blister. What an idiot!!
Anyway, he is behaving normally other than he will still not eat one stinking thing. I'm starting to get very discouraged...

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post #44 of 106 Old 09-27-2010, 07:26 PM
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Try not to get discouraged, Kym. He's just not feeling well. I know when I don't feel well I don't want to eat either. Hopefully he'll get better and better with each passing day and he'll take some food soon. You're doing a great job at helping him heal. Keep your chin up. He's already showing improvement!
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post #45 of 106 Old 09-27-2010, 07:46 PM
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Hang in there Kym. You have a great source iof info. and care in Ron. Even if he loses the eye, he'll still be one gorgeous happy fish.

Maybe they sell little Discus eye patches? Aaaarrrrrrr!!!

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post #46 of 106 Old 09-30-2010, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, I've been hanging tough and so has my fish.
Here's this morning's picture and I don't think it's my imagination that the eye is healing up nicely.
(He didn't want to face the casmera with the bad eye so I had to gently hold him in place for this photo opportunity)
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post #47 of 106 Old 09-30-2010, 12:50 PM
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Oh my goodness! It looks fantastic!! It's okay he didn't want to show us his eye. He might still be a bit embarrassed about his mishap with the driftwood. But soon enough, he'll be proud to flaunt his eye again!

You're doing a wonderful job at taking care of him. I wouldn't be surpirsed if he healed up as normal and didn't end up losing his eye. He's looking really good. Nice job, Kym! And I'm proud of your fish too for enduring this, even if he does shoot blanks.

Has he taken ANY food yet?
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post #48 of 106 Old 09-30-2010, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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No food yet, but Ron assures me that he can go for over a month without food and still be fine. He was fat and healthy to start so when Ron tells me not to worry I don't. We have a plan in place in a month's time should he not regain his appetite by then. Ron has tons and tips & tricks, lol.
I'm pretty sure he can still see out of this eye, not clearly but shadows. When I walk into the laundry room (where I have the QT set up, because I can keep that room dark, which alleviates stress to my fish) and if his bad eye is facing me he will swim around so that his "good" eye is facing me. I believe he does this so he can see clearly what's going on around him? Otherwise, if he was blind in the "bad" eye I wouldn't expect any movement from him in regards to my prescence. I've even tried sneaking up on him and he still "sees" me. Thoughts??

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post #49 of 106 Old 09-30-2010, 01:23 PM
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First, let me get the picture out of my head of you trying to sneak up on him...LOL

His eye looks pretty darn good to me. You can still see his pupil, which tells me that he can proably see out of the eye. Might just look cloudy.

What is the plan if he doesn't eat in the next couple weeks? Hopefully as his eye heals even more, he'll start to feel better and get his appetite back.
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post #50 of 106 Old 09-30-2010, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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Alot of times you can bring the temp of the tank to 86 to 88, you treat the water with Metronidazole and for some reason that will kick start their appetites. (edit: this method of kickstarting an appetite is only for Discus, not other fish) I had to do this with my Apricot and it worked great. I have a feeling he's going to eat without me having to do this, but may take a few more days. I think the fish is looking great as compared to before. I now dub myself a "fish doc", lol.

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