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post #11 of 12 Old 08-30-2009, 01:06 PM
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Here's a method I used when one of my group of Congo tetras developed blindness (there were five, one became blind, and there were plenty of other smaller fish in the tank at the time).

In the evenings I feed frozen food like bloodworms, daphnia; and back at the time I had the congos I offered live tubifex and brine shrimp once a week when it came in to the lfs. I use a long piece of stiff tubing connected to a longer piece of regular airline tubing. I syphon up the food with the stiff tube end (by mouth, being careful and having a long piece of flexible tubing it's fairly safe once you get used to it) and squirt it right in front of the fish. The congo knew from past experience when food was offered, even in the mornings when flake was given--I always tap lightly on the tank when I open it to feed, and it is like a dinner gong, all the fish immediately come to the surface and the bottom fish begin scurrying around the substrate. The blind congo always manged to get what it needed. It lived for several years.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #12 of 12 Old 08-31-2009, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
Thanks everyone ! I didn't give up on her ! She's definitly blind she doesn't even swim away from the net. I found that if i slammed a frozen cube into the water she hits it straight on and keeps hold of it for a while, oblivious to the others she gets more than her usual share, she is after all the big cichlid.Hopefully she'll figure out the flake food so i don't have to feed so much meat.
artgalnj; you are too sweet , that is adorable
Byron; that is amazing to be able to do that with 1 tiny fish out of so many!

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