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rmorris 07-28-2008 11:59 AM

Goldbarb with red-eye
I just returned from 3 days away and one of my goldbarbs has an inflamed red circle around one eye. I want to get meds, but am not sure what the problem could be. any advice?

okiemavis 07-28-2008 03:42 PM

It sounds like it may be physical damage, but it really could be a myriad of things. Could you answer the questions this link asks for?

Also, a photo would be helpful if you can get one.

rmorris 07-28-2008 04:16 PM

gold barb with red-eye
answers to the questions:

1 - 30 gallon tank
2 - fresh water
3 - 4 years
4 - 1 goldbarb, 3 cherry barbs, 2 neon tetras, 7 other misc tetras, can't remember what kind (2 are large, gray/black stripped, 5 are smaller white/black)
5 - added a live plant last week
6 - 80
7 - bio filter
8 - no
9 - not much direct sunlight, if any
10 - last water change - last week, 25%
11 - water change every 2 weeks
12 - once a day - tetra mix
13 - flouresent bulb, 12 hours/day
14 - injured or sick fish
15 - will test ph and ammonia/nitrate levels tonight. was ok last check (6 months ago)
16 - liquid test kits, can't remember what brank
17 - last fish were neon tetras, purchased about a year ago. bought 5, all looked in the store, but 3 have since died. other fish have been in tank almost 4 years.

will try to get picture tonight

okiemavis 07-28-2008 04:29 PM

So you don't have any filter running on your tank? I'd point to a mixture of water quality issues and physical injury being your fish's problem. I'd recommend checking the ammonia/nitrite/nitrate levels immediately.

After that, monitor the eye to make sure it isn't becoming infected. You can dose Melafix (an all natural anti-bacterial) for a week if you like, but make sure your water is 100% perfect (ammonia- 0; nitrites- 0; nitrates- under 20) before treating, otherwise it can do more harm than good.

beweeb 07-28-2008 04:32 PM

he/she said he/she had a bio filter

okiemavis 07-28-2008 05:28 PM

Ahh, so sorry! I was reading two lines at once apparently :oops:

I'd still check your water, but a week of melafix should help him heal up right good.

rmorris 07-29-2008 07:56 AM

Gold barb with red-eye
thanks for all the info. I do have a filter and checked the water last night. Ph is right around 7 and ammonia was good. tried to upload a photo, but am getting error message that jpeg extension is not allowed.

Little-Fizz 07-29-2008 09:26 AM

You just have to change the type of file it is. So like... Open it in paint or something and click save as then save it as something that the site allows you to upload.

rmorris 07-29-2008 09:50 AM

gold barb with red-eye
photo attached

okiemavis 07-29-2008 03:59 PM

Hmm, something went wrong there. It's a download for a blank realplayer file.

Here's the directions for uploading a photo:

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