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Julie's Julies 02-25-2009 10:14 PM

Angelfish gave herself popeye
I have a pair of breeding angels in an established 29-gallon. Tank mates are 4 platies and 3 cories. Every time the pair spawns, they fight like crazy, tearing off each other's scales and ripping fins. This time, the female lost multiple scales on her left side and severely damaged her left eye. Last night she had shredded the protective film covering the eye, and it was all cloudy. Today, she has popeye in addition to the other damage.

Is there anything I can do for her? Will this heal of its own accord? I've added melafix and pimafix to the tank because of all the damage the pair has inflicted on one another.

Also, is there any way, short of separating the pair, to keep them from fighting? Would adding more plants help? Is the tank too small? If angels are supposed to be docile cichlids, I'd hate to see what an aggressive species would do!!

FordMan 02-25-2009 10:29 PM

remove the female after the eggs are laid and treat in a q tank with antibiotics epson salt and stress coat angels are nasty when they mate and the male gaurds those eggs against ANY other fish even it's own mate who gets too close

1077 02-26-2009 04:28 AM

Were it me, (and it ain't) I would remove the female as mentioned and provide clean water with twice weekly 20 percent water changes and just observe the fish. Many fish will heal on their own without the use of medications if clean enviornment is provided. The use of two or three meds, or salts may or may not help and there is no way to tell which was responsible for improvement or which may or may not have made the condition worse.To suggest meds without stipulating at what concentrations, for how long, and how often is of little or no help in my view.

Julie's Julies 02-26-2009 11:55 AM

Thanks for the advice, guys! I've got a tank I can use as a quarantine tank, so I'll work on moving her. I tend not to use meds much - I've not had great success with them. Salt does seem to help a little, but most of all, time alone has been my greatest ally. Moving her is a good idea, though, so that she doesn't infect the rest of the tank. I do have some stress coat, so I'll read up on that. Much appreciated!

Julie's Julies 02-26-2009 09:40 PM

After just 24 hours with a water change and no other meds, she's greatly improved. Yay!

jeaninel 02-27-2009 11:53 AM

That's good to hear! it's amazing how much clean water and a stress free environment can help to heal.

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