Rainbow shark with one huge eye.
I have a 29 gallon tank. Live plants. Fresh water. Established for years. Have had fish tanks for years. All elements of the water are good. Water temp is at 72. I have neons, catfish, one huge angel, huge pleco, frogs, clown fish, but my rainbow shark has one eye that is huge. I noticed it the other day. Did a water change.It likes to swing with the one huge eye at the surface of the water. All other aspects of the fish looks good. No other fish have any problems. Just this rainbow shark. The rainbow shark shows no other forms of stress. The colo, shape, and breathing seem normal just one really big eye. It does swing at the top of the tank with the one big eye at the surface. Any thoughts. I thought maybe it could have been a form of baterial infections like aeromonas or pseudomonas. I have never had to ask for help before but im confused on this one.
And also welcome to TFK
This certainly sounds like pop-eye, although I have never heard of a shark getting it, doesn't mean it can't happen.
As mcb5522 said earlier, it is caused (like most diesases) from bad water conditions. You say your water quality is good? What kind of test kits are you using? Dip strips are very inaccurate. Many test kits can lead you to think your water quality is better than it is, which isn't really your fault if you didn't know the test strips were inaccurate.
How reciently have you tested the water? It is always a good idea to test water if anything is ab-normal. 5 minutes could save you the lives of several fish.
The test kit: Freshwater master test kit. It checks Ph, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate. I use Neutral Regulator and aquarium salt.
It has test tubes that i put aquarium water in and chemical drips i add and shake it. Than I compare it to a colored chart.
Some thing is wrong for sure the shark is hiding on the surface behind the water filtration sucking tube. Any ideas. I don't have a separate tank for treatment. The only med. I have are rid-ich and I have lifegaurd all in one treatment. ( I have never used it i just bought it).
Thanks for your responses
Everything else in the tank is good. All the other fish are normal.
The rainbow shark just has one hug eye and I just noticed there is like a silver or white circle around the eye. Maybe due to swelling or a bacteria or parasite? I don't know. I would say I noticed it about a week ago. It only looked a little bigger thought nothing really of it but today its huge.
Could it be another fish bite the eye or something. Im just concerned because its hiding and on the surface
Still sounds like pop-eye. You may want to see if you can find pictures of fish with pop-eye, just to see if that is it or not.
When you say,"freshwater master test kit" I assume you are talking about API master liquid test kit. It is a pretty accurate test. When was the last time you tested? What were the results?
My oscar had pop eye and it was odd because all the other fish were healthy but ymy water had a reading of 30 nitrates which is dirty enough of water. I dont like the behavior he is showing and I think salt is detrimental to popeye. Read up on it asap as my oscar died within four days of showing bad behavior like that even with large water changes everyday. Although my guy possibly had more problems that I was not taking care of. His fins were ripped apart by other cichlids and I took him from my friends tank as my tank was more peaceful. Anyway im telling you to alert u to look it up elsewhere if no one else can get you an answer on here.
Yeah, nitrates at 30ppm can be pretty bad, because the fish often show no symtoms of bad health until the moment the catch something.
Do research pop-eye, puppiesrule, and tell us what you find.
yes its the same test....
I did look a little but not much time I did find this..
Odd. Many cases of pop-eye I have heard of have been only one eye. Where you are getting your information? I am not saying it is wrong or anything like that, I am just wondering if it is a reputable source. There is alot of conflicting information about many things on the internet.
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