Hey guys, I just noticed that one of my panda corys had a puffy eye. Just yesterday he was normal, nothing really changed in terms of pH, temp, or ammonia levels (staying below .50 ppm, usually at .25). I got stuck with a fish-in cycle due to some misinformation on my LPS and overeagerness on my end :(. I guess I'm also asking that due to my tank being in the fish-in cycle, if the pop-eye is being caused by stress, and if it is, is there any way for me to help the little guy save his sight and eye? Here's my info
1. 5 Gallon Tank
2. Water parameters
a. Ammonia: .25 ppm
b. Nitrite: 0
c. Nitrate: 0
d. pH, KH and GH: Between 7.0 and 7.5, 180 KH and 120 GH
e. Test kit: API liquid Ammonia Test, API 5 in 1 test strips *ordered a full liquid API test kit, will be coming in next week*
3. Temperature: 77-79 Degrees
5. How long the aquarium has been set up: About 3 weeks.
6. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are they? How long have you had them?
2 Panda Corys, had them for almost 3 weeks. A little over an inch, but under 1.5".
7. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the inhabitants)? Yes, but I put them in early before the tank could cycle completely.
8. a. 3 Fake plants
c. No fancy or hollow decorations.
9. a. Filtration: Yes, marine land built in filter with biowheel and replaceable cartridges, and a 6" air stone hooked up to a top fin 40 gallon air pump *it has 2 air nozzles, one hooked up to the 5 gallon, and the second hooked up to my 12 gallon which is cycling right now*.
b. Heater: Preset submersible heater, top fin.
10. a. No set lighting exposure, if lights are on its when I'm watching them for 5-10 minutes at a time.
b. No direct sunlight exposure
11. a. Water change schedule: 10-15% depending if ammonia levels get above .50, otherwise 50% water change every other day.
b. Volume of water changed: Usually 2 Gallons, but if just 10-15%,
c. Well water, tap water, RO water? Tap Water
d. Water conditioner used? Used Stress Coat+ but now using Prime.
e. Frequency of gravel/sand (if any) vacuumed? Once a week.
12. Foods? Sinking wafers made up of ground brine shrimp, worms, etc etc.
How often are they fed? 1 wafer a day.
13. a. Any abnormal signs/symptoms? Currently the affected fish is semi-lethargic. He has his moments of activity, but stays on the gravel floor for the most part. Used to be very active, eating when fed, and just overall healthy.
b. Appearance of poop? Can't tell, cannot see any when they poop.
c. Appearance of gills? Not inflamed, but reddish in color. Can't tell if its a problem because they're semi-translucent, but no labored breathing.
14. a. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis? Yes.
b. What meds were used? Maracyn-two, 1 packet of powder.