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post #1 of 5 Old 05-09-2007, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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i got a pair of sailfins at the weekend and the female now has poeye. i treated with melafix and the bubble has gone down but her eyes r still cloudy. will melafix sort this out? my params r normal. i made a complaint to the lfs due to the poor health of the fish and they said they will take the matter seriously.
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-10-2007, 01:23 AM
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You say the water params are "normal", but that doesn't tell us much that will help us to help you. Can you post test results for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH please? Also, other information that will be needed is:
What size is the tank? How long has it been set up?
How often do you do water changes? How much at a time?
What is the temp?
How often are you feeding and what kind of food?
What other fish/animals are in the tank?
Are there live plants in the tank?
Are you running CO2 in the tank?
What kind of filter are you running? What media is in it?
We need more information to help you, but once we have it, you should get help quick enough.
As for the Melafix, it shouldn't hurt anything, so if you wish to continue treatment, that is up to you. If it turns out that other medications are needed, you'll want to expect to run carbon in the filter for 48 hrs and do a 25% water change before starting a new medication to be safe. It sounds as if that will be the case, so you may want to begin prepping for that now? Once I know the information listed above, I can help you to choose the proper medication for your fish and the problem. Also, any other symptoms you may have noticed in this fish or any others will be important, too.
Good Luck to you!

Dawn Moneyhan
Aquatics Specialist/Nutritionist
Juneau, WI
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post #3 of 5 Old 05-10-2007, 02:51 AM Thread Starter
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params are, nitrites-0 nirates- 20 ammonia-0 ph- 7.4
tank is 29 gal been running for 8 months
water changes 10% weekly
temp 25 degrees c
feed 3 times a week on flake.frozen bloodworm,various other frozen on ocassion, live food wen i can get it, and veggies once a week
other fish? well theres a few including plecos, kuhlis and frogs,hatchetts fish, bala, denison barbs and a ram
3 live plants no co2
sponge filter fluval 3plus
no carbon in the filter as far as i know
no other symptoms, all other fish ok. i also have fry in there so dont want to use a med that may harm them. she seems ok today, her eye is no longer protruding but still a little cloudy. seems active and well in herself.
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-10-2007, 01:15 PM
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Considering the other fish in the tank, especially the fry, I would not attempt to medicate using any other med in that tank. If the eye doesn't clear up by the time the Melafix treatment is complete, or it gets worse or shows up in another fish, I would suggest the use of a quarantine tank for further meds.
If you need help on what meds to use, let me know. Meanwhile, keep the water quality good and stable. Fish have some amazing natural healing abilities if the water quality is really good. You might want to increase the number of water exchanges to 2 - 3 times/wk for a couple of wks, but not the amount you change each time. This will help a lot.
Good Luck!

Dawn Moneyhan
Aquatics Specialist/Nutritionist
Juneau, WI
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-10-2007, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the reply! i thought it may have been my water but turns out its not, even the lfs tried to blame the water. i told them it was their poorly kept fish! thanks again
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