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How's he looking today Kym?
Still too early to tell. The QT lights stay off 24/7 as it renders the medicine less effective, not to mention makes him more comfortable. Light breaks down the properties of Furan. Once the ambient light hits the room where the tank is I'll be able to look in on him. I hope I see some sort of improvement, no matter how small. I'm really hoping to get him to take some food today. I've got some nice yummy live blackworms for him, I hope he takes the bait.
 

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Maybe try feeding him directly with a pipette so he doesn't have to chase or do much movement. I hope the poor fella takes the bait too. Thinking about you on the left coast and keeping high hopes for your boy ! :)
 

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Maybe try feeding him directly with a pipette so he doesn't have to chase or do much movement. I hope the poor fella takes the bait too. Thinking about you on the left coast and keeping high hopes for your boy ! :)
I always use a plastic pipette for feeding anyway. ;-)
Using a pipette ensures that each of my Discus gets their fair share. Some are more shy than others, and some of them are just downright pigs, shoving everyone else out of the way for food. :lol:
 

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So you feed each one individually every day? What do you do about dry food like flakes?
Yep, each one is fed individually every day, I normally feed them three times a day. They are not fond of flakes but I do have a Blue Diamond that is an absolute pig. He and a couple of my other Discus will pick off some of the flakes that I feed the school of Cardinals that are in the Discus tank. I've tried to wean my Discus off of live blackworms but no such luck. I refuse to "starve" them until they will take other food. In the meantime I'm able to soak the live worms in a liquid vitamin supplement to ensure they are getting what they need. It's nice having them being unable to resist live foods because when I need to medicate them for various reasons you just soak the worms in the meds and they eat it right up.

I just tried offering my Red Turk food and he had zero interest in eating anything. :-(

Today's eye pic:
 

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Wow, that eye looks sore. I'm in the same boat as you Kym. Yesterday my Polleni injured his eye and it looks just like your Discus's. He was fine when I fed them last night. I looked in on them not one hour later and his eye was damaged. I'm betting the Punk had something to do with it. The clear outer layer that covers the eye was "popped" and had peeled back. I just started him today on Furan 2.
 

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These poor fish sure know how to get themselves in trouble! Best of luck to both of you.

Kym, How were his fins today? Clamped or open? Maybe try offering him food later today now that he's approaching you more like normal when you enter the room. P.S. LOVE the new avatar!! She's a real beauty!
 

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Wow, that eye looks sore. I'm in the same boat as you Kym. Yesterday my Polleni injured his eye and it looks just like your Discus's. He was fine when I fed them last night. I looked in on them not one hour later and his eye was damaged. I'm betting the Punk had something to do with it. The clear outer layer that covers the eye was "popped" and had peeled back. I just started him today on Furan 2.
That sounds like the exact same eye injury, from what you descibe! You should have better luck (and save the Polleni's eye) since you started treatment so much sooner than I did. I was waiting and hoping that daily water changes were going to help clear it up on its own. In retrospect I should have pulled him pronto and treated, instead of waiting. Live and learn. Good luck with yours, keep up posted with updates.
 

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These poor fish sure know how to get themselves in trouble! Best of luck to both of you.

Kym, How were his fins today? Clamped or open? Maybe try offering him food later today now that he's approaching you more like normal when you enter the room. P.S. LOVE the new avatar!! She's a real beauty!
He's not clamped but not interested in food at all. :-(
Yes, I also think my Snow Flake is a beauty but she better not have any intention of mating up with any of the available males. Three mated pairs would make my life hellacious!
 

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The eye as it looks this morning. He still has no interest in food whatsoever. :-(
I think I see a tad improvement. (More wishful thinking on my part??)
 

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Just keep up with the medication. That medication you're using came from reliable sources. I was going to suggest maybe moving him closer to the 100g so ge can see his female, but that might stress him more and won't work because of the lighting and meds. Keep your chin up. He's still here with us, so that's a good sign.
 

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Just keep up with the medication. That medication you're using came from reliable sources. I was going to suggest maybe moving him closer to the 100g so ge can see his female, but that might stress him more and won't work because of the lighting and meds. Keep your chin up. He's still here with us, so that's a good sign.
His female isn't doing well. She looks "mopey" and has taken to staying in the corner, slightly tilted to one side. Her fins aren't clamped, I just think she's depressed but she still has an excellent appetite. She just misses her "dude".
Trying to stay positive. I truly think I see less "fuzz" on the eye so hopefully the antibiotics are doing their job. My poor guy...:-(
 

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How long are you supposed to treat for? Less fuzz is a good thing, so maybe he's slowly healing. I feel bad for your female, but hopefully they'll be reunited before you know it.
 

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Kym, I see improvement also. Those white "bumps" are gone and there's less of a cloudy film.

Let me know what your source says on the length of antibiotic treatment. I know you want to make sure to do a full course. I think it's at least 10 days for humans. With injuries in fish it might be until it's healed. Keep us posted.
 

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Kymmie your poor fish, I hope like heck he gets better.
 

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I continue the meds until the eye looks nearly like it did right after injury. The eye is never going to look normal. Tonight I pulled the fish, gently rubbed the eye with a damp paper towel, dabbed a small amount of neosporin, did a 90% w/c, and added another dose of Furan. Of course, this precedure was recommend by someone I know and trust very well and has been keeping Discus for twenty years. The fish didn't object to much to this treatment, believe it or not. If someone did that to me I'd go nuts!
 

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Wow. Good for you for doing that for him. I suppose the neosporin is supposed to help with infection? How often do you do the neosporin treatment? Is Furan 2 also an antibiotic? How's he doing today? Sorry for so many questions. I like in learn as much as possible so I know what to do in emergencies as well :) And of course I'm worried about your little guy, too.
 

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Furan-2 is an antibiotic, as is the Neo. I think he had me use the Neo to coat the eye, as it is slighly water-proof, for a short while anyway. The eye is no longer fuzzy but it has swelled to the point where it is protruding from the head by 1/4". I'm sure that's because it's filled with fluid. I've have half a notion to lance the eye so it can drain. Of course, I will call my guy and see if he thinks that's an option. If this fish had cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars I'd be looking for a fish vet. I may call around to find one anyway. I wonder what a doctor's visit costs for a fish? I've only done the Neo once, I may pull him this morning, rub with a damp paper towel and apply a bit more Neo. :-?
 
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