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When it comes to fishkeeping it is wise to never under estimate the importance of patience and clean water! For anyone who had been following my thread on the awful eye injury and subsequent infection of my RT's eye here's an update. After being given the ok to introduce back into the display I decided to hold off a bit and continue with the HUGE water changes (every other day, 80%) The result has made me VERY happy. I didn't think the eye could get any better than it had, but it did. He now only has a slight cloudiness in part of the iris but the pupil is a nice dark black with no marring. He reacts when facing me sideways with that eye (good eye to the other side) so I'm sure he can see. Not sure on the accuracy of vision but he does have vision. He is eating so much better, just in the way he used to prior to the injury. I think I will go ahead and introduce him into the display in the next few days. Just shy of 60 days in QT, I'm glad I was able to be patient!

I had to share, as this makes me VERY happy.
I'm showing pics at its worst and as it looks today. I am thrilled. :)
 

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Looks great! So glad he healed nicely.
 

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I had faith in you. I knew he would heal ok, just took a little time and TLC. :-D
 

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Kymmie,
I too thought the eye was possibly lost ,and am pleased that the fish has recovered much better than I would have expected.
While medications have their place and can be helpful,, Little in my view provides more benefit's than clean water.
It appears a combination of both has served you and the fish well. Bet you are resting easier :lol:
 

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Yay! What a great job you did healing your fishy. I'm glad he recovered so nicely. Give yourself a big pat on the back - you deserve it.
 

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Kymmie,
I too thought the eye was possibly lost ,and am pleased that the fish has recovered much better than I would have expected.
While medications have their place and can be helpful,, Little in my view provides more benefit's than clean water.
It appears a combination of both has served you and the fish well. Bet you are resting easier :lol:
I did use Furan-2 at the very onset of infection, but just for the two recommended rounds. The follow up was 50 days of good clean water. Yes, I'm resting much easier and my hair & nails are now growing back in. (Alot of hair pulling and nail biting on my part, lol)
 

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Wow, it looks great! The first picture is so horrifying that I would definitely have thought he was going to lose the eye. It's wonderful that you were able to nurse him back to health, especially with clean water! Congrats! :-D
 

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Wow, it looks great! The first picture is so horrifying that I would definitely have thought he was going to lose the eye. It's wonderful that you were able to nurse him back to health, especially with clean water! Congrats! :-D
Thanks. Is that your Discus in your avatar? It's a beauty!
 

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Yes, he is! How many Discus do you have total? Details, details. I love Discus, as you may have already guessed, lol.
I adore them too, though I didn't imagine having any for quite some time. Actually I must admit that I covet your white diamond. :lol:

As of right now I have five, but I should be picking up number six (a snakeskin) tomorrow. Unfortunately I've had to add them one at a time because it's hard to find decent specimens around here. I haven't even been able to get the same sizes! I have two that are about 3.5", one that is maybe 2 3/4", and two that are 2" or less, though thankfully I haven't had any problems. I have had adventures with these guys already just getting a hold of them! :mrgreen:
 

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I adore them too, though I didn't imagine having any for quite some time. Actually I must admit that I covet your white diamond. :lol:

As of right now I have five, but I should be picking up number six (a snakeskin) tomorrow. Unfortunately I've had to add them one at a time because it's hard to find decent specimens around here. I haven't even been able to get the same sizes! I have two that are about 3.5", one that is maybe 2 3/4", and two that are 2" or less, though thankfully I haven't had any problems. I have had adventures with these guys already just getting a hold of them! :mrgreen:
Yep, I love my little Snow Flake. ;-)
I see your also in California. North or South? I know of quite a few really good Discus breeders in our state. The smallest Discus I have aquired were three inches at time of purchase. I was always too leary to go with anything smaller, even though I have seen some spectacular 2"ers. By the time I have waited for them to be 3" someone else snapped them up!
 

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Yep, I love my little Snow Flake. ;-)
I see your also in California. North or South? I know of quite a few really good Discus breeders in our state. The smallest Discus I have aquired were three inches at time of purchase. I was always too leary to go with anything smaller, even though I have seen some spectacular 2"ers. By the time I have waited for them to be 3" someone else snapped them up!
I'm right smack dab in the middle (Fresno, Central Valley). Which is, of course, the worst place to live in California. I used to live in Monterey but I had to move for school. (Worst day of my life, having to abandon cool and breezy coast for barren desert, lol!) I found a place in the SF area near my brother that breeds them, so I'll probably eventually rehome two (a turq and the red marlboro, I'm thinking) in order to get a white diamond and a checkerboard pigeon and have my discus "dream team." ;-)

Oh no! :lol: Actually that happens here too, even though there aren't many fishkeepers. I ordered a pigeonblood and a snakeskin last week but the manager got it in her head that I wanted a red turq and ordered that instead. They stuck the little guy in one of their tanks temporarily before sending him back but he sold the next day. I didn't want anything smaller than tennis ball-sized at first, but after getting the first three and seeing how hardy they really are I felt comfortable in getting the little guys. These last two from another source have been the best of the lot even though they were the smallest. They took to the tank right away, joined the other discus immediately instead of hiding, ate like pigs from the start, and explored like curious kids.

Now I'm curious, which strains/colors do you have other than the white diamond and red turquoise?
 

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Fresno? Yuck! lol. My nephews live in Fresno (Clovis, to be exact) and I'm down here in Carlsbad but I try to make it up your way a couple of times a year.

As far as my discus...I have two Blue Diamonds, one Cobalt, two Red Turks, two Pigeonbloods and of course, Ms. Snow Flake. Of my eight discus I now have three spawning pairs :shock:
Only one pair were successful getting a spawn to the free swimming stage until they were eaten. :-(

Ps. The worst place to live in California is Barstow, not Fresno, lol.
 

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Fresno? Yuck! lol. My nephews live in Fresno (Clovis, to be exact) and I'm down here in Carlsbad but I try to make it up your way a couple of times a year.

As far as my discus...I have two Blue Diamonds, one Cobalt, two Red Turks, two Pigeonbloods and of course, Ms. Snow Flake. Of my eight discus I now have three spawning pairs :shock:
Only one pair were successful getting a spawn to the free swimming stage until they were eaten. :-(

Ps. The worst place to live in California is Barstow, not Fresno, lol.
Lol! You're right, I forgot about Barstow. Bakersfield too. Clovis is definitely a bit more "special" than Fresno... only there can you see men strolling around in cowboy boots for no apparent reason. :lol:

Wow! That's a great number. I can't believe you have three pairs though! Man, I really hope mine don't pair up. I don't have room for another tank for baby raising. :shock: Do yours all have names? I've tried naming mine but I always just end up calling them by their colors. Only my blue diamond has a nickname that has stuck, but he earned it because he's a jerk so it's not exactly an appropriate name, lol.

I'm sure you'll get some babies soon with three pairs at it. You'll have to have a thread here tracking their progress when they do! Are all three of the pairs in one tank though?
 

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Lol! You're right, I forgot about Barstow. Bakersfield too. Clovis is definitely a bit more "special" than Fresno... only there can you see men strolling around in cowboy boots for no apparent reason. :lol:

Wow! That's a great number. I can't believe you have three pairs though! Man, I really hope mine don't pair up. I don't have room for another tank for baby raising. :shock: Do yours all have names? I've tried naming mine but I always just end up calling them by their colors. Only my blue diamond has a nickname that has stuck, but he earned it because he's a jerk so it's not exactly an appropriate name, lol.

I'm sure you'll get some babies soon with three pairs at it. You'll have to have a thread here tracking their progress when they do! Are all three of the pairs in one tank though?
LOL, just like you, none of my Discus have names except for my Blue Diamond, and that name isn't printable here! Blue Diamonds have a well deserved rep as the "jerks" of the Discus world.

All my Discus are kept together in a community tank, with loaches. If I was a betting woman I would have to say that the one batch of fry that got to free swimming were probably eaten by my clown loaches. Discus are great at protecting their eggs and subsequent wrigglers but they are no match for a herd of hungry clowns. I go back and forth with the should I or shouldn't I as far as pulling a pair to their own breeding tank. Fishkeeping should be fun, and not work. Raising Discus fry sounds like work, and not fun, lol.
 
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