03-12-2009, 9:20 PM
I came home from work today and one of my 2" EBJD's eyes was poping out and extremely cloudy. What should I do? I cant put him in another tank until tomorrow

03-12-2009, 9:27 PM
Pics Please help

03-12-2009, 9:38 PM
ouch definitely isolate soon start with melafix first then add some salt plus there is other med something like tetracycline. i hope it recovers.

03-13-2009, 4:07 AM
What are the water parameters?
What test kit do you use?
What are the tankmates?
Pics of the whole tank setup?
Any rough decorations?
What is your tank maintenance regimen?

03-13-2009, 10:54 AM
I use a AP test kit (the liquid kind). Water parameters are Ph:7.2 Am:0.3 Ni:0 Na:15-20. I will a water change to dilute the ammonia concentration. Tankmates are 2 Geophagus Tapajos, 2 Geophagus surinamensis, 1 geophagus steindachneri, 8 chromidotilapia guntheri fry, dragon goby, 8 tiger barbs, 2 pictus cats, another 2"ebjd, farowella, royal pleco, and a 1" alto compressiceps. All fish are still small (under 4") so it is not overcrowed. I added some melafix last night. It is a 120 gallon planted tank. As for rough decorations, there is a few quartz rocks and a large piece of driftwood. Here is a pic of the tank:

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03-13-2009, 10:56 AM

03-13-2009, 11:19 AM
Should I isolate him in a qt? I dont have a quarantine set up but I have any empty tank I can fill and an extra filter that is running on another tank so I could take the fillter and put it in that tank. That is skipping the actual cycling process though so I dunno if that would be worse for him or not. I have read that fish with popeye dont have to be isolated.

03-13-2009, 12:53 PM
There are a couple benefits from isolating a fish in a smaller "hospital" tank. One of the biggest being; the medications you're going to want to use to try to save your fish aren't exactly cheap. You don't have to use as much of it when treating in a smaller tank.

03-14-2009, 7:42 PM
It has now been 2 days and I have only added melafix and parasite clear by jungle and he is looking alot better. It is about half as swollen and cloudy as its was before :)

03-14-2009, 8:01 PM
It is probably because of the ammonia in the tank! The eyes and gills are the first to show signs of ammonia burns.

Also, a lot of EBJDs develop eye problems because of soft water, harder water helps prevent eye issues.

03-14-2009, 8:06 PM
Good, I am moving all my jds to a seperate tank which I wont be adding peat to so that should help too

03-14-2009, 8:08 PM
Do you really think it was the ammonia?? It was only .3 ( I know its bad but I didnt know it was serious

). BTW ammonia is now 0

03-14-2009, 8:09 PM
MY oscar got something like that it was sadly fatal.

03-14-2009, 8:32 PM
hop your jds make it

03-15-2009, 11:48 PM
Its only been 3 days and hes almost fully recovered. I highly reccomend melafix for popeye