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Dalmation Mollie With Eye Infection
February 29, 2008
9:47 pm
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Ross
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Hey again.

I promise im going to stop annoying everyone with these problems.

Does anyone know what this is around the mollies eye???? We have 2 mollies and this is the only infected 1.

Do you think that a bacterial treatment would help? also its in with a black ghost which i think can be sensetive to medications (so ive heard anyway but dont remember where)

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March 1, 2008
8:48 am
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Hi Ross,
The Black Ghost may be the problem .I've heard of them taking eyes out of fish that are a bit big for swallowing but it may just be an infection . Swelling of both eyes can be an indicator of failing water quality .
Hows it looking !
All the best,
G.John

March 1, 2008
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We had just done a big water change to combat the 6.4 PH problem and added some white gravel and some crushed sea shells. All where washed well, before we put them in. All the fish in the tank seem to have elavated breathing but only slightly. i could do another water change but i didnt think it was good to do to many to quickly.

Its been 2 days since i did a 50% water change and scrubbed the tank and cleaned the filter.

Also the eye is still in place but the poor thing just cant see out of it because of the white stuff.

March 1, 2008
10:53 am
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QUOTE(Ross @ Mar 1 2008, 08:45 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
We had just done a big water change to combat the 6.4 PH problem and added some white gravel and some crushed sea shells. All where washed well, before we put them in. All the fish in the tank seem to have elavated breathing but only slightly. i could do another water change but i didnt think it was good to do to many to quickly.

Its been 2 days since i did a 50% water change and scrubbed the tank and cleaned the filter.

Also the eye is still in place but the poor thing just cant see out of it because of the white stuff.


Raising your pH and cleaning your filter and tank may have got rid of your nitrifying bacteria giving you a build up of ammonia ! new gravel also .
Dont go feeding to much or introducing any more fish ,have you an Ammonia / nitrate testing kit would be worth doing a test.
all the best,
G.John

March 1, 2008
2:25 pm
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Hey Ross, sorry about your molly. That condition is usually referred to as "pop eye" and is usually caused by a drop in water quality, injury or a bacterial infection. It's not a disease in itself as such. The eye is swelling as there is a build-up of fluid behind it. Not pleasant.

I'd treat the molly in a separate tank with a good anti-bacterial treatment and make sure you maintain highy water quality. To be honest the black ghost knifefish and that yellow Malawian cichlid I can see in the background of one of your pics are not really suitable tankmates for mollies either. You might wish to consider re-arranging your communities a little.

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March 16, 2008
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Im afraid we lost both mollies the following morning from the last post. They mustnt have been able to survive without each other /dry.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="<_ <" border="0" alt="dry.gif"> all the other fish appear to be ok though.

there are :-

1 Black Ghost Knife Fish
2 Milawi Cichlids
2 Cichlids with a Blue body and Orange fins
7 Angel Fish
2 Corydorus Sterbai
2 L0 - something or other sucker fish
4 Tiger Barbs
all in a 206l tank.

Ross and Ruth

March 16, 2008
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I don't mean to be rude or anything guys, but you're mixing fish that really shouldn't be kept together. Those Malawi cichlids you have really need hard, alkaline water conditions and a vegetable-based diet if they're to reach their full potential. You're mixing those with angelfish which ideally should be kept in soft, acidic water and be fed a more protein-rich diet. Total opposites. Personally I'd advise you to return those cichlids to the shop and swap them for something more suitable. As I think we've mentioned elsewhere, the knife fish is also an unsuitable long-term occupant of that tank and community. Sorry but I feel quite strongly about this sort of stuff.

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March 16, 2008
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Black Ghosts are gorgeous when they're small but they get absolutely huge.

I would be inclined to agree with Matt - take the Malawis and the BGK back to the shop. They're projects that can be looked in to at a later date - African setups are commonplace and particularly rewarding, but they really shouldn't be mixed with community fishes.

March 16, 2008
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I think we are going to try and ask if the LFS will take the fish but it has changed owners recently and so im not to sure if they will /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

Hopefully though.

We are also thinking about moving the angels and other soft fish to the other tank with the smaller fish.

although im not sure its big enough. We are going to try and rearrange all the tanks and see what we come up with.

Tomorrow i will ask about swapping the fish at the LFS

Dont worry we dont mind being told off.
Ive had fish for 1 year prior to coming to norway but they were just tetras and guppies and such.

We have so much to learn ...................

I was just thinking before, would it be possible to setup some kind of disease knowledge base.

Its so hard to find out what to do and what it is off the net. you get so many different answers.

March 16, 2008
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Heheh we're not telling you off, you daft bugger /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> We're just really keen to get new fishkeepers keeping fish the "right" way - making sure they fishes are in the right water conditions and that they have enough space to really thrive. It's nothing but beneficial to you anyway as fish are always at their most interesting when they're happy!

My first fish were goldfish and despite everyone telling me they'd get too big etc I just decided to go for it. I was actually working as a "fish-catcher" in the aquatics department of the garden centre at that time and as I started to learn more, I realised goldfish weren't what I wanted. Ended up getting some Guppies etc and keeping those for a while before I moved on to keeping my daemon. It's all a learning curve but everything boils down to - if I get this fish, will it be happy? Will these African cichlids cope in my soft water? If the answer is "hmm :s" or "no" then it certainly isn't a viable long-term solution.. imo /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

The disease knowledge base is indeed a wise idea and one that we have contemplated a few times. We're still finishing what we have at the moment (profiles, articles, blog posts, etc) and it looks like they won't be finished for a few months yet. When they're done though, there are a few more features on the cards /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

March 16, 2008
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Hey Ross, yes that's a very good suggestion and definitely something that's in the pipeline. As I'm the only person writing content for the site at the moment it might take a bit of time to get sorted though.

As Dunc said, we're not scolding you hahaha! We genuinely care about the welfare of your fish and will always give an honest opinion be it good or bad. Good husbandry of any animal in captivity is all about education. You certainly seem to have the right attitude as you're willing to ask questions and most importantly, learn. /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" />

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