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What is wrong with my Blue Ram
March 15, 2014
12:27 am
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BJplusMilo21
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Hello, 

 

I bought a blue ram about a week ago and in that time he has had a bulging eye. However,  my water has zero ammonia, 10ppm nitrate,  low GH and Kh,  and ph is around 7. 

 

So can anyone please explain what is happening to my Blue ram? 

March 17, 2014
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Sounds like it could be either physical injury or some form of infection. Eye infections in fish usually happen when the water quality is poor. So if your fish is still having problems I would suggest you do a water change and add some salt (without iodine) to your tank, about a teaspoon per ten litres. This will not cure any infection, though.

March 17, 2014
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If it is not resolved by the above, and if this is the only affected fish, I would suggest Seachem's KannaPlex.

http://www.seachem.com/Product.....aPlex.html

I used this successfully.  Best in a hospital tank with just this fish in it.  Follow instructions on the label; if memory serves me, it is a three-dose treatment on days 1, 3 and 5 or similar.

 

Be careful with salt, as soft water fish are sensitive to this and it can add more stress.  If it does the job, fine; do another water change to get rid of most of it.

 

Byron.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA Vancouver, BC Canada
March 19, 2014
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Byron Hosking said

Be careful with salt, as soft water fish are sensitive to this and it can add more stress.  If it does the job, fine; do another water change to get rid of most of it.

Actually I would have to say that this is a pretty common misconception. Soft water fish are not more sensitive to sodium chloride than other freshwater fish. Even a lot of the most extreme soft water fish (like Bettas and such) will breed and raise their fry with sodium chloride added to the water. Not saying that you should add it just for the sake of it, but still. 

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