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Fish => Health => Topic started by: JohnsPeacocks on April 10, 2019, 03:55:31 AM

Title: Popeye !!
Post by: JohnsPeacocks on April 10, 2019, 03:55:31 AM
Wow.....I missed one water change. Went 14 days and I had two fish develop popeye.  I cleaned one of the filters with the usual 50% water change, and the fish are rapidly improving. The KH reading was 14, so I guess it was just water quality. I'll be back on weekly changes, with a 75% change. I do have 11 pretty large peacocks and haps in my 75G, but I run an FX6 and Eheim 160g, so there is plenty of filtration. That was a first !!
Title: Re: Popeye !!
Post by: Yanks15 on April 13, 2019, 12:55:07 PM
That is kinda odd. 14 days isn't really bad :no: Do they both have a problem with both eyes? Could it be that they got into a scuffle and hurt each other? And maybe the added days of uncleaned water effected them since they are used to very stable conditions? Just thinking out loud.........
Title: Re: Popeye !!
Post by: Kingston1 on April 15, 2019, 04:42:10 PM
14 days is usually not too bad to go without a WC.  I have missed a few before with no issues, but never more then 3weeks.  What was your Nitrate readings before? 
Glad that your Peacocks (yeck) are doing OK.
Title: Re: Popeye !!
Post by: waycool6 on April 23, 2019, 05:00:15 PM
Welcome back😉👍🏻
Title: Re: Popeye !!
Post by: JohnsPeacocks on April 27, 2019, 01:17:12 AM
Indeed I didn't think 14 days was that bad. I never checked the nitrate level. Both fish have fully recovered, but now I have a sulfer head that's not eating, and breathing hard. I saw some white stringy poop floating around !!   I haven't had an issue in 2 years so I guess I was due.  I have a Red Empress that harasses every other fish 24/7, so that might be the cause.  I just started the 7 day API General Cure, Epsom salts, and liquid garlic "food soak" remedy that has worked in the past.
Title: Re: Popeye !!
Post by: Kingston1 on April 27, 2019, 04:59:03 PM
I have a Red Empress that harasses every other fish 24/7, so that might be the cause.  I just started the 7 day API General Cure, Epsom salts, and liquid garlic "food soak" remedy that has worked in the past.

I always believe in fixing what I see first.  Looks like the Red Empress is one of the causes.

Good Luck
Title: Re: Popeye !!
Post by: JohnsPeacocks on April 28, 2019, 01:48:22 PM
I agree that the Red Empress is a problem, but I have found that whenever I remove a bully another one takes it's place.
I have re-homed many fish without solving the issue.
Title: Re: Popeye !!
Post by: JohnsPeacocks on April 28, 2019, 03:20:12 PM
I don't think its bloat because the fish does not have an extended stomach. In any event it must be some sort of internal parasite, so I'll continue the General Cure feeding for another 4-5 days. I'm on day 3 now.
Title: Re: Popeye !!
Post by: Kingston1 on April 28, 2019, 06:05:03 PM
I agree that the Red Empress is a problem, but I have found that whenever I remove a bully another one takes it's place.
I have re-homed many fish without solving the issue.

I agree.  Known issue with all male Peacock tanks.  Many Bullies in line and waiting. 
Wish you luck.
Title: Re: Popeye !!
Post by: JohnsPeacocks on April 29, 2019, 03:27:56 AM
Yes...it might make me switch over to mbuna !!!!   Ha ha......if I ever do I'll have to come back to the forum incognito... :11
Title: Re: Popeye !!
Post by: Kingston1 on April 29, 2019, 05:06:11 PM
LOL, us Mbuna keepers will be wait "JohnsMbuna". 
Title: Re: Popeye !!
Post by: JohnsPeacocks on April 29, 2019, 09:09:04 PM
LOL, us Mbuna keepers will be wait "JohnsMbuna".

It's more likely to be JohnsTropheus…. they are such cool fish....