The right eye is pop-eyed. The left
eye does look a bit strange - that is
because the 2 eyes are different colors.
This is quite common in fish.
In the view to the left you can see the eyes
are starting to bulge or pop-eye along with
showing signs of dropsy.
This picture shows the side view of what
is really going on with the fish. You
can see blood and all though the scales are
raised it is harder to see in from this view
of the fish. This fish did also have flukes
and were treated 2 weeks ago. I am of
the opinion that the area you are seeing now
is from the flukes and not the costia.
Quite frequently fish will die from costia
with no appearance of anything being wrong
with the fish.
Costia can usually, but not always, be
detected by spider webbing or veining.
Naturally you can not see this on a dark
colored fish. In this case I was able
to readily see it on the white under belly
of this fish.
Prognosis is not real
good on this fish. Dropsy is very hard to
cure even for the experienced. What is
happening on the inside of the fish is that
the kidneys have stopped functioning.
Fluid is building up in the body. As
this happens the pressure from the fluid
causes the body to expand and the scales to
stick out. The head does not enlarge
because of the bone structure in the head.
But in all cases the eyes pop or greatly
I have started injections of Baytril. The tank is
being treated with Potassium Permanganate today January 26 2003. If the fish
survives, I will post pictures here in the near future.
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