Help! White Spot on Haplotaxodon trifasciatus' eye

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Help! White Spot on Haplotaxodon trifasciatus' eye

Post by rebnik » Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:12 pm

Hi all,

I have a Haplotaxodon trifasciatus for more than 1 year, very strong and grew from about 2inches to around 5inches. However since yesterday I found a white spot on its left eye - this is not the normal scratch but more like a small bump over the external iris (not sure if this is the right term), you can refer to the below pictures. I had such an experience with a peacock that finally the eyeball seemed rotted and got blind. :(

Now my treatment is to raise the tank's temperature from around 77F to 84F and increase more ciclid salts. Overall I'm quite pessimistic about the situation with my past experiences, just to see if you have such a case and got your fish cured.

Thanks,
Leon
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Re: Help! White Spot on Haplotaxodon trifasciatus' eye

Post by rebnik » Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:36 am

Some data:
Tank size = around 80 gallon
PH (during treatment) = 7.8
Nitrite (NO2, during treatment) = 0ppm
Nitrate (NO3, during treatment) = 40ppm

I also did 2 times water changes, the first time 20%, the second time 40% to reduce the Nitrate.

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Re: Help! White Spot on Haplotaxodon trifasciatus' eye

Post by mshuangchao » Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:58 pm

The pathogen is most likely bacterial, I have had success using a small amounts of sea salt, but you'd have to be very careful with that stuff... You could adding a UV sterilizer, continue doing frequent but small WCs and slightly upping the temps... Overall, the damage is mostly superficial, if treatment goes well, you can expect full recovery.
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Re: Help! White Spot on Haplotaxodon trifasciatus' eye

Post by sidguppy » Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:26 pm

this is a minor infection, often caused by bumping or scraping into a rock or so

these fish have large fragile eyes.
are there rough rocks in there? best use smooth stones, like river stones.
or maybe agressive or territorial species?

I second the addition of a wee bit of marine salt. often does the trick.
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