Thursday, 22 November 2012

Agggghhh My poor fish!

Original Popeye before his accident!

Well as you may know, I have a lovely little fish tank... well its not mine, it's Bubba Q's. I introduced all the fish a while ago on this post.

Well the black moors, Ben and Holly, one past away a few weeks after getting the tank, I'm not sure what was wrong, he never showed signs of being ill. It was sad. My tank then was showing signs of algae that I needed to deal with. I bought 2 loaches... Bubble and Trouble.

Here they are being introduced into the tank... after about 3 days of so, I could only see one of them - I can only assume that the other one died and the fish ate him!

Eye caught in the filter
Then I went back to the shop to get another Loach but instead came away with 2 new fish. One had one eye - so I named him Mendaville - after the paralympics mascot, because the Paralympics was just about to start, and he was in the shop and I felt sorry for him and rescued him. The other was a Bubble Eye fish - beautiful he was, two big fat cheeks and I thought I might call him Cleo after the goldfish in Pinocchio, but I wasn't certain as the name didn't quite suit him!

Well a few weeks after having him, I came down to find him laying by the filter and I thought he was dead! Turns out he'd got an eye sac caught in the bottom of the filter, but he was still alive!!! I felt so bad... I know I didnt do anything wrong, he just swam too close, but the daft thing had got himself in a pickle and I felt I needed to do everything I could to help him survive. I turned off the filter and used the net (you use to take the fish out of the tank) to give him a little nudge and he broke free. His eye hanging and all bruised. So I went to the shop and bought some medicine for open wounds, removed the carbon from the filter (as this filters out medicene and other impurities) and I dosed the tank for about 6 days - his eye fell off and looked clean underneath - on day 7 I was ready to do a victory dance and pop the carbon back in the filter and hope that he was cured, but it wasn't so simple....

Eye bruised after being caught in filter.

Sac almost gone. Eye hanging on by a thread.

His eye fell off!
The day he got his eye caught, I moved some of the rocks in the tank, under the filter so he couldn't swim under it again. However on day 6 of dosing the tank and him living through his losing his eye sac and then his eye actually falling off - I thought we were over the worst... I came down to find him caught in the side of the filter...WITH HIS OTHER EYE!!!! I thought he must be dead, but no he was still alive. When I got him out this time, the sac was still complete, his eye looked like it was moved out of the socket, but not bruised or cloudy as if he was blind, so I can only assume he has limited vision now. The following day I saw his sac had deflated. I put the carbon back in the tank and decided I could not medicate the whole tank again for 7 days and I didn't want to move him out of the tank and stress him further. So after a water change and a little revitlaiser, I left him to it. In that day he has lost his other eye sac, he then looked like a regular goldfish with one eye that's a bit dodgy.  I renamed him Popeye!!!
After he caught his secind eye in the filter!

People have asked if I should put him out of his misery, but to be honest if he's happy in my tank, even blind, still eating and finding food, he I have held some flakes for him and he's eaten them. I've seen him scavenge. I have put treats in the tank, he found them. I have also put live/frozen food in the tank, he's eaten that too - so I will try my best for him, give him the best diet and hope he survives. I don't mind one bit that he needs a little TLC and extra care. As long as he is happy.

It's been about 4 weeks now since he got caught up - here is a picture of him, he has survived and is doing well. His eye sacs are growing back. The eye he is left with has a nice big sac grown back and a little sack on the other side where his eye used to be. I'm so happy he survived.

Unfortunately since starting to write this post a while ago we lost the remaining one of the Blackmoors. This is sad, but I am glad pop eye survived. I feel I helped him survive, making sure he found food etc. I really hope he stays away from the filter from now on!

Does anyone else have stresses like this with poorly pets?


  1. Theres something in your tank thats making your fish ill. It made pop-eye so weak that he stuck to the filter - a normally strong fish would NEVER get stuck, so my first thought is to get some professional advise, a bit extreme I know, but pop-eye is cute, he needs saving. The only case I have ever had with fish sticking to filters is when they have fin rot. So if you've not already, treat your tank for disease. Fingers Crossed!!!

    1. Thanks Nicola, I had my tank tested at the time, it's fine. And the tank was medicated for 7 days after to combat any infection that might take hold, so they were all treated in case anyway. But the problme with the bubble eye fish is his eye sacs are so very big and they don't have a fin on their ack, they are a man-made fish and are poor swimmers, so I think he lost his balance. His eye sacs on both sides are grown back now, but the side without an eye is smaller than the one with an eye, but he's very happy and healthy now. xxx