|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|
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!|
|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?