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White Film over eyes?

Postby OscarTank55 » Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:34 pm

I have an Oscar that has a white film over both eyes. Could anyone tell me if he going blind or some type of alge??? If so could you tell me how I could treat it?? Thanks.
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Re: White Film over eyes?

Postby Tom » Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:56 pm

For us to be able to help we'll need some info from you.
Is your sig up to date, ie is it one of the 2 1/2" Os in a 55g?
If not, how big is the fish?
What size tank is it in?
What do you use for filtration (make and model)?
Does the fish have any tank mates?
Do you test your water for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates or PH?
How often do you change the water in the tank, and by how much when/if you do?
What do you feed the fish?
Is the fish active, still eating and pooing?
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Re: White Film over eyes?

Postby OscarTank55 » Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:25 pm

Idk how to update. lol.. But I still have the 55 gal tank, It has 2 Oscars in it. One Oscar is about 10 inches and the other (The one with the film on its eye) is about 8 inches. I just changed the water. I have its temperature set to about 76 degrees. I have two Aqua tech filters. The water reading are. Nitrate- 40, Nitrite- .5, Hardness- 75, Alkalinity- 40, pH- 6.8. based on Jungle Brand test strips. I feed them Goldfish Floating Pellets about twice a day. Its been awhile since I last changed the water. I say about 3 months was my last time. I hope that helps. lol.
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Re: White Film over eyes?

Postby katlin » Sat Jan 23, 2010 1:25 am

Ok hate to be a bubble burster but a 55g is only big enough for 1 oscar with high maintanence. With two oscars you would need to be doing an 80% water change every 48 hours minimum. Do you know your ammonia readings? You should have an ammonia reading of 0 and a nitrite reading of 0. Your nitrates should never go above 20.
You will need to either get a larger tank get another tank or rehome one of your oscars if you have any hope of getting your oscars health up. With one oscar in a 55g you need to do an 80% water change a week if not more it all depends on your nitrate readings.
As for now to keep your oscars healthy i suggest you get an ammonia reading. You also need to do a large water change every day say 80% to keep your water quality up enough for your oscars to benefit. But from what youve said it sounds like ammonia poisoning good water quality should help!
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Re: White Film over eyes?

Postby Tom » Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:35 pm

Here's what you need to do for starters.
Your fish have apparently been exposed to poor water quality for some time.
They are exhibiting signs of it, I suspect cloud eye at least.
The thing is you shouldn't change the water to being pristine all of a sudden, it could shock them.
To give them a chance, you are going to need to do 10% daily water changes until the nitrate level tests to between 10 and 20 ppm.
It doesn't matter what meds you treat them with if your water quality is poor.

For 1 adult O in a 55g tank, it takes a minimum of changing 50% of the water every week to keep your water quality where it should be.
Regular water changes coupled with filters that turn over the entire tank volume 10 times per hour (no matter what size tank the manufacturer says the filters are good for) are what we recommend to keep water conditions up.

You should provide each Oscar with 50 gallons to itself for 2 main reasons.
One being the need to have enough water to dilute it's waste.
The other is the physical space a fish that size needs to swim.
Os are usually territorial and a 4 foot tank is usually not sufficient.
The first reason is the biggest IMO.

For those reasons I recommend you re home one of the Os, or get at least a 100 gallon tank.
In the mean time, step up on the water maintenance, I suspect your fish will improve just based on that alone.
I'd also improve the diet, goldfish have completely different dietary requirements than Oscars.
High quality cichlid pellets are a big part of a healthy diet.
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Re: White Film over eyes?

Postby OscarTank55 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:01 am

Ok, I thank you all for the help and info. I'll give one of my O's a new home and work on getting keeping the water quality up. Thanks!!! :)
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