Blind clowns

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  1. LuckyFish

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    I have two female ocellaris, which are behaving strange. Both are usually very greedy eaters. That changed and it seemed to be they are kinda blind. Today I made the test and I can catch them without any fast movement with my hand.
    I had a similar fish, chromis female, which was trying to eat, but missed the food. The chromis swam into other fish, glass pane, etc. After a while he seemed to have his eye sight back.
    Is there anybody who came across something like that?
     
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    I had exactly the same thing years ago with a lunula bfly.
    It would swim into things and miss the food - eventually i ended up putting balls of frozen tubifex right in front of him and he would eat it - but never recovered sight.
    I always suspected it had something to do with the tapwater i use for top off, but it was only a guess.
     
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    I had that happen with high nitrates once?
     
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    i had this in a fresh water tank, after a heater malfunction.
     
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    Please explain the malfunction
     
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    thermostat malfunction, heated the water to 31 degrees for a few hours. Imagine my shock when i got home!
     
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    Did the fishes eyesight come back?

    I grounded my system, but I checked a few days ago the stray voltage, because the main tripped and I had almost 220 V in the system. The return pump was faulty and I replaced it.
     
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    fish soup
     
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    I had a few losses but the ones that survived lived long lives seemingly unaffected.
     
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    Did you come across such blindness?
     
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    Something strange is going on in my system. I started this thread about two females became blind.
    The tomato female died out of the blue. Many fish just do not eat or not eat as they use to.
    The greedy female, which I have from Proaquatix, stopped eating. I tried to catch her with my hand and it was easy. So after monitoring the fish for some time and touching her when ever I wanted to, I can say she is blind as well. So I checked the other juveniles which are not eating well. Their eyesight seems to be okay, but they breath a bit heavy and their gills look swollen and red.
    I tried to get some good pics, but fish just don't stand still.



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    That's the blind female. Her eyes look different compared to the others.

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    Any idea what's going or what should I do for treatment? They all swimming in one system.
     
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    Not 100 percent sure besides any water quality issues , I'd get two oceans to test a dead one for mycobacterium or fish tuberculosis
     
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    Or dissect one yourself and see of internal organs have any small white nodules
     
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    the gills look very inflammed like ammonia is present? how are water parameters? if not some sort of gill disease?
     
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    Ammonia I would exclude. Nitrate is 10. KH was a bit low, around 4 to 5. PH is 8.1
    Salinity 1025.
    I did something, which I never did before. I filled the system with NSW. I only use NSW, but usually I run it first through the UV before it enters the tank.I filled the system without the use of UV.
    It seems to me like an bacteria infection, infecting eyes and gills.
     
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    Hey sorry to hear about this and I hope you get to the bottom of it soon. Wishing you all well.
     
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    If the return pump was faulty and leaking electricity i would test for iron. Excess iron wil effect fish befor corals.

    Have had this many times before. But have not noticed the fish going blind. Normaly they die.
     
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    The funny part is, have a the fish is in top condition. I scratched in the garage and found a 30 Watts UV sterilizer. Maybe I should fit it in between the overflow pipe. Also I consider the use of Myxazin, but then I might run into the next problem with these high temperatures. Lack of oxygen!

    Where would I get an iron test from? Never heard about though.
     
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    wouldn't cuprisorb pull out excess iron?
     
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