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#1 Guest_CL1992_*

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 12:13 PM

I have a Grass Pickerel that has a single white spot on the outside of each eye. I haven't seen this before today. Has anyone seen anything like this before?

#2 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 06:43 PM

I'm really curious about this... but I don't understand... what do you mean "on the outside of each eye"? Do you mean like a cataract. on the eye itself? Can you get a picture?
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#3 Guest_CL1992_*

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 05:35 PM

Yes, a single white spot which looks like its on the outside of the eye. Looks like a single ick spot on the eye, no other spots anywhere. There are no other symptoms and the pickerel looks fine otherwise. I'll try to get a pic, but I'm not good with that stuff.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 05:55 PM

This is probably way off topic. Cattle can get pinkeye, that is bacterial in nature. It is spread by flies. Acutely it causes watery and inflamed eyes. It usually goes away untreated, but also usually leaves a white spot on the cornea from the ulceration. I could see a bacterial infection of the skin in fish leaving similar spots. I am going way out on a limb, I know, but it seems possible. Anyone know of such an illness.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 05:58 PM

Thank goodness for kids!!

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 06:53 PM

That is new to me, but looks just like I envisioned, like cattle pinkeye scars. Looks like a healthy pickerel. I am sure in a tank, that those spots don't bother it a bit. One like it may have a bit of a hard time in the wild.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 07:27 PM

I've seen that many times on tropicals. Bacterial it is. Normally responds to sulfa or furan based meds.

#8 Guest_CL1992_*

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 06:43 AM

Yes, he's otherwise healthy and it doesn't seem to bother him a bit. I'll try a sulfa med. Thanks!

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 09:37 AM

I don't want to speculate, but poor WQ can lead to such infections. On the other hand, if you ever notice it swimming close to the glass (such that it rubs each eye repeatedly) it could lead to an abrasion that could be a source for the infection. However you would likely see trauma to the rostrum as well so I doubt this is the case. Either way it should clear up nicely. Good looking fish!
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Posted 21 May 2014 - 06:14 PM

littlen is dead on. Meds are not a substitute for decent water quality.

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 02:34 PM

My water quality is good. Parameters are on target. He's in a 330 gallon tank with a sunfish and a few feeders...although they don't stay long. I'm guessing this growth hitched a ride with the store bought feeders.

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 10:23 PM

Unless the 330 is not cycled, and you know nothing about keeping fish, then I would have a hard time believing this happened on your watch.Unless it happened quite a bit back. Screwing up water quality in that sized tank is tough, unless you never do changes. Additionally you say your water is good. Unless someone who knows more than I(there are plenty} has a different opinion, I bet it is a scar, and is no longer a concern..

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 06:21 AM

The tank is cycled. Water quality is good. I don't do water changes but have a drip system putting in around 3/4 a gallon an hour. I keep the feeders in a separate 55 and put in a dozen or so at a time. I still wonder if they brought something into the tank. An injury seems odd since it's both eyes...but who knows. It looks like it's getting better now.

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 07:09 AM

I occasionally see something similar flare up with my fish if I am particularly lazy about doing water changes for awhile. It never seems to cause any problems so long as I do a large water change as soon as I notice it. Typically goes away in a day or two. Now, if you have a drip system, I don't know what might be going on. Feeders do seem a likely culprit though.

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