Pygmy Cory’s Eye is Hanging on by a a Thread. Do I Remove it? (With Pics)

Megaanemp

Tank
What is the water volume of the tank? 30 gallon
How long has the tank been running? ~5 months
Does it have a filter? Yes (mini sump)
Does it have a heater? Yes
What is the water temperature? 76F
What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.)

Maintenance
How often do you change the water? Once a week
How much of the water do you change? 50%
What do you use to treat your water? Prime, equilibrium
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water?both

*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? Yes
What do you use to test the water? API test kit
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 10 ppm
pH: 7.0

Feeding
How often do you feed your fish? 1-2 small meals 5-6 days a week
How much do you feed your fish? small amounts
What brand of food do you feed your fish? Many
Do you feed frozen? Yes
Do you feed freeze-dried foods?no

Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish? ~ 6 months
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? 3 days ago 1 day after the injury
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms? Popeye due to injury, eye is now rotting and hanging off.
Have you started any treatment for the illness? No just been keeping water clean
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? No
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? Not much

Explain your emergency situation in detail.
(Please give a clear explanation of what is going on, include details from the beginning of the illness leading up to now)

Hello all,

I could really use some help!


About 4 days ago I accidentally siphoned up a Pygmy Cory. A day later his eye started to swell.

Yesterday it looked not to bad. However, this morning the eye is hanging on by a thread and looks to be rotting.

I think I may need to cut it off. What would be the best way to do that?

I’m thinking sterile scissors. I don’t think I can safley anesthetize him because he is so small. However, he is not skittish and cannot see out of the eye in question so I think I can sneak up in him.

Considering he is a cory what is the best way to provide after care? I live in Canada so have no access to antibiotics. I do have aquarium salt epsom salt and malachite green.

The tissue under the eye looks to be infected in some areas though a small margin around the edge actually looks to be scaring over and healing.


Advice is greatly appreciated!
 

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MacZ

I do have aquarium salt epsom salt and malachite green.
Not a good idea with an open wound.

Sadly, I think it's best to put the little guy down. I doubt it will make it, as a good chunk of the head is basically missing and when (there is no "if" in this case) it gets inflamed it is over very quickly.
 

Megaanemp

Not a good idea with an open wound.

Sadly, I think it's best to put the little guy down. I doubt it will make it, as a good chunk of the head is basically missing and when (there is no "if" in this case) it gets inflamed it is over very quickly.
Thanks for the reply!

The pic does make it look as though parts are also missing but I don’t think anything actually is.
I know I may have to euthanize him, the only thing stopping me is the fact that he doesn’t seem to bothered by all this.
 

MacZ

Fish try to hide even fatal wounds and diseases until the end. It's an amazing survival feat, even if the fish is done for.
 

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