Sick gourami - eye problem - please help

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Sick gourami - eye problem - now weird looking hair like gross worms!

Hi everyone,

About 5 days ago, I saw that one of my flaming dwarf gouramis had swelling and redness above the eye. So I separated him and fed him medicated food. His eye got better but yesterday he stopped eating the food (both normal and medicated) and the redness and swelling has returned with a vengeance. I have attached a photo.

pH: 6.6
Ammonia: 1 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 40 ppm

Tank mates: 1 flaming dwarf gourami, 3 tetras, 1 otto

I don't know why ammonia and nitrate is so high. I just changed water yesterday.

p.s. I have a 50 gallon tank almost ready to upgrade all my little fishies to. I really hope my little gourami lives to enjoy the new tank.

I have some medication ready at home. I would be really grateful for any advise on what to do next.

Thank you in advance!
 

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Well the best medication is large frequent water changes. I would definitely do a 30% water change every day.
 
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matt6765 said:
Well the best medication is large frequent water changes. I would definitely do a 30% water change every day.
Thank you. I'll try that. Fingers crossed!
 

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How long has your tank been up for? Is it fully cycled?
 
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matt6765 said:
How long has your tank been up for? Is it fully cycled?
It's been up for over 3 months now. I'm pretty certain it's fully cycled.

I have to admit that in my ignorance, I got the tetras before the tank had finished cycling. As soon as I realized that it hadn't cycled, I changed water every other day using prime until it was cycled. I hope my little fish isn't sick because of my stupidity :-[
 

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It's been up for over 3 months now. I'm pretty certain it's fully cycled.

I have to admit that in my ignorance, I got the tetras before the tank had finished cycling. As soon as I realized that it hadn't cycled, I changed water every other day using prime until it was cycled. I hope my little fish isn't sick because of my stupidity :-[
No don't say that. It might of injured its eye and it got infected. After 3 months your tank should have been cycled.... I wonder why there is ammonia. Again I think you should test the water daily and if anything gets high I would change your water.
 
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Thanks matt6765. I really appreciate your help x
 

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LICfish said:
Thanks matt6765. I really appreciate your help x
Anytime
 

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How is he doing?
 

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Actually what he has is called Popeye(yes like the cartoon). It seems to be quite common in the dwarf gouramis lately(at least in my area Milwaukee). I had a Flame and a Turquoise and both came from the same LFS but separate tanks and both had an issue and eventually died. Definitely quarantine and get some meds(they actually have quite a few for popeye). Hope you can remedy it before its too late.
 
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Thanks for asking. I actually lost him today. I tried everything. I had one other fish that had pop eye and it looked nothing like this one so I thought it was an injury I was quite upset.

And now I see these weird white worms in the tank. They have thicker head areas I guess and look really gross. I also see some weird white egg sacs. I don't know what to do! I'm not even sure where I should post on the forum to get advise on this.
 

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LICfish said:
Thanks for asking. I actually lost him today. I tried everything. I had one other fish that had pop eye and it looked nothing like this one so I thought it was an injury I was quite upset.

And now I see these weird white worms in the tank. They have thicker head areas I guess and look really gross. I also see some weird white egg sacs. I don't know what to do! I'm not even sure where I should post on the forum to get advise on this.
Oh I am sorry for your loss the little white worms are from what I think is bad water quality. I had them once in my tank but I got rid of them by changing the water 20% every week.
 
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Thanks matt.

My water wasn't so good earlier this week but I've kept up with the water changes and it's been 0 nitrite, 0 ammonia and 10 nitrate for a few days now. I plan to move my dwarf puffers to this tank after another water change. I have a feeling my puffers will try and eat the worms. Do you know if it'll harm my puffers?
 
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I think I found out what the worms are. I found a thread on another forum that identifies them as "spaz worms". It says dwarf puffers will eat them and they're harmless. I hope that's true.

If anyone could provide more info on these worms, I would be eternally grateful

The worms are hairlike. They're mostly transparent it seems except for what I assume is the head region. They don't stick to the walls but swim freely. By swim i mean kind of wiggly. And they're really creepy!
 

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If you stir up water do they come out? about how long are they?
 
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I'm not sure how long because they keep moving. I would say definitely not more than 1 centimeter.
 
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Oh and I just did a very thorough gravel vacuum and managed to get quite A LOT of them.
 

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Hmmm.... well do you see any on the fish? If not it they might not be bad and I would just vaccume or stir up the gravel. You might want to aks for other advice though because I do not know what they are.
 
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Thanks again Matt. I'll ask for more advise and see what else I can find.
 
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