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Lost Golfish Eyes

Q: Lost Golfish Eyes PetPlanet Vets PPAdmin pettalk@petplanet.co.uk I have four goldfish who all seemed healthy but suddenly two of them have lost their eyes, one has lost both eyes and the other has lost one. Thought one of the fish may be attacking them but I have not noticed anything. Could you tell me why this has happened and what I can do about it.
Yours sincerely,

A:Lost Golfish Eyes PetPlanet Vets PPAdmin pettalk@petplanet.co.uk Dear Jane,

I am sorry to hear about your goldfish having problems. It is difficult to say what has caused this without actually seeing them. The eyes of fish are very sensitive, especially if they protrude, as in some goldfish. Unfortunately it is possible that one of the fish has attacked their eyes, {fish will eat another fish if it dies}. It is most likely that there is some problem with the goldfish which has caused some damage to their head area and so attracted one of the other fish to this area, resulting in damage to their eyes.

There are various causes - "Popeye" {a condition where the eyes bulge out}, a fungal infection, mouth rot /fin rot, ulcer disease caused by bacteria }, slime disease, etc - all of which could affect the head area. Many of these are brought on by the water quality in the tank not being quite ideal.

It would be worth your while going to a good Aquarist shop near you and discussing your tank, cleaning arrangements, etc with them and see if you can improve things at all. Most of them are very helpful and knowledgeable. I'm afraid that the injured fish are probably past helping and would be in pain and very stressed after the damage to their eyes. They may be best put to sleep.

I am also worried that the remaining two fish may develop whatever the first two were suffering from, and you may lose all four of them. It would be worth trying to take one to an Aquarist shop and see if they can shed some light on the problem.

Sorry that I cannot be more specific Jane. I hope you manage to sort out whatever is going wrong. {Do not get any more fish until you have}.

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