2 Angelfish with cataract-like film/bubble on eyes

2 Angelfish with cataract-like film/bubble on eyes



1. Size of tank? 55 gallons

2. Water parametersa. Ammonia? 0b. Nitrite? 0c. Nitrate? 20d. pH, KH and GH? 6.0, 0, 30e. Test kit? API

3. Temperature? 73F

4. FW (fresh water) or BW (brackish)? FW

5. How long the aquarium has been set up? 4 months at this address, before that over a year

6. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are they? How long have you had them? Angels; Two; 1 medium, 1 large; had them for over a year they were about 1″ when we got them, now the biggest one is over 4″

7. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the inhabitants)? Yes

8. a. Any live plants? Fake plants? 1 live; 7 fakeb. Sand, gravel, barebottom? Gravelc. Rocks, woods, fancy decors? Any hollow decors? Currently no decor

9. a. Filtration? Penn plax cascade 700 canister filter with carbon and spongesb. Heater? 300w submersible (top fin pro)

10. a. Lighting schedule? 3 to 10 pmWhat lights are used? Led strip lightsb. Any sunlight exposure? How long? Yes, morning to mid afternoon sunlight

11. a. Water change schedule? every 2 weeksb. Volume of water changed? 25-33%c. Well water, tap water, RO water? Treated tap waterd. Water conditioner used? API stress zyme and stress coate. Frequency of gravel/sand (if any) vacuumed? Monthly

12. Foods? Tetra Pro CrispsHow often are they fed? Once daily

13. a. Any abnormal signs/symptoms?b. Appearance of poop? Normalc. Appearance of gills? Normal

14. a. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis?b. What meds were used? API super ich cure

15. Insert photos of fish in question and full tank shot if necessary.

Now that I have answered the questionnaire, meet Mothra and Fantasia. Mothra is the big one, yellow with a black face. Fantasia is smaller and is white and yellow with a lot of black patches. They are extremely loved and we are worried sick about them. Hopefully someone can help us!!

Here’s what happened: We had these 2 Angel’s along with about 14 assorted platies in our 55 gallon. Everybody was healthy and had always been healthy. All of the platies had been born in our tank and the Angels had been ours for over a year and had grown a LOT. We moved 4 months ago and everything was fine after the move until a couple weeks ago our heater went out. It was a weekend and every single store within a 50 mile radius was SOLD OUT of heaters of any size. I do not know how this could happen, but it did. All of the platies died before we could find a heater, the poor things. We bought a 300w top fin pro submersible heater from petsmart.com. Everything seemed to go back to normal, the tank spent about 24 hours getting from 69 to 78 degrees. Then less than a week later that heater started dropping the temp. It got to 76 and we did some troubleshooting and ended up buying some glass lids for the tank to try to keep the heat in. Before we could get them, the tank dropped to 73. After the lids were installed, the temp crept back up and got to 75, but never got any higher. We ordered a new heater which wont be here til Wednesday. The temp hovers at 73 to 74 at this point.

Now for the bigger problem: 4 days ago, we noticed a contact lens-like film over Mothra’s left eye and small white sand-like spots on both of their fins. We weren’t sure about the eye, but the other spots looked like ich. We ran out and got API super ich cure. We treated the tank as directed, and the eye issue improved and many of the spots disappeared from their fins. We were so relieved, but last night when we dosed the tank again (as directed) we noticed Mothra’s right eye was starting to look filmy and Fantasia’s right eye had a film/bubble on it.

What on earth is going on?? Could all this be because of the temp fluctuation? Are the eye issues from ich? Is it something else? How do we help them??

We really love these fish and want them to live many more years. Please help!!!

P.s. we also looked for a fish vet but there arent any anywhere near us.