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Athens, PA

Last weekend, I noticed a white spot on the eye of the hi asagi - when I catch him from the top looking down so the eye is in profile, there appears to be a whitish film over the eye. He seems to be either blind or close to it on that side.

I googled koi and cataracts and apparently it is not as uncommon a situation as one would think. What I am wondering is what are the chances this guy will have cataracts on the other eye? I would hate for him to be totally blind.

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Deer Park, IL(Zone 5b)

Funny that you should post this. I was at a fishing place last weekend and they had more than one fish with the white eye look. They seemed to be fine but both fish stayed in one location that had a lot of rock ledges and safety. This tank is a massive one that is about 6 feet tall and has glass walls and holds game fish.

I wondered if this fish were in the wild I doubt they would have lived as long as they do in the human controlled tank.

Athens, PA


I have read that blind fish can survive very well in captivity. I am glad as I would hate for it to be a death sentence like it would be if the fish was out in the wild. I am just hoping the problem limits itself to the one eye.....

Lecanto, FL(Zone 9a)

Your probably talking about the eyeball. I have a fish that started with a spec of some kind of fungus at the eye, the skin that surrounds eye.
I call it mash potato eye, I got medicine from a very knowledgeable person and it didn't work. I worked on him for 3 weeks with Maroxy* . The others don't seam to be getting it. I'll be transferring them to the indoor tank tomorrow, and take a closer look. YUK

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Athens, PA

Wormfood -

let us know when you take him out of the water..... I am wondering too. Also, do you know how long it took to get to that point in your picture? The reason I ask is my fish's eye doesn't seem to be changing much and he seems to have adapted to limited or no vision in that eye....

Did the person that you recieved the medicine have a name for this ?

Lecanto, FL(Zone 9a)

A year, year and a half. He asked me if it looked like a cotton ball. I guess it does. He went right to the shelf, knew just what I was talking about. He said it's fungal.

Lecanto, FL(Zone 9a)

Looks more like cauliflower. But he's finding his food just fine and swimming well. I have them trained, when I tap 3 times on the edge of their pond they come up to see what I got for them.
I brought him in to apply the medicine again and some salt. Seems to enhance the action of the meds.

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Lecanto, FL(Zone 9a)

I had a bobwhite quail that was blind and all the other quail would get in his way when I went into the cage, and I don't know how they did it but he was up on the roost every night.

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