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I still have this fish, but it has not been easy. Apollo has some serious vision problems, and I made some huge mistakew with keeping him with other fish. Recently he went 2 months without eating anything. I used PG and added some feeders out of desperation. He came back to life, but is still a challenge. Here is a vid.

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Sorry to anyone who viewed the midas video instead of the oscar.
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UNC-CH replied the topic: Apollo

He's got some nice colors. It's too bad about his eyes. Was his vision always like that?
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UNC-CH wrote: He's got some nice colors. It's too bad about his eyes. Was his vision always like that?


He used to be able to zero in on food easily. He has become very nearsighted as time has gone on. He will rush up to a pellet now, then loose sight of it. If I drop in one at a time it seems to be easier for him. I think he can sort of see the pellets, and multiples just confuse him. I have tried sinking foods, and they just hit the bottom of the tank without him even noticing. I know it sounds strange, but I think the feeders saved him. He was sulking for about 8 weeks until I put them in there. He has no chance of catching them, but I think their activity gets him excited.
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I really should have posted about this a long time ago, but if anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear them. If I can get him to hand feed, he might have a chance. Here is a video that highlights the problem.

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JBare replied the topic: Re:Apollo

Poor guy, he's like me driving at night :blink:
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JBare wrote: Poor guy, he's like me driving at night :blink:


It is hard to watch, and I should have been asking questions all along, but I was a little embarrassed. Shame on me! :blink:
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daddadoo7 replied the topic: Re:Apollo

How did that happen ? Great looking though and he does he eat though right?
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UNC-CH replied the topic: Apollo

It looks like he's seeing double-vision or something like that. That would explain why multiple pellets confuse him. He can definitely see them from a distance. If you could find some way to get the pellet in the exact same spot every time, he'd probably get used to it and know where to go. I can't think of a way to do that though.

It is kind of strange that he would react to the feeders in that way, but I'm used to strange behavior with oscars and feeders. My o made a friend of a feeder and I decided to take him out after several months. He ate all 17 others but not that last one. I was worried my o would sulk when I took him out but I couldn't tell a bit of difference in has behavior.
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Goranothos replied the topic: Apollo

Have you tried holding a large pellet right in front of him with a pair of forceps or hemostats?

Are lutinos prone to vision problems?

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