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My black moor Pistachio's tail is looking very ragged, and several weeks ago I began to notice that one eye was larger than the other. I upped my water change amounts but the condition has not improved. Today upon close inspection I can see some sort of small bubble on his pupil. Time for meds? I have melafix on hand, would that be worth trying? And if so, should I treat the whole tank just to be safe or separate him? If melafix is not the way to go, what should I do instead? Sorry for all the questions, just want to help my baby!

Here are my stats and such

Test Results for the Following:

  • Ammonia Level: 0ppm
  • Nitrite Level: 0ppm
  • Nitrate level: 0-5ppm

Other Required Info:

  • Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?
    API drops
  • Water temperature?

  • Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?
    29gallon, ~1 year

  • What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?
    Penguin Biowheel 350
    also a small sponge filter

  • How often do you change the water and how much?
    25-30% weekly
  • How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?
    2 days, ~50% (larger change due to concerns about his eye)
  • How many fish in the tank and their size?
    1 fantail and 1 black moor, bodies ~2-3 inches long

  • What kind of water additives or conditioners?

  • What do you feed your fish and how often?
    Omega One small pellets, 2-3 times daily
    Supplemental veggies ~once a week

  • Any new fish added to the tank?

  • Any medications added to the tank?

  • List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.
    One round of Prazi about 6 months ago

  • Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?
    frayed/ragged fins, bulging eye with small bubble in it
  • Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?
    I catch the black moor resting on the bottom sometimes, but as soon as he sees me he gets right back up. No change in appetite. Oh and this might not be relevent, but he and my female fantail spawned for the first time last week, he has since been chasing after her more often than usual (although this doesnt seem to phase her at all)

I have a picture I can try to add as well if needed

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