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"I have a 30 gallon tank with 4 fish in it; 3 are smaller varieties of cichlids and one started life as a feeder goldfish ('won' at a fair 5-6 years ago). The goldfish was definitely too big for the tank and I was trying to find a home for it when it suffered a minor injury to its snout. I added the treatment suggested for fin and skin repair. My fish get regular partial H2O changes, Tropical fish flake food, plus krill and blood-worms for roughage and variety. I add appropriate bacteria to the tank with complete changes and after any treatments that might reduce their number, I replace salts with complete changes and use the recommended starter solutions; I never use chlorinated H2O. Well what happened was horrifying: a small white tuft started growing where the injury was, so I treated for a fungal infection as recommended... it seemed to work. Then a week, or so later, all was well when I went to bed, but when I fed them in the a.m., I was shocked to see that both of the 'goldfishs' eyes had exploded! They were GONE! and the white tufty material was behind and again sprouting from its snout! I have separated it and no other fish seem affected (completely emptied the tank, sterilized, added all new materials, and shock treated the fish for fungi) and I realize it's too late to save the fish, but I'd like to try ... other than being blind and tufty, it is behaving normally and eating well; in fact, it never showed the least oddness in its behavior. I'd appreciate any advice ... sorry for the gross story."

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