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Old 9th August 2006   #1
fiona
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Both my t. granulosas seem to have developed one cloudy eye each, on the same side, which is a little weird. My male, Mick's, is a little more pronounced than Gemma's, but they both definitely show one eye sort of clouded over...almost like a cataract you'd see in a mammal. Does anybody have any ideas about this? I can't recall seeing this happen to any of my newts before. They both seem fine otherwise...eating, swimming, hanging out. I'd appreciate any input. Has anyone else seen this?



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Old 9th August 2006   #2
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shedding maybe??



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Old 9th August 2006   #3
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This is usually related to water quality or an infection. What are your water parameters?



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Old 9th August 2006   #4
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Mick has just shed...I'm not sure about Gemma. As for the water, I haven't tested it, but I haven't for a long time, as the tank is well-established, and I do a partial water change every fortnight. Maybe I should do a change weekly? I never really have, unless circumstance has dictated that I put newts into a not-quite-cycled tank. Joan, what sort of infection might it be? Is it treatable? Like I said, I've never had a newt have this, so I feel a little lost.



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Old 9th August 2006   #5
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Sorry to post again right away, but I have just done a fairly big water change, and now my filter has crapped out. I'm wondering if it has been doing a substandard job for awhile now, thus causing water quality to plummet?? Any thoughts? I'm going to get a new filter right away, and do some more frequent, smaller water changes & see if that does anything for the eyes. I'm pretty sure it isn't nutritionally related, because they have a varied diet of mostly earthworms, bloodworm and sometimes a waxworm. Any further input would always be welcome.



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Old 11th August 2006   #6
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Fresh, clean water is the best medicine for so many things. Please get yourself another water test kit, even if you only use it when you suspect something is up with your pets. Sometimes, their lives depend on it.
Take care,
Mary.



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