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Re: Disease of Rams

In a message dated 2/9/2001 7:53:19 AM Central Standard Time,
sales_info@pacific.net.ph writes:

I have this condition wherein my ram will have its eyes swell as if it will
pop out and the they become grapping for air and their color begins to
darken.  After a few days in this condition the ram dies!  I would like to
know what could be causing this and what is this condition?  How could this
be treated if there is a treatment?

This is actually a natural death, observed when rams approach 15+ months.  
Rams are virtually annuals in their native environment, pools which dry out
annually.  In the tank, they will typically die of old age around 18 months.  
By the time a male develops good color, this fish is typically 9 months old.  
By the way, such fish are usually past prime spawning age.  Full color fish,
1.25" long + tail, are usually 12+ months.