I also tend to start out with a good dose of salt and lots of clean water and good food before resorting to stronger meds. However, from what I have read, salt cannot be used in high enough concentrations with fresh water fish to kill the bacteria on a scale which would resolve popeye, but it will help her breathe. Just dont use it longer than ten days, and watch the concentration; salt does not deactivate or evaporate, so only add it with fresh water to avoid it building up too much. But, popeye can be treated. http://www.bettatalk.com/betta_diseases.htm (scroll down to the popeye section, but this is a great site for reference on betta disease in general). Good luck, I hope Lily recovers soon!
i wouldnt use aq salt to treat popeye, it might just irritate her, clean water, then medicated water as sooon as you can get it
edit: sorry i keep confusing you :/ the aq salt wont heal her, put her in it for a day just to "rinse everything off" and then put her in fresh water again until you get the medication. epsom salt will treat popeye, but it wont get rid of whatever caused it in the first place, popeye is a symptom, not a disease itself
Last edited by cjconcepcion; 07-26-2012 at 12:42 PM.
follow the directions on the package, i think it says to treat for 10 days, regardless if her eye goes back to normal within the first 2 or three, continue with the 10 day treatment just to make sure all the yuckies are out of her system. best of luck to you! keep us updated :)