I woke up this morning and my boyfriend told me he thinks one of Prince's eyes has a "white spot" above it. I looked at the fish and noticed what he was concerned about, but personally I don't think it's anything. Fish eyes protrude slightly on their own. However, he's very concerned and so I started looking up how to check for and treat popeye.
I know it would be easier if I had pictures, and I am trying to find my camera to take some.. it's packed away somewhere.
Down to the treatment: Would it hurt to treat Prince with Epsom Salts? I read you want to get the water temp up to around 86.. but his heater doesn't go beyond 78 (turns itself off). Not sure how important that is to this treatment.
Prince is a new fish, we got him from Wal-mart. He has had a rough ride since we saved him from his little cup of a home. Before we got him into his cozy 5 gallon, he was in one of those small betta cubes that was maybe only 2 liters, and divided. While out shopping for new homes, our cat managed to find and flip the container, spilling the fish onto the carpet. No idea how long left on the carpet, but Prince survived, Valentine did not. He had a light film on him for the following two days, with only treatment of Stress Coat, but the film went away (we figured it was his natural coating that had been disturbed/dirtied). He's been in his new home for 2 days now, and we are doing daily water changes, as he is being cycled with the tank. Since it's a new set-up tank, it's readings weren't much of note. Nitrite/Nitrate = 0, Ammonia = 0.25-0.50, pH = 7.6+ (could have been higher as I did the regular pH test, not High pH). Those were the readings BEFORE we changed the water last night, and we did a ~20-25% water change. He is active and seeming fine. He likes to rub on the heater and his silk plant every once in a while. There are 3 other plastic plants in the aquarium which he doesn't care for.
Anyway, I'll try to get that camera and take a couple pics of him if I can.. I googled fish popeye and those were some pretty extreme looking eyes. His definately doesn't look anything like that, but who knows, it could be the start of something.