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Old 05-26-2013, 12:22 AM   #1 
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Pop eye Help!!!

Hi guys my fish has had a swollen eye for a while now and I don't know how to treat it. I will attach a picture.



Housing
What size is your tank? 2.5
What temperature is your tank? 76
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega 3
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? 1- 50% and 1-100%
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime and Stress Coat



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Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Eye is really swollen and huge
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No he eats and acts happy
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Has had it for months
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Yes first started using Aquarium salt then switched to Epsom salt after the Aq salt didn't work
Does your fish have any history of being ill? He bits his fins
How old is your fish (approximately)? idk have had him about a year
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:49 AM   #2 
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Whoa! Poor baby. This is copied from the sticky on diseases for popeye: if salt alone does work use Epsom salt with API Tetracycline, API Fungus Cure, API General Cure, API Triple Sulfa OR Maradel's Maracyn.
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Old 05-26-2013, 11:27 AM   #3 
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which of those is better?
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:04 PM   #4 
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Epsom salt often helps resolve popeye. I would follow try it first, and follow OFL's Epsom salt treatment plan. It starts out with a dosage of approx 1 teaspoon Epsom salt per gal on the first day, then brings it up to 3 teaspoons per gallon over the course of several days. The entire treatment can be done for 10-14 days.

OFL's Epsom salt treatment:
  1. Add 3 teaspoons Epsom salt to one gal of conditioned water.
  2. Stir/shake until the Epsom salt is completely dissolved.
  3. Using this premixed treatment water, make 25% water changes every 15 min for 1 hour today.
  4. Tomorrow, do a 50% water change using this premixed treatment water.
  5. Then, every other day for 10-14 days, do a 50% water change using this premixed treatment water.

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Old 05-26-2013, 10:15 PM   #5 
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which of those is better?
I do not know. You might want to call API and ask them which they would recommend. They have a customer service line, which you can find if you go to their website.
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Old 05-27-2013, 03:04 PM   #6 
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I have done the Epsom salt but not at that dosage. Its worth a try. Im always scared of using medications
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Old 05-27-2013, 03:40 PM   #7 
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I had a fish recently with very scary pop-eye (she got an infection on her head and I think it caused both eyes to protrude). It basically cleared up on its own. I moved her into a small hospital tank, and then did 50% water changes every second day. I also added some IAL to the tank.

I have heard of epsom salt being good for pop-eye because it draws the fluids out.

Another of my fish with a swollen eye recovered after a couple weeks without any treatment. I just did a few more water changes than I normally would.

I would be hesitant to use medication to treat pop-eye. From what I have read and seen, a lot of fish heal up on their own with time, clean water and the Epsom salt.

Have you got any water parameters? Are you sure this is not a water quality issue?
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Old 05-28-2013, 03:43 AM   #8 
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Popeye is a sign of some other internal infection, not the problem itself. If you do not see improvement very quickly with the Epsoms, switch to medication. I use Maracyn. I am a little skeptical about whether Epsom salts actually treat the internal infection, not just the popeye symptom itself. I'm a noob though, so take my advice with a grain of salt. I always ere on the safe side and I'm not afraid to dose my fish when he's clearly sick. Fight fire with fire, I say!
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