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Old 09-06-2013, 11:12 PM   #11 
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Definitely do a water change to get the salt out.
Nah, just buy some cheap standard epsom salt from a pharmacy or walmart. It should be pure magnesium sulfate and non-scented.
Alright, thank you so much.

If you're still here, should I do a 100% water change, or just a partial. I'm preparing for a 100%, but it would be far less stressful for both of us if I didn't need to. Thanks again for the help.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:16 PM   #12 
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You can do 2-3 50% changes and that should get the salt levels down far enough to not have an effect on him. Then, tomorrow before adding the epsom salt do a 75% change to make sure all the AQ salt is gone.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:20 PM   #13 
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Alright, working on that right now. You're a lifesaver.

I'll do a 50% water change right now, then make certain that the temp of the water stabilizes at around 86, and do another change, and then one more.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:22 PM   #14 
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+1 on everything that 10asartin wrote.

Aquarium salt causes fluid retention. You don't want to use this, since his eye is swollen already. I would do the partial waters change to remove it, as 10asartin recommended.

Melafix won't help. (Controversy aside, it's not effective for either ich or popeye.)

Epsom salt will reduce the fluid buildup in the eye. I would add this at a dosage of 1 teaspoon Epsom salt per gallon of tank water.

If the Epsom salt isn't effective for the popeye within a few days, then the combination of Maracyn/Maracyn 2 would be my next recommendation.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:22 PM   #15 
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Awesome, if you need anymore help just let me know!
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:46 PM   #16 
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I will, thank you both for all your help. I've been so stressed about this, I've been getting chest pains again.

Now, this isn't very pressing, but will a 75% be enough tomorrow? I'm assuming some Ich have fallen of him so I figured that a 100% would be necessary. Though I'm not complaining, I hate having to move him out, and he hates having to go.
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I think he could handle a 100% if that is what you would like to do, but I don't think it is necessary, a 75% should do the trick.
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Old 09-07-2013, 12:15 AM   #18 
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I can't thank you enough. I should be doing the second 50% change relatively soon.

I feel so dumb for making things worse. Especially with that Melafix. I was told it would work well to cure him, and I listened. I hope my Betta doesn't suffer for this...
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Old 09-07-2013, 12:24 AM   #19 
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Don't worry too much, we all make mistakes. I think he will be fine in the long run, especially since you are able to correct the treatment quickly.
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Old 09-07-2013, 01:14 AM   #20 
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During the water change, I noticed that the temp in the tank dropped by two degrees to 84.

Does that mean that all of the Ich has reproduced? I think one of my thermometers was off and I put in some water that was a bit colder than I planned...
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