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Old 06-15-2010, 05:01 PM   #1 
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Pop-Eye

My betta has Pop Eye. I do not really know how he got it.
Is it easy to care for and what steps do I need to take in order to avoid him getting it again?

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Old 06-15-2010, 05:20 PM   #2 
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Most common cause is from poor water quality and very rare cases of nitrogen supersaturation, nutritional deficiencies, injury or tumor.
Often popeye can be the first sign of a bacterial infection and soon the symptom of dropsy may show up.

A natural treatment is Epsom salt 1tsp/gal along with 100% daily water changes for 10 days.
Then maintaining quality water with frequent water changes.
The epsom salt can help with symptoms by decreasing edema/swelling and the antibacterial/fungal properties, however, if no improvement within 5-7 days or he starts to get worse you may want to add a broad spectrum antibiotic, I don't use OTC medication so I can't advise on uses.
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Thank you very much!
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:25 PM   #4 
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Would regular aquarium salts be ok to use on a betta?
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:35 PM   #5 
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I've successfully treated pop-eye with Jungle Fungus Clear for 5 days. However your tank is much too small to use any OTC medication. I believe your tank is .5 gallons and most OTC meds are for uses in 10 gallons (I use 1/2 the dose in a 5 gallon hospital tank).
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Old 06-15-2010, 08:05 PM   #6 
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I am going to get a new and larger tank tomorrow. I will start the treatment for pop eye then.
Thank you very much.
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