First, the basics.
Current tank perimeters:
What size is your tank? 5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 82F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, power head (bio & mech)
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes, from water return churning in oxygen
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Three cory cats and myer's loach (bioload is high)
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Harkari/Omega One; she also steals food from bottom dwellers
How often do you feed your betta fish? Small amount, twice a day
How often do you perform a water change? Every 3-4 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 33% with gravel clean
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Betta conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Alkalinity: see PH
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Popeye, two weeks ago
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No change, she's active, eating
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Two weeks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? See below
Does your fish have any history of being ill? See below
How old is your fish (approximately)? One year old
Baby Blue came down with Popeye two weeks ago. Her right eye was affected, and her left eye looked iffy.
I did a 50% water change and started her on epsom salts and tetracycline.
After the course of tetracycline (I treated the whole tank because the loach also had reddish inflamation) and water changes to go with it, I removed all the tank's residents to a heated bucket, and did a major tank clean. In doing so, I removed about 3" of gravel from the tank and left a bare inch of it to anchor the plants.
Baby Blue slowly improved. Two days ago she was looking the best I'd seen her since the popeye began. Both eyes were small and clear looking.
Yesterday was the day before the scheduled 33% water change and gravel clean (in order to vaccumm all the gravel, 33% of the water is removed). This is done twice a week. I noticed that BB's right eye looked a little swollen and both eyes looked a little cloudy.
I immediately did the tank clean. Then, I mixed up a 1/2 bucket of temperture adjusted, conditioned water with a 1/4 cup aquarium salt, poured it into a floating container (clipped to the side of the tank), and put BB in it overnight.
Morning after update:
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BB's eyes look smaller and clearer the morning. I am heating up her new batch of salted water and will transfer her into the floating container in a few minutes. She ate two pellets this morning and seems to be her chipper self.
I still needs some answers/help, though....
- How long should I treat her (with the 1/2 gallon & 1/4 tsp solution), to clear the popeye once and for all?
- Should I make any adjustments to the solution?
- What can I do to further stimulate her immune system?
I love this fiesty fish and want her to heal completely.
It should be noted I am looking to reduce the bioload in the 5 gallon tank by moving the cori cats into a 29/30 gallon sorority tank eventually... but that set-up is still months (and a pile of money away)...