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Old 04-19-2011, 01:55 AM   #1 
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Exclamation Sunken-in eye

Hm, I just got a Betta today (Ryu) and something about it's eye is bothering me. One eye (left) looks more sunken in than the other, but its right eye looks normal, not popeye-ish at all. So...

Housing
What size is your tank? 3 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 79-ish
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? filter...
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? pellets/frozen bloodworms/frozen mysies shrmp
How often do you feed your betta fish? daily skip one day (but so far I've fed 3 pellets and 1 bloodworm so Ryu has a good appetite)

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? I plan on 2 50% a week (cycled tank)
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? probably 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? aquasafe conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? sunken in eye
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms? when I bought him/her
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? not sure, he/she looks to be between 1.5 and 2 inches.

(BTW, not sure if Ryu is a girl or juvenile PK)

But yeah, it's sort of bothering me. Here are some (huge) photos.

Pic 1: If you look REALLY carefully you can sort of see it
Pic 2: bad eye
pic 3: good eye
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:29 PM   #2 
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Umm... anyone?
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:38 PM   #3 
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Are you sure it isn't that his one eye just sticks out a little more than the other? He could have a minor case of popeye...I am not sure what the treatment for that is though unfortunately...
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:50 PM   #4 
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Then maybe it's popeye. I don't know if it really is popeye because one of his eyes looks normal when the other goes slightly into his head at the bottom.

But I'll do a pop eye treatment... can anyone tell me how to cure it? His eye isn't troubling him, just me. ME no likey ...
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:22 PM   #5 
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It doesn't look like Popeye IMO and I wouldn't treat for something unless I was sure what it was. It might just be a genetic thing. If he doesn't seem to be having trouble I wouldn't worry about it too much.
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:41 PM   #6 
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I agree with 1fish2fish.I wouldn't worry about it too much..but I would keep an eye on it though just in case...
My one guy Cleo has always had one eye slightly bigger than the other..he is almost 2 years old though and it doesn't seem to bug him.
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Old 04-19-2011, 10:04 PM   #7 
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Ah, okay. I guess I'll just watch him and see how it goes.
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Old 04-19-2011, 10:49 PM   #8 
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There's a natural way to treat using epsom salt :) It relieves pressure if popeye is the case. If not, no harm done, maybe just more poop than normal.
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