I bought a 46 gallon bow front tank on the 4th of July. I have an emperor 400 filter with dual biowheels. It is a freshwater community tank and I just bought several livebearers. I have like 7 fake plants to provide hiding places and a little hidey hole until I purchase a center piece.
Ph is 7.0 and the water has aged for 3 days and has been treated with aquarium salt, bacteria enhancer, dechlorinator, and stress coat. I dont have an air pump yet, simply because my filter is so powerful that it seems to create sufficient air bubbles.
Tonight, I put substrate and the fake plants I mentioned and went and bought some starter fish. I bought three guppies, three lyretail mollies, and a albino cory catfish.
I have to confess, and I am afraid you'll think I am a fish endangerer, I turned the bag over to let the fish out (after letting them acclimate properly of course) and my female guppy--who is black--blended in with the black text on the bag and was let in the bag for maybe thirty seconds or less. As soon as I realized my fish count was one short. I was horrified and she was quickly placed in the tank and I have been watching her like a hawk. I feel just awful. One of her eyes seems bigger than the other. I didn't notice at the pet store because I had just asked the clerk to pick a female for me (the tank looked healthy when I had checked before deciding on a female guppy).
I have had bettas and know they can get popeye. Guppies can too, right? Is it one eye or both? I am not sure and am afraid to move her to a quarantine tank after her already traumatic experience. Is pop eye contagious? I don't want to endanger my other fish.
Thanks everyone for reading. I am learning so much!