08-23-2010, 05:14 PM
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This condition may lead to blindness and loss of the affected eye(s). Pop-eye does not spread easily to other fish so unless you are medicating with a wide-spectrum antibiotic, there is not really a need to separate them. It cannot be treated unless you know the cause, of which there could be many. It could be excess gases in the blood caused by super-saturation in water from high-pressure mains. This is a condition much like the bends in divers. Are there any bubbles in the eye? Is the guppy acting like it is in distress or moving/swimming strangely? Is it acting nervous? If so, assume this is the problem, and lower the temperature as far as you can within reason to help increase the solubility of the gas (nitrogen) and cut off all aeration. Pop-eye could also occur in relation to infrequent water changes, dropsy, ich, bacterial infection, parasitic fungus, internal metabolic disorders, TB, or even a hormonal imbalance. Treatments with several different medications may be required before a cure is found; however, usually all you can do is hope that the pop-eye goes away.