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mritter 06-15-2008 05:51 PM

Does anyone have a picture of a fish suffering from pop-eye? I think my betta has this but I am not sure. It seems to be one eye only and it's not cloudy, so before I run out and get any medication, I want to make sure I am treating him for the right thing.


Lupin 06-15-2008 06:25 PM

Hi Monica,

Plenty of information is available here.

mritter 06-15-2008 08:46 PM

Thank you, this helps. Looks like he's developing pop-eye.

I have purchased maracyn-two which was the only choice at the petstore. I have done a 25% water change and I am currently having the filter with the filter cartridge running for the night and tomorrow morning I will remove the filter cartridge and treat the fish for the next 5 days with the marachyn two. Hopefully this will do the job.


iamntbatman 06-16-2008 02:04 AM

What sorts of decorations do you have in the tank? Are there any other fish in the tank?

The reason I ask is that one of my fish recently developed pop-eye in a single eye. After doing some research, I found that often a fish with pop-eye in just one eye has been injured rather than afflicted with a disease. Since I've got a few rocks in the tank and the fish in question has been vigorously chasing other fish away from her fry (not to mention I have good water parameters, a sign that the fish wasn't suffering from poor water quality related problems) led me to believe she was injured. I doubled the water change schedule and she's almost completely healed with no medication used.

I've personally never used Maracyn-Two, so I can't say as to whether or not it's a good idea to treat the fish without a diagnosis. Pop-eye is a symptom, not a disease, so we still need to diagnose the cause of the problem.

If there are sharp-edged decorations or other fish that might have injured the betta, you might want to remove those to prevent future injury.

mritter 06-16-2008 08:12 AM

The decorations in the tank are only 4 silk broad leaf plants and the aquarium gravel, so there is nothing sharp edged in the tank to hurt him and there are 3 cory catfish who have absolutely no interest in my betta and are non agressive.

He came from the pet store looking okay, but within 2 days in the tank his fins started to clump together and then started to rot, so I treated him for a fungus, which seemed to clear that problem up, but in the last two days his one eye started to pop out.

I've check the water and all shows good. The amonia leve is 0.5 and I am working on brining that back down to 0 so I will be doing water changes twice a week or more and telling my daughter to ease up on the feeding as she has a tendency to overfeed and not clean up the unused food.

Hopefully this will clear up the problem and work for me.

Thanks for all the help and advise.


okiemavis 06-16-2008 09:19 AM

Pop-eye is often a symptom of poor water quality. I'd work on taking care of the ammonia before you treat him with such a strong medication.

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