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Ghost15 08-22-2010 06:59 PM

guppy with pop-eye
so i have a guppy with pop-eye and i dont know what to do to get rid of it.. if even possible... any thing will help

kitten_penang 08-23-2010 05:14 PM


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.

Bronwen 05-16-2012 11:51 PM

One of my little guppies developed pop-eye while we were out of town. She is in a hospital tank now getting treated with Melafix. She is swimming around and eating like a champ. Is there anything else I can do for her? I moved her from the main tank so I didn't have to treat everyone but I'd prefer for her to be in with the other fish... The main tank has good water quality and everyone else is healthy and happy.

kitten_penang 05-17-2012 03:10 PM

you can put her back in if you want to if she is showing signs of stress in the qt but i wouldn't want to dose the main tank if no one else is will prove stressful to the rest of the fishes.
so it's better to medicate her there in the qt

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