02-06-2012, 06:55 AM
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I believe that pop-eye is usually caused by a bacterial infection so I'm not sure how well the parasite meds will work on that. The paraguard is basically the same as quickcure, it contains malachite green and aldehydes (I'm guessing formalin). This all could have started with parasites, but visibly red streaking (blood) is also a sign of septecemia also a bacterial infection. I think I'd put him in quarantine and start dosing with Maracyn and Maracyn 2 (antibiotics that are safe to use together) as this sounds like it is a quite advanced infection. Can you post a picture. If the fish isn't panting and doesn't have any visible parasites, then I'd hold off on the parasite meds at first. If it is panting and sitting on the bottom, or hanging at the filter outlet, or has swollen or mucosy gills on both sides then I'd probably use all of it together (the antibiotics and the paraguard). Someone else may have a better recommendation on the antibiotics for pop-eye and sceptecemia.