How to Prevent and Treat Popeye in Betta Fish: 10 Steps

Fish Pop-eye in itself is not a disease but is more a symptom of an underlying infection
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Because popeye is caused by a bacterial infection, your betta may need antibiotic treatment to recover from the illness. Your veterinarian will ask you questions about your fish's habitat and determine whether the popeye is a result of a bacterial infection in the eye or a more serious underlying medical condition. Because it is often difficult to find a qualified fish veterinarian, you may need to try treating the infection yourself. Administer an antibiotic treatment directly to the water, carefully following the package instructions.
May 24, 2008 - Popeye in Bettas. Popeye -- also called exophthalmia -- causes pressure behind the eyeballs, making a fish's eyes protrude. Clean Water. Maintaining clean water helps prevent popeye in betta fish. Stable Temperatures. A Safe Environment. Treatment for Popeye. Betta Care.
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About 10 days ago I noticed that my Betta fish had Popeye. I started doing daily 25% water changes and Epsom salt baths. When he didn't get better within a few days, I continued his treatment with API Tetracycline. By the 3rd day his eye had gone considerably down and he had also eaten a little bit. I finished the recommended 4-day course of treatment and dosed for an an extra day just to be on the safe side. I then added some carbon into my filter to clear out the aquarium. The next day however, my Betta was refusing food again and was very lethargic. I also noticed that though his eye has healed from the Popeye infection, it's turned almost completely white and I think he might be blind in that eye now. Fish Pop-eye (Exophthalmia) - Symptoms, Causes and Treatment.
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Betta With Pop Eye 12/24/05 Hello: A week and a halfago our Betta showed the first signs of Popeye. At the store I was toldto use Melafix, but the problem just got worse. Now we are tryingMaracyn Two in combination with Aquarium Salt and Cycle. We moved thefish into a hospital tank and changed the water every other day. Thefish seems friskier and is eating again, but the eye conditiondidn't improve. Today is day four of Maracyn treatment; my questionis for how long should I keep it on Maracyn and, eventually, what othermedication would you recommend? Thanks for your help! Roxanne B. Hello. I am a longtime owner of betta fish, yet I don’t know what to do for one of them. I just bought him from Petco a couple days ago, and now it looks like he has popeye! But he is in a betta bowl not a huge aquarium and so all the fish treatments seem to be measured for 10 gallon aquariums only! Are there drops I can use for a betta bowl? Or should I just make sure his water is super clean & wait and see? Help!