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I noticed one of my anthias in qt had popeye today. She’s already gone through 14 days of 2.5 copper power and 14 days of medicated food (gc, focus, vita, selcon and garlic) she is on the 4th day in separate qt dosed with gc! I believe it’s an injury so I’m going to start with epsom salt dosed at 1 tbsp per 5 gallon, if it doesn’t get better I’ll do a 100% wc and begin Erythromycin treatment! Any input is appreciated.
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It looks like just the one eye is involved, correct? When you see discrete air bubbles in one eye, you’re right, that is usually due to mechanical trauma. However, you will want to absolutely rule out supersaturation: check for air leaks at the suction side of any pumps, and ensure that all water returns break the surface tension. Don’t dose with erythromycin, there isn’t any indication of bacterial infection, and that will impair your biofilter. This is pretty severe, ultimately, the eye is probably going to rupture.

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It looks like just the one eye is involved, correct? When you see discrete air bubbles in one eye, you’re right, that is usually due to mechanical trauma. However, you will want to absolutely rule out supersaturation: check for air leaks at the suction side of any pumps, and ensure that all water returns break the surface tension. Don’t dose with erythromycin, there isn’t any indication of bacterial infection, and that will impair your biofilter. This is pretty severe, ultimately, the eye is probably going to rupture.

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Thank you, and yes it’s just the one eye! Can you “dumb it down” and explain in detail when you say ensure all water pumps break the surface tension. I don’t understand how this would cause Popeye! Thank you in advance
 

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I just treated one of mine with espon salt. Dosed it once then 4days later again. Problem solved.
 

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Mine got it two weeks ago and I just let her be. It’s almost back to normal. If cloudy, melafix will help the eye
 

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Thank you, and yes it’s just the one eye! Can you “dumb it down” and explain in detail when you say ensure all water pumps break the surface tension. I don’t understand how this would cause Popeye! Thank you in advance
So - if there is a slight air leak on it he suction side of a pump, air is injected into the water under pressure. It then comes out of solution in the fish’s capillaries, causing air bubbles. By returning water from the pump by breaking the surface and making bubbles, it drives off the dissolved gasses like shaking a can of soda. Like I said though, that almost always causes Popeye in both eyes.

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So - if there is a slight air leak on it he suction side of a pump, air is injected into the water under pressure. It then comes out of solution in the fish’s capillaries, causing air bubbles. By returning water from the pump by breaking the surface and making bubbles, it drives off the dissolved gasses like shaking a can of soda. Like I said though, that almost always causes Popeye in both eyes.

Jay
Thank you, I understand now!
 

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If the fish is large enough and you can find a small enough needle, I'm fairly certain i've read of technique where you treat popeye by first inserting a needle into the eye socket, and drain the fluid that way!
 

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