Cloudy eye in a betta

CPTropicalAquatics

Tank
What is the water volume of the tank? - 10 gallons
How long has the tank been running? - 3 weeks
Does it have a filter? - yes
Does it have a heater? - yes
What is the water temperature? - 78F
What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.) - one male betta

Maintenance
How often do you change the water? - once a week
How much of the water do you change? - 20 percent
What do you use to treat your water? - I don't treat it. I get treated tap water from my LFS.
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? - Both.

*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? - Fish in cycle. Doing it properly
What do you use to test the water? - API Master test kit.
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 10 ppm
pH: 7

Feeding
How often do you feed your fish?- Every day
How much do you feed your fish? - 2-3 betta pellets
What brand of food do you feed your fish? Aqueon.
Do you feed frozen? - occasionally.
Do you feed freeze-dried foods? - no

Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish? - One week.
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? - 12 hours ago.
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms? - One eye is cloudy, the other looks fine.
Have you started any treatment for the illness? - No.
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? - No.
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? - Not at all.

Explain your emergency situation in detail. (Please give a clear explanation of what is going on, include details from the beginning of the illness leading up to now)

It all began last night, when I went to turn his light off, I noticed he had one cloudy eye. The other one was perfectly fine though. I have no idea what it is. I also don't know how it could've happened. If anyone knows, that would be greatly appreciated.
Tank
What is the water volume of the tank? - 10 gallons
How long has the tank been running? - 3 weeks
Does it have a filter? - yes
Does it have a heater? - yes
What is the water temperature? - 78F
What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.) - one male betta

Maintenance
How often do you change the water? - once a week
How much of the water do you change? - 20 percent
What do you use to treat your water? - I don't treat it. I get treated tap water from my LFS.
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? - Both.

*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? - Fish in cycle. Doing it properly
What do you use to test the water? - API Master test kit.
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 10 ppm
pH: 7

Feeding
How often do you feed your fish?- Every day
How much do you feed your fish? - 2-3 betta pellets
What brand of food do you feed your fish? Aqueon.
Do you feed frozen? - occasionally.
Do you feed freeze-dried foods? - no

Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish? - One week.
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? - 12 hours ago.
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms? - One eye is cloudy, the other looks fine.
Have you started any treatment for the illness? - No.
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? - No.
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? - Not at all.

Explain your emergency situation in detail. (Please give a clear explanation of what is going on, include details from the beginning of the illness leading up to now)

It all began last night, when I went to turn his light off, I noticed he had one cloudy eye. The other one was perfectly fine though. I have no idea what it is. I also don't know how it could've happened. If anyone knows, that would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Rose of Sharon

Hi,

That looks like cloudy eye, and it is probably a result from doing an fish-in cycle. Bettas can be genetically fragile, so even if you are doing everything right, he still might be a little susceptible to certain irritants. It is easily treatable.

You can treat it by adding aquarium salt to your tank. Please follow the recommneded dosing instructions on the aquarium salt package. Do not use aquarium salt for more than 12 to 14 days in a row. When you do water changes, make sure that you only add the amount of salt back that you took out. In other words, do dose again at the full amount if you have not taken out 100% of the salt that you first put into the tank. Aquarium salt only goes away by doing water changes.

If you see his eye begin to swell, then you can give him epsom salt baths for that. You would use epsom salts with no additives or scents. (one tablespoon per gallon) You can use tank water for this bath, and you would leave him in for 15 to 20 minutes.

Hope this helps!
 
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Annabanana728

pretty betta! i agree with the person above, salt should heal him
 
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CPTropicalAquatics

Hi,

That looks like cloudy eye, and it is probably a result from doing an fish-in cycle. Bettas can be genetically fragile, so even if you are doing everything right, he still might be a little susceptible to certain irritants. It is easily treatable.

You can treat it by adding aquarium salt to your tank. Please follow the recommneded dosing instructions on the aquarium salt package. Do not use aquarium salt for more than 12 to 14 days in a row. When you do water changes, make sure that you only add the amount of salt back that you took out. In other words, do dose again at the full amount if you have not taken out 100% of the salt that you first put into the tank. Aquarium salt only goes away by doing water changes.

If you see his eye begin to swell, then you can give him epsom salt baths for that. You would use epsom salts with no additives or scents. (one tablespoon per gallon) You can use tank water for this bath, and you would leave him in for 15 to 20 minutes.

Hope this helps!
Thank you so much. I have some aquarium salt. I will never do a fish in cycle with a betta ever again lol. Again thank you so much for the help.
pretty betta! i agree with the person above, salt should heal him
Thank you so much!
Hi,

That looks like cloudy eye, and it is probably a result from doing an fish-in cycle. Bettas can be genetically fragile, so even if you are doing everything right, he still might be a little susceptible to certain irritants. It is easily treatable.

You can treat it by adding aquarium salt to your tank. Please follow the recommneded dosing instructions on the aquarium salt package. Do not use aquarium salt for more than 12 to 14 days in a row. When you do water changes, make sure that you only add the amount of salt back that you took out. In other words, do dose again at the full amount if you have not taken out 100% of the salt that you first put into the tank. Aquarium salt only goes away by doing water changes.

If you see his eye begin to swell, then you can give him epsom salt baths for that. You would use epsom salts with no additives or scents. (one tablespoon per gallon) You can use tank water for this bath, and you would leave him in for 15 to 20 minutes.

Hope this helps!
Quick question, so when I do a water change, let’s say a 20%, I add the same amount of salt as I added in the beginning?
 
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Rose of Sharon

Thank you so much. I have some aquarium salt. I will never do a fish in cycle with a betta ever again lol. Again thank you so much for the help.

Thank you so much!

Quick question, so when I do a water change, let’s say a 20%, I add the same amount of salt as I added in the beginning?
No, you would add 20% of the amount of salt that you added at the beginning because you are only removing 20% of what you originally put in.
 
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CPTropicalAquatics

No, you would add 20% of the amount of salt that you added at the beginning because you are only removing 20% of what you originally put in.
Alright, thanks! I'm already noticing a difference. Eye is a lot less cloudy in literally just one day.
 
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