New Fish Has Popeye

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by congotetra888, Jun 23, 2018.

  1. congotetra888Valued MemberMember

    Ive just bought a fish from the lfs with dropeye (he clearly wasn't going to be treated there and was alone)
    I thought I'd take a chance on him and try get him healthy again. Other than drop eye he seems perfectly fine, hes currently in quarantine
    Just a few questions, dropeye curable?
    2. Is it contagious?
    3. Will it be okay being added into the tank, will other fish be affected?
    4. Will dropeye kill him?
    I hope he makes a full recovery
    Thanks for any replies
  2. Demeter

    DemeterFishlore VIPMember

    What kind of fish is it and can you post a photo or two? Usually when the eye is droopy, as in it seems the fish is always looking down, it is due to extra fat behind the fish's eye. So no worries about it be contagious. More of a cosmetic problem than a life threatening one. I've seen youtube videos of people surgically fixing it in their prized fish like arowana but really it shouldn't impact the fish's life too much.
  3. OP

    congotetra888Valued MemberMember

    My mistake, I keep calling it dropeye, it's actually popeye, and Its a type of barb, think it's called a red sided barb
  4. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    Hi, I’ve corrected the title for you :)
  5. Demeter

    DemeterFishlore VIPMember

    Ok that changes things :p Popeye is usually caused be a fungal or bacterial infection, most often it seems to be due to either poor water quality, a minor injuring becoming infected, or a combination of both.

    Can you post a picture of the bad eye? If it isn't too bad I'd say try some epsom salt baths to reduce swelling. If it is cloudy and nasty looking then I'd move the fish to a quarantine tank/bucket (with a heater and air stone) and treat with a fungal med (most fungal meds will treat bacterial problems too).
  6. OP

    congotetra888Valued MemberMember

    He won't stay still enough for a picture, will it be contagious to my other fish? I will quarantine him and treat him but if it doesn't get noticeably better can he go back in? He seems healthy other than the eye problem and he's very active

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