Popeye Issue Question

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by Reefdweller, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. ReefdwellerValued MemberMember

    Peeps I have a problem... One of my African Cichlids has popeye? In all my years keeping fish I have never had this condition. I read back some on here based on a search for popeye but I really couldnt find a clear definition of what the best method is to fix him. I understand its fluid build up behind the eye, not so much a disease but a condition. I even read something about using epson salt once isolated? I really have no isolation tank at the moment but I am wondering what my options are. I do not see the condition with any of the rest of my fish. What is the best way to treat this? I also read where the condition comes from bad water but that cant be the case with mine. My water is great and all my levels are good, great filtration, good diets.. so I am stumped on what could cause this as well as how to move forward to fix the problem.

  2. soltarianknightFishlore VIPMember

    Id QT him for starters, for medicating purposes. Popeye normally happens in substandard water conditions, have you kept up on water changes and temps and the like?
    As for the fish, normally clean water and proper conditions fixes it. If that doesnt work then a Melafix treatment may work.
  3. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    When it's unilateral, popeye is often a result from an injury and is bacterial in nature
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2012
  4. psalm18.2Fishlore LegendMember

    I have successfully used API Triple Sulfa to treat popeye. The fish lived for months after treatment. I did treat in a QT tank.

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