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Old 04-27-2004, 09:56 PM   #1
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Understanding/Diagnosing Popeye

I need help. I have a 30 gallon established tank with two damsels and one Coral Beauty. The other day I noticed that my Coral Beauty had one bulging eye with a small white patch on it. I am assuming that this is Popeye. I also have a protein skimmer that injects small air bubbles back into the tank. I have read that this can cause Popeye, but the two other fish are fine, and it only affects the Coral Beauty in the one eye.

I am assuming that this was caused by bacterial or physical injury to the fish. I have turned off the air feed to theprotein skimmer for now, remoeved the carbon filter from my BioWheel 170, and have started to medicate with Melafix.

I am starting to lose faith in my ability to maintain this tank. I have never had issues like this before. I feel like I am investing large amounts of money on filters, proteins skimmers and medication and I am losing the battle. Any thoughts or support would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time

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Old 04-29-2004, 09:13 PM   #2
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I guess this is the NON Advice Forum . . . oh well . . .

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Old 04-30-2004, 12:18 PM   #3
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If its 1 eye, most likely an injury. True Popeye would effect both. You can try adding 1 tbs of ebson salt per 10 gallons and see it this will help, redosing every 2-3 days. This is one thing that you can add to your main. If that doesn't help, then you would need to move the fish to a qt tank for antibiotic treatment.
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I would only suggest using that dosage if in a QT. If in the main tank, I would only use one tspn per 10 gal (1 tbsn/50gal). It will drive your Mg up to high and then you will end up with chem problems with the alk/Ca as well. Do not move the fish if in the main though, it will just cause further damage.

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I had the same thing with a niger trigger I had purchased about 1-1/2 weeks ago. It got to be totally cloudy and really puffy. The fish was also scratching in the sand a couple times a day.

I just took a wait and see menatlity for 4 days. By late the fourth day it started clearing. Now looks normal. Don't know if yours is the same or how long it's had it.

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