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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Does My Fish Have Pop Eye?

Just like the name states, Pop eye is a protruding eye from the socket. The eye might also appear inflamed or have a whitish haze over the eye.

If your fish looks like the fish pictured on the right, then most likely your fish is suffering from pop eye.

Pop eye can be caused by a parasite or by poor water conditions.

There isn't a treatment that you can buy in the store to treat pop eye but there are things that you can do to treat it:

- Check your water parameters (i.e: ph, ammonia, nitrites, nitrates). If the water parameters are out of whack, it is time to clean the aquarium. By keeping the water clean, you will help improve the pop eye conditions.

- It can also be helpful to add 1 tablespoon of aquarium salt per 5 gallons.

Note: DO NOT use salt if you have scaleless fish; the salt may harm the fish.

Preventative Measures:
- It always helps to keep your aquarium clean by doing regularly scheduled cleanings. Keeping your aquarium clean can help prevent disease and will keep your fish healthy.

Aquariums For Dummies by Maddy Hargrove and Mic Hargrove

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