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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.

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

Treatment:
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.


Resources:
Aquariums For Dummies by Maddy Hargrove and Mic Hargrove

Photos:
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