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  1. Update: The white stuff is gone today, and it seems that the eye is significantly less popped and starting to clear up just a tiny bit. The white stuff didn't look as if it was coming out of the eye itself, but below the eye I guess kinda between the eye and eye socket for lack of a better way to describe it? Adding the final dose of meds in tonight, then its 24 more hours of darkness until I do a WC tomorrow to get rid of the meds and replace the epsom unti Thursday when he goes salt free.
  2. The image from tonight's update? It shows up just fine on my computer but I can post a link if that would help.
  3. Update: After a couple days in total darkness for the meds, here is what we currently have: Anyone know what that white stuff might be below his popped eye? Perhaps infection coming out? He ate two pieces of his food tonight, and I'm about to add the meds in for the night and see if there is anything else going on tomorrow when I peep in on him. His head doens't seem to be as swolen, I could see at times where it looked like a few of the scales on his head, particularly the side with the popped eye, were poking out. Never on his body or any further back than his gills. I'm glad to see that has gone away.
  4. ...empty one packet directly into aquarium. Repeat dose after 24 hours. Wait another 24 hours then change 25% of the aquarium water. Repeat this treatment for a second time, for a total of 4 doses. Then make a final 25% water change and add fresh activated carbon or replace the filter cartridge. Treatment may be repeated, if necessary. What I get from that, begninning with yesterday as the first step Yesterday: add dosage of meds Tonight: add dosage of meds Tomorrow: 25% water change Saturday: add dosage of meds Sunday: add dosage of meds Monday: 25% water change and replace filter cart Since I don't have a filter in this tank right now, can I do a 100$ WC Monday and see if I need to repeat? The 19th was the first day of the ES treatment, so ten days of that will be Thursday the 29th. I figure another 100% WC on Thursday to get rid of the ES, and I'll put in regular water with light aquarium salt for preventative. Please correct my train of thought if it has gone off track.
  5. Update: Gave the dose of meds tonight, and offered him food. He had some interested in it and nibbled a little but didn't eat it. I left it in just in case, since it's only one piece I don't see any harm in leaving in there until tomorrow and removing it when I do the 25% WC per the tetracycline directions. Question, do I add meds in tomorrow after the 25% or wait until Saturday night? The package directions are somewhat vague. I do have some pics taken with my good camera, they will give you a better look at what is going on with him. Here is the good eye. Checking out the piece of food. We call it kibble. Full on popeye side. Swimming downward a bit. Facing the camera. Thoughts on the pics are welcome. At least tonight he was active and seemed happy to be out of the dark for a little while as I checked him out and talked to him before medicating the tank and covering him back up.
  6. I covered the tank not long after I turned the light out to make sure it's dark in there since the room lights are on (but not all that bright at the moment). I'll update tomorrow when I peep in on him, do the tetracycline addition, and see if he wants food.
  7. Thanks for the response on that! I have just turned his light off and told the hubs to leave it off as long as he is getting medicated.
  8. Oooh! Is tetracycline light reactive? Should I keep the lights off? I don't remember. Thanks!
  9. Let's try through Photobucket. I clicked the FB pics and selected get link, but there might be some privacy settings that aren't letting it work. Tetracycline is in, I used the test tubes from my liquid master test kit to divide the 10 gallon treatment packet out into four equal parts (each tube treats 2-1/2 gallons) and will be following the package directions for the next few days. I have the ES back in there as well. He didn't eat tonight, but I'm not really concerned since he ate so much last night. He was swimming around a bit during the water change, and now he's lounging near his favorite plant. Fingers crossed this helps! If not my next shot will be Maracyn and Maracyn 2 combo.
  10. Tonight I returned the expired Maracyn Plus and picked up the tetracycline. We checked the date on the remaining Maracyn Plus they had in stock and they pulled it because those dates were December 2014. I double checked the date on the tetracycline before even walking to the front to check out, it's good until 2016. Kiara, I wondered myself why do daily water changes with Epsom Salt. It's not being pulled out of the water, and it doesn't seem like the water would go south if doing every other day changes at 100%. Plus, most of the meds require a longer time in between water changes so IDK. :/ About to do my 100% water change to get rid of the Maracyn Plus and add the tetracycline with the Epsom salts. I took a pic the night before last with my cell phone, and I'll poke the links up here for you. IDK if they will work since they are facebook URLs, but if not I can crack open the ol' photobucket. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152729708659075&l=8d1857a01f https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152729708629075&l=6d482e9aec
  11. I remember the protocol, I was a very active member on these forums a few years ago and was a mod for a while as well. This is why I tried to give as informative of an OP as I could with very clear, concise questions (or at least I thought so). Thanks for nothing except helping me realize my meds are expired, and I guess I will continue my search for assistance with this topic using other resources. Have a great night.
  12. Jared, Very low as in not showing on the dip strips or not making enough of a change to measure. LFS tested tap and tank water from my 30 gallon tropical for me and parameters were fine. I plan on returning the Maracyn Plus as mentioned in my post above, and asked about dosage for tetracycline since it was a highly recommended med by the fish guy at the store, but he couldn't tell me dosage because he keeps large tropical tanks. I do not need a diagnosis because I already have one since it's quite obviously popeye. I opened the thread for questions about meds with Epsom salts and water change frequency while using the two in tandem. I have posted all the tank information, jsut browse through the posts themselves. I obviously do not have a cycled filter on the tank because I am doing 100% weekly water changes on a normal basis. With popeye being a water quality problem (this I already knew as well) I will be stepping that up a notch or two, but for now my focus is getting Buster to feeling better. I have kept fish of various types for years, and believe me this isn't my first sick fishie. It's been four or five years since I have had a betta and I just don't remember the information I used to know by heart when I was more active with goldies and betta tanks. I'm not trying to attack you or seem like I'm going on the uber defensive, but you are asking me newbie questions and I have already given the relavent information in previous posts.
  13. So the fish store had tetracycline in powder, when I take the Maracyn Plus back tomorrow does anyone know the dosage for that? I believe it was in pouches, and each pouch did 10 gallons. The reason I went with Maracyn plus was it's wide spectrum and liquid, so easier to dose with a graduated syringe. :/
  14. I got my Epsom salt info here: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=80198 The bottle of Maracyn Plus I have expired 08/14/14, and I just bought it yesterday! The store had a shelf full, so I guess they didn't know. I'll be sure to tell them about it, and quite possibly return this bottle. I didn't even think to look for that before I purchased it. Update: Tonight while I had him in a cup while I did the water change he ate for me, and he took four pellets of his Omega One Betta Buffet. That made me happy, since I haven't seen him eat in 48 hours. I put the Maracyn Plus in at label directions of 1ml/gallon and the Epsom Salts back at the 2 tsp/gallon. As far as the requested water quality info, since I'm doing 100% daily water changes none of the tank values will apply. From the tap my Ammonia, Nitrates, and Nitrites are very low (dip strips ATM, gotta get another liquid test kit) and my pH is running around 6.5. Buster is the only fish in the three gallon tank, and it was getting weekly 100% water changes until this happened on Saturday night, now it has been daily. I have an in-tank heater and the water stays around 74°F. I have had him for about four months now if I recall correctly with no problems until now.
  15. I'm using Jungle Start Right, and usually a little shot of Prime. Still waiting on tonight's WC because I'm not sure of the Maracyn Plus dosing. :/ Internet searches turn up nothing, so I guess I'll just go by label directions and see what happens.
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