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  1. It does seems like a lot of salt. I was like whoa! when I salted my tank.

    Since you're not sure it is popeye... can you tell if the eye is bulging?

    Dissolve the salt in some of the tank water before adding.

    Salting info:

    There's a link here to take you through salting, scroll down for directions.

    Make sure you use the right salt (no anticaking agents or YPS) Pickling salt is cheapest and dissolves easier, rock, kosher, sea are fine too.

    Start now with one level teaspoon per gallon of tank water which will take you to an immediate 0.1%. Make sure it is dissolved very well before adding. It should look like a shimmery cloud as it goes in. No particles of salt should be seen.

    Repeat the dosage tomorrow or 12 hours later to get you to 0.2%. You will need to add back salt you took out at water changes..and those w/cs are very important. 50% water change? Add back 1 teaspoon per gallon (0.1%) back etc.

    Try and add the salt to a well aerated area of the tank so it disperses most evenly and quickly.

  2. Sorry to hear about your fish. Do you have any aquarium salt on hand? Since it may be a while before you're able to get your hands on some medication, adding salt may help a bit in the meantime. My fish got pop eye and I was recommended to salt to 0.2% (1 tsp. of salt per gallon), raise the temperature, keep an eye on water params, and feed a medicated food. My fish's eye unfortunately never got better (there were other problems as well... but he's still alive...) and today I just read how pop eye isn't usually curable (some Animal Planet book about goldfish at the pet store)... Keeping my fingers crossed for Gilbert's recovery! Be sure to keep up those water changes! :)

    Some help I got when my fish got pop eye:

    The pop-eye and fluid behind the eye is more serious. It's really important you check your nitrites and ammonia have not had a sudden bump as these are known triggers for fluid build up and infection both viral and bacterial. Unfortunately fluid build up behind the eye is extremely difficult to treat -it is an area protected and closed off to normal vascular supply. Salting to 0.2% may help relieve osmotic pressure. Most important is to remove all stressors and feed the fish good quality variety of foods to build up its own natural ability to eliminate fluids and cope with stressors.

    There are very few proven drugs that can eliminate fluids from behind the eye. Epsom salts will work on body fluids but not behind the eye. Don't use any medication containing formalin as this will aggravate the condition. You can try waterborn antibiotics again if you like but as you discovered they will not work on fluid build up. I think the best chance you have to clear the cloudy eye and assist your fish in dealing with the fluid retention is with sustained perfect water, a good medicated food, salting to 0.2% and very slowly (1 degree an hour) bring up the temperature in the tank to 80 or 82 degrees.

  3. Thanks for the reply, Pixiefish! Yeah, I've felt horrible about exposing my fish to all those meds, thinking that soon they'll build up an immunity to everything. I recently did a thorough taking the filter apart and scrubbing all the yuck off and rinsing the media in tank water. I've made sure to do this regularly (once a week, since Trinket recommended this to keep bacteria levels down back then) but inbetween water changes. Also doing the regular gravel vacs and rinsing of tank ornaments. If there were parasites, Where in the world did they come from? It's been ages since I've last had live plants and I had dunked them in a light bleach solution and thoroughly rinsed them before putting them in the tank. Or do they lay dormant until the fish's immunity is weakened somehow?

    I'm really hoping to get a larger tank this summer! I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

  4. I've been dealing with my comet's cloudy/bulging eye for a while now (there are previous posts about this). It's been weeks! I've tried practically everything on the market (the last being the Medigold, which helped cure the blood spots and the fin rot) but his eye is still cloudy/bulging. Urgh. Might anyone of you have any further ideas what I can possibly do? Will the fluid retention ever go away? All I can say is that at least it hasn't gotten worse... but it certainly hasn't gotten any better. :krazy: I'm going crazzzzzy

    I guess I should answer these again...

    Ammonia Level? 0

    Nitrite Level? 0

    Nitrate level? 10

    Ph Level, (If possible,KH and GH and chloramines)? 7.4

    Ph Level out of the Tap? 7.4

    Tank size (How many Gals) and How long has it been running? 30 gal, over a year

    What is the name and size of the filter/s? Aquaclear (don't remember the model; it is the recommended 10X the tank amount though)

    How often do you change the water and how much? once a week, 30%

    How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 comets -- 4 inch and 7 inch

    What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime

    Any medications added to the tank? no

    Add any new fish to the tank? no

    What do you feed your fish? flakes -- Wardley, Omega One; occasional peas and shrimp

    Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt", bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? 7 inch's eye still cloudy and bulging

    Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, ect..? no

  5. I use a Nano Filter and a Stealth Visitherm 25 watt heater in a standard 5 gallon glass tank. I have a overhead halogen spot light from a track light and no hood.

    Seems to work pretty good.

    Where could I get a Nano Filter? I've been looking for a small filter with a minimal flow/current at the lfs for my 5 gallon betta tanks but haven't had any luck... of course that could be because i haven't looked hard enough... i should go look at the chainstores...

    I have some Aquaclear heaters. Excellent little heaters with an orange indicator light. The only thing I don't like is that there's no temperature listing... you'll have to slowly adjust the temp little by little, wait, adjust some more... Of course, once it's set, it shouldn't be any problem.

  6. Yes, that Medigold is some wonderful stuff! I had been growing more and more worried as the blood spots spread like crazy and one of his fins soon had a huge slit/hole in it :o but strangely that hole healed right back up within days of feeding the Medigold and the fin rot is over; all his fins are filling back in nicely. :) The only thing now is to get his cloudy eye better; it's still swollen and a little cloudy, not a whole lot of improvement on the eye. I'm keeping an eye on water params and doing regular water changes/filter rinses. I don't know what else I can do.. I would love if his eye would get better.

  7. I was impressed with the Medigold. The bleeding in the fins had been increasingly getting worse, but within four days of feeding the Medigold, the bloody spots were essentially gone. It's been several weeks and I'm still feeding the Medigold. Unfortunately, his eye is still cloudy and swollen. No more signs of it getting better. Any more ideas? Keep feeding the Medigold?

  8. I know what you mean. It's really hard to get a decent pic when they keep moving! LoL. It took me probably nearly a hundred shots before getting a decent pic of one of my fish before. Too many blurry shots... If there is an setting on your camera for action or something with a fast shutter speed, that may help if your fish doesn't really stay still.

  9. This morning I gave him the Medigold. He sucked a pellet up, then spit it out. Sucked up another one, spit it out. I was thinking, nooooo! Eat it eat it! Third time he kept it in his mouth. He had me worried there for a minute! I think I soaked a few too many pellets cuz he left some on the bottom of the tank and he usually doesn't leave any crumbs. I got rid of them with my baster. His fins still look bad and his eye is still swollen but I think the cloudiness may be lifting a bit. But he definitely has not been getting any worse. :)

  10. Nice pics! I've always liked your tank designs; I remember a while ago when you had posted your betta tank setups. Always so elegant! Now if only I could say the same about my tanks... which is exactly why I don't post pictures... LoL

  11. At one of my local fish stores, they float styrofoam peanuts in the water so the fiddler crabs can climb out of the water. There are always lots of the little guys lounging around on them. Also, I heard they are good climbers so make sure your lid is secure. What amuses me and kind of disgusts me at the same time is when I see the fiddler crabs sitting on the bottom of the tank with someone's old shell in their claws and eating it. Eww. Good calcium source, huh. LoL.

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