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Yes, he will need to be quarantined and treated with epsom. 1/4th tsp per 40 litres. You can even buy a cheap food-safe/sterile plastic tub for him as a quarantine tank if that makes it easier. 20-40 litres would be ideal. Since you won't have a filter, you will need to really closely monitor the parameters and be doing daily water changes around 50-80%. Remember to add back the epsom you remove.

That eye swelling should start to reduce within a couple days, but keep an eye on it and if you can, and get closer pictures of the eye itself.

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Yes, he will need to be quarantined and treated with epsom. 1/4th tsp per 40 litres. You can even buy a cheap food-safe/sterile plastic tub for him as a quarantine tank if that makes it easier. 20-40 litres would be ideal. Since you won't have a filter, you will need to really closely monitor the parameters and be doing daily water changes around 50-80%. Remember to add back the epsom you remove.

That eye swelling should start to reduce within a couple days, but keep an eye on it and if you can, and get closer pictures of the eye itself.

Also, double dose prime. The tap ammonia is 1 ppm. :yikes

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In filterless quarantine you will need a conditioner that neutralises ammonia if you have it present in your tap water. It also provides a safe-guard for any ammonia building up in the tank between water changes. One dose of prime will neutralise up to 1ppm of ammonia, and you'll find it's more cost-effective than most other conditioners. Prime or amquel plus are both good options that will neutralise a certain amount of NH3

As for the Epsom, remember to dissolve it fully in water before adding it to the tank, and do not dose for any longer than 8 days. You can stop using the epsom early if the swelling completely subsides. Since it's such a small amount of Epsom in the water, daily 100% water changes will make it much easier to keep the dose consistent. Since your tank and tap pH are the same, all you need to do is match the temperature of the new water to the tank water. You can just isolate him in a container while doing the water change.

Closer pictures of the eye side on would be really helpful too just to see if any other treatment may be needed :)

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Ok so my dwarf gourami was getting better and I thought that he was nearly ready to be moved but I thought his eye was still slightly sticking out so didn't move him and now his eye is getting bigger again what should I do??

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