I’m afraid my two common goldfish have popeye. This may be the reason one of my fish was bottom sitting several weeks ago.
I’ve never dealt with this problem before and would love advice.
First, I know nitrogen supersaturation is rare, but I do always have tiny bubbles in my tank, not on the glass, but floating in the water. I have a Biowheel 350 and two airstones in a 55 gallon tank. Do you think my fish could have popeye do to supersaturation?
Secondly, if it is a parasite. What should I do? One fish has popeye in both eyes, the other fish I only notice it in one eye. Do I treat the main tank, since they both have it? I don’t have a hospital tanking running.
I've read about Maracyn, Maracyn 2 and Kanacyn. Anyone successfully treated popeye in goldfish with these meds?
I’ve never added salt to my aquarium. But I’ve read I should with popeye. What should I use? Aquarium salt or Epsom salt?
I’m confused and worried. I’d appreciate any advice.
Hi! Can I ask a few questions about the fish that have symptoms? Are either of them showing other symptoms such as bloating/pineconing or red streaking in their tails/fins or redness at the base of their tails/fins? Have you noticed any strange waste, skinniness or lack of appetite? What are you feeding them?
Pop-eye is not a disease itself but a symptom of an underlying problem. Most common causes are thought to be bacterial, parsitic, viral or dietary. Determining an exact cause is difficult. I would start by making sure the water is super healthy with frequent water changes. 1/8 teaspoon per 5g of epsom salts can be added or daily epsom salt bath can be given. Do you have access to kanamycin or kanamycin-medicated foods (such as medi-gold)? Med food would be my first choice with treating the water second. Another option would be seeking the aid of an aquatic vet for antibiotic injections.
Its very unlikely this is the result of super-saturation of gasses (all your fish would be affected) and eye parasites are very uncommon. There is the possibility of internal parasites (which can also cause internal infections) causing the issue as well but some more info may help to figure things out.
Thanks for your reply. I see no other obvious symptoms. No bloating/pineconing or red streaking. I haven't noticed strange waste, but I'll look closely now. They have strong appetites and their weight is the same as always. As I said earlier, several weeks ago, one of my fish was bottom sitting, but that has stopped. They eat TetraFin Goldfish Crisps and about once a week dried bloodworms.
Tomorrow I will go the store and buy epsom salt and Medi-Gold. Is that food safe?
I'm going to do daily partial water changes to keep water quality high. Do I add some new epsom salt every day as well?
Where do I buy Medi-Gold? ...or something similar. I'm in Portland, Oregon. Do I have to order it online or should I start calling fish stores tomorrow?
I would try calling all pet stores and if they dont have any got to the supermarkets and if again no go online
The only place that sells Medi-gold is the Goldfish Connection. Alternately, you can order kanamycin & make your own medicated food. You can order kanamycin (sold as kanaplex) from Amazon or American Aquarium Products. Kanamycin sulfate is sold by National Fish Pharmecueticals. Epsom salts can be found in any drug or food store. The Medi-gold is very safe to use.
I would improve their diet as well to rule out any dietary issues. Feed them a quality sinking goldfish pellet (such as Hikari or NLS), frozen bloodworms, bits of shrimp or salmon, & plain cooked daily veggies (broccoli, spinach, zucchini, aspargus, deshelled peas, etc).
I ordered the Medi-Gold/Jump Start combo today. But I'm hoping I won't have to use it. I took a trip to a fish store that I knew had some older goldfish and had my water tested, and asked a lot of questions.
I noticed a couple of goldfish in their tank that had eyes exactly like my fish. And no, they weren't telescope. My fish's eyes really aren't too bulging. The guy told me that maybe my fish's eyes were just changing due to age (my fish are five). He may be right, at least partially, as the popeye has been gradual, not overnight ...more like over six plus months, if not longer. It just happened to catch my eye recently.
I think I'm going to just be very diligent about water changes and a better diet. I bought Omega One Veggie Rounds (store recommended). And I will make sure to feed cooked veggies too.
I also learned about crushed coral. I knew my PH was low, but was afraid of adjusting it and having a crash. I'm going to slowly add coral and I hope that will also improve the health of my fish.
If I don't notice an improvement I will have the Medi-Gold on hand to try.
Thanks again for the advice.
I am glad to hear this! Really make sure you are adding a quality sinking goldfish food as well as the veggies. If this has been gradual, dietary issues need to be strongly considered. I would throw out the tetrafin crisps & dried bloodworms. Hikari goldfish foods are sold in some lfs but i have found the best deals online. The Goldfish Connection also sells a quality foods as well as the medicated foods.
I didnt know there was a ph issue here- adding some crushed coral or argonite to your filter is an easy means to naturally increase ph without chemicals. Just make sure you keep an eye on it because it will dissolve & needs to be replenished on a regular basis. Good luck with your guys & dont hesitate to ask any questions!
Dont know how to cure it but you need some oxygen in your tank mate
that is what causes popeye