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Betta has white spot on eye

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Ken Nielsen

Monday, February 11, 2002 - 01:59 pm
I have a Betta that is in a 2 gal tank at 72 degrees with filter system. It is located in a slightly shaded area near a window. I have 3 snails in the tank with him. I do not add salt. I use bottled filtered water and do a 1/2 water change every two weeks. A short time ago I noticed a white spot on one eye that does not seem to change or go away. Any suggestions on how to treat this?



Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 04:04 pm
Well I dont know much so wait until you hear from someone more knowlegable, but I think it might be popeye. I am not sure what you should give a beta though as I am new with them. but like I said wait until you hear from some smarter.



Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 09:00 pm
Ken waiting on Kick to advise you. Hopefully she will check in soon as she knows a lot about Bettas. I do know she will ask why you aren't adding salt to the bettas tank!



Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 09:38 pm
Ken before I can tell you for sure, you need to try to describe in detail what this "white spot" looks like. Does it look like a bubble over his eye or does it just look cloudy. Also is it under/over his eye or directly over it. My first thought is of popeye or cloudy eye, but before I know for sure I need the better, detailed description.

Joyce is right. I highly advise aquarium salt in betta tanks. There are so many good properties of this as far as bettas go, and it could be even the salt will help the problem that he is experiencing.

I also am not an advocate for spring or distilled water with bettas. The trace elements that are found in regular tap water are extremely important for a betta's health, and as long as the water has been treated with a product for the neutralization of chloramines and chlorine, there is really no reason to waste money for special water.

I will be looking to hear from you so that maybe we can sort out what is going on and I can give you options for possible treatment.



Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 07:28 pm
Yup, agreed with the others. We do really need to know a better description of the "white spot" over the eye...whether it's a diffuse cloudiness, or a distinct small white spot. Just two things I should mention here from your msg, however, 72 is a bit low for the betta, and this may not be stable if it's just an unheated small tank by the window, it may be dropping below this temperature at night without you knowing it. I would try to keep it at 76, if for no other reason, than to keep the betta active, since they do tend to be metabolically sluggish fish and sometimes when they get this way, they're more at risk for disease.

Other thing is about the spot... if it is a distinct small white spot with clear edges, suspect ick, which can grow on any membrane, even that of the eye.


Ken Nielsen

Friday, February 22, 2002 - 12:38 pm
You guys are the greatest! I first want to report that "fishy" is doing great. The "pinpoint" white spot he had on one eye is gone. I put (I know Kick did not recommend this as I saw it in another thread) some soluble copper salts formula (2 drops in his 2 gal. tank) about a week ago. It worked - so I assume it was ick. I now have raised the temp up to 75 and am adding 1 tsp of aquarium salt to the tank at each water renew, every two weeks. I love this forum. We can only be better fish curators with the exchange of information you will find here. Thank You All So Much ("fishy" thanks you too.)


Ken Nielsen

Friday, February 22, 2002 - 12:44 pm
Kick, our local fish shop recommends our local tap water too. Do I just 1.) remove the fish and put him in a smaller container with his present fish water 2.) vacuum and replace vacated water with tap water 3.) put in the treatment chemical 4.) wait overnight or the recommended time 5.) put the fish back into his home?

Let me know if this is the recommended routine - I am obviously new at this... Thanks again.



Friday, February 22, 2002 - 01:03 pm
Ken I will let Kick know you're waiting for her input. She's a pretty busy gal, but hold on!



Friday, February 22, 2002 - 05:09 pm
I know I'm not kick, but here is the method I used when I kept a betta in a 1gallon bowl:

let water sit out overnight in an icecream pail (or whatever) Then I used a smaller than usual grvel siphon sucker thing (it was marketed as a "junior") to suck out water and vacuum gravel with fishy still in the bowl. I'd do about 75%. Then add dechlor, aquarium salt (dissolve it before hand) and new water.
my theory was that the less times you handle your fishy the less stress you put them through...


Ken Nielsen

Friday, March 01, 2002 - 02:26 pm
So you add the dechlor after you have let the water sit overnight? I think I will put the dechlor in and salt too then let it all sit/dissolve overnight then add it as the new replacement water after vacuuming out about 75% like you said. Does this sound ok?



Saturday, March 02, 2002 - 12:09 pm
I think so...just make sure the salt is dissolved well!


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