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Squirrelfish Pop Eye Bob: Sorry to bother you again, but this weekend our squirrelfish appears to have come down with what I think may be a case of pop eye. A clear bubble has appeared over only his right eye. He is eating fine, and otherwise looks normal.  The water is excellent, as I had it tested over the weekend, and just did a 10% change. The other fish all look great. I am purely speculating, but since we just started feeding krill to the puffer, and the squirrel eats a little, is it possible that this is a reaction to the krill? I read in your "bible" that sometime the best course of action is to do nothing, or perhaps treat with medicated food. I would appreciate your advice and course of treatment to take. Please be as specific as possible, Bob, as I am still new to the game and want to do the conscientious thing. Thanks, Mitch  >> Thank you for writing, and being an active part of this forum...  Well, this is exactly one of those cases of "keep water quality high, do nothing"... The Squirrel likely "bumped" the eye (if it only one-side), and will likely self-heal... Nah to the krill having an ill-effect, unless the fish got so excited in trying to get some, that it ran into something else! These sorts of "unilateral exophthalmia" sometimes take months to resolve... so, be patient.... And do try feeding the Squirrel near to lights off, or shortly thereafter... this is when they feed in the wild.

Bubble-Like Growth on Soldierfish - 09/08/06 Hi Crew, <<Hello!>> I have a Question a year ago I brought a small Big-eye Soldierfish (Myripristis vittata) after Quarantine I add it to my tank, he/she was doing fine until 5 months ago that he/she start getting a bubble next to the eye, I went to my local fish store and they tell me it was nothing to worry about it so I left like that and 5 days later it disappear. <<Mmm...likely an environmental/secondary issue>> Now the fish has the same "disease" the bubble is again next to the eye and now I am wondering if I need to take care of that, maybe put it on a hospital tank or if It will disappear again, he is been like that 4 days already and the bubble is growing and growing.  Water parameters are normal, he is eating normal and I always add Vita-Chem to the food for vitamins.  Can you help me I don't want to see him like that anymore I'm adding some pictures of my fish. Thank You <<Separate the fish if you have the facilities to do so.  This is likely a bacterial infection caused by some aspect of your water quality (do validate your test kits/possibly increase frequency of water changes).  Add some Epsom salts to the hospital tank (1 teaspoon per 10 gallons actual water volume) to start, and have a search through our marine disease FAQs for further info and treatments (if needed).  Regards, EricR>>

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