Test Kits Needed For Shrimp Shrimp are much more sensitive than fish and require special test kits on top of the normal ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH tests. If there is any amount of...
Category: Bacterial fish diseases
There are four categories of diseases: Bacterial Infections, Fungal Infections, and External and Internal Parasites.
These are characterized by decrease in activity, color loss, bloated body, sores, abscesses, red streaks, skin inflammation, difficulty in breathing, and bulging eyes.
These can be developed as a result of an existing illness. When a fish is suffering from a fungal infection, it is darting here and there, scratching, and there is a presence of cotton-like tufts on skin, mouth, or eyes.
Fishes that have been infested with parasites may exhibit inactivity, lack of appetite, too much film or mucus on the body, spots or worms, fast breathing, and scratching.
Before you use any medication on your tank, see to it that you have properly diagnosed your fishes’ disease and found the root cause of the problem. Below are some of the fish diseases, symptoms, and treatments.
One of the biggest parasites, ranging from 5 to 10 mm in length, they’re easy to spot if you know what you’re looking for.
Anchor Worm This parasite is extremely rare in aquarium fish, and despite its name, it’s not a worm. It’s a copepod, and it’s easy to spot. Named “anchor,” because they’ll get deep into your...
Flukes (Skin and Gills) Flukes isn’t the name of a single disease, rather the name of a number of parasites. Commonly called Gill (Dactylogyrus spp.) or Skin Flukes (Gyrodactylus spp.), they’re common in freshwater tropical...
This common viral infection affects fresh and saltwater fish’s skin and fins. Not serious, per say, as it rarely ends in death; it only disfigures fish. Physical Signs Growths on the skin or fins (look similar to cauliflowers) Behavioral...