True Worm Parasite Fish Diseases
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 and marine fish. Unlike other health problems in fish, Flukes can infect a healthy fish.
If they reproduce, then your fish will become listless and die of either a bacteria infection or suffocation.
- A layer of mucus covering the gills or body
- Gills look like they’ve been chewed
- Reddened skin
- Scratching against objects
- Rapidly moving gills
Pro Tip: Pale fish with drooping fins, rapid respiration and/or hollow bellies indicate more extensive infestation. A true diagnosis can’t be certain without looking at biopsies or scrapings under a microscope.
Flukes are commonly present in aquariums, however, they’ll remain harmless under favorable conditions.
Avoiding stress is key.
You can treat your fish with Praziquantel. This is an anti-worm medication which prevents Flukes and treats infections caused by them.
A huge advantage of is medicine is that it’s harmless to all species, not toxic to plants, and has no negative impact on aquarium filters.
Author – modestfish