Do the fish in your aquarium look different? Do they have white patches, cloudy eyes, or ragged fins? Is their behavior unusual? Even well cared for fish can get sick, and when they do, Coral Sea Aquariums in West Palm Beach, FL has the fish health and wellness products to bring them back to their normal, healthy selves. We also supply everything you need to keep your fish healthy.
The help prevent your fish from getting sick, feed them properly and do not congest the tank. Monitor temperature levels. Do your partial water replacements consistently. In some cases, however, in spite of your best efforts, diseases find their way into an fish tank. Here are some common aquarium fish diseases and the signs that your fish could be dealing with them:
Ich, short for Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, is the most common fish tank parasite. Signs of ich (pronounced "ick") are: increased white spots, quick breathing, rubbing against accessories, or darting about the tank. There are medications and other treatments available for ich.
Other parasites include chilodonella, with symptoms similar to ich, and oodinium, also known as rust, gold, or velvet dust disease, which triggers an oddly colored dusting on the fish's body. There are also fish lice, anchor worms, flukes, and nematodes. Various symptoms include erratic swimming, loss of shade, extreme mucous, trouble breathing, and bloating or wasting.
After parasites, one of the most usual illnesses are bacterial infections, such as fin and tail rot. Symptoms of the bacterial disease are white film, cloudy eyes, rough fins, and open sores. Bacterial infections are complicated to treat since prescription antibiotics can interrupt the aquarium and filter.
Fungal infections are much less regular and usually take the form of cotton-like growths.
Viral infections occur in goldfish and koi but are much less common in other aquarium fish.
If you see or suspect any of these issues in your fish, it's a good idea to speak with an specialist about diagnosis and treatment. Pictures and videos can be helpful in communicating the symptoms you're seeing.
Coral Sea Aquariums is your local pet store for all your fish requirements. You can find all you need at Coral Sea Aquariums in West Palm Beach, FL. Stop by our store or call (561) 684-6411 to talk to a member of our team today!