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Diagnosis of diseases of aquarium fish

How do you know that fish is sick?

Regularly observe Your fish, learn their normal state. If You do not know what is normal, You will not be able to determine the disease.

Symptoms:

Glued the fins

Fish to abandon its usual food for more than 2-3 days.

Fish have visible damage or white spots.

Fish gasping at the water surface.

Fish swims on its side, sinks or hovers.

Fish vibrate (move from side to side without moving forward).

Fish rubs and scratches on decorations in the aquarium.

The poor water quality.

Symptoms: fish suffocate on the surface, or very inactive. Their fins can be bonded. Usually suffer all the inhabitants of the aquarium. If the water quality was bad for a long time, the fish may be rotting fins or stripes of blood on them.

Treatment: If the fish suffocating on the surface, or have purple gills, then the cause may be high levels of ammonia (nitrites, nitrates) or low oxygen levels. In the first case it is necessary to replace the water (but not more than one-third volume at a time), and the second is to improve the operation of the aeration system (to wash filters).

If in case the abnormalities of pH or hardness, it is necessary to replace about one third of the volume of water and continue to conduct regular water tests on these indicators.

Disease belostotski (freshwater scabies).

Symptoms: the fish has grains of salt, fish behaves nervously and rubbing against aquarium decorations.

Treatment: the disease “white spots” (Ichthyopthirius multifiliis) is called a parasitic protozoan. To cure aquarium fish from the disease and prevent the re-emergence of the parasite it is necessary to arrange a week-long quarantine. Fish is deposited in a separate quarantine tank where they are treated until the disappearance of the white point with the help of medications that contain formalin or malachite green. In the main tank at this time supported stable temperature (25-30 degrees), and medications, it does not add. Finding no victims, the parasites die within 3-4 days.

Rotting fins.

Symptoms: the fins of the fish become pale and die. Fin rot often follows damage to them. It can also be caused by poor water quality.

Treatment: check and, if necessary, improve the water quality. To ensure you can use malachite green and other remedies from rotting fins that You can recommend at the pet store.

Symptoms: the fish swells up like a balloon, eyes bulging often.

Treatment: dropsy often even without treatment within 1-2 days, and sometimes leads to death of fish. Dropsy arises from the fact that the fish is absorbing water faster than it can fix. This can be caused by various problems: high content of nitrates in the water, internal bacterial infections and other. If the problem is not the quality of the water, You can treat fish antibiotic in a separate container.

The problems with swim bladder.

Symptoms: fish swims on its side or belly up.

Treatment: these problems can be caused by poor diet (mostly dry food) or bacterial infection. In the second case, to ensure food is added the antibiotic, and if the fish doesn’t eat, then an antibiotic is added to water.

Large parasites.

Treatment: leeches and other large parasites removed from the fish with tweezers. The damaged area is treated with disinfectant.

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