Do the fish in your aquarium look different? Do they have white spots, cloudy eyes, or rough fins? Is their behavior unusual? Even well cared for fish can get sick, and when they do, High Paw Pet Supplies in Fairplay, CO 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 don't congest the tank. Monitor temperature levels. Do your partial water replacements frequently. Occasionally, however, even with your best efforts, diseases find their way into an fish tank. Below are some typical aquarium fish illnesses and the signs that your fish could be struggling with them:
Ich, short for Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, is the most common fish tank parasite. Signs of ich (pronounced "ick") are: elevated white spots, rapid 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, aka rust, gold, or velvet dust disease, which causes an oddly tinted dusting on the fish's body. There are also fish lice, anchor worms, flukes, and nematodes. Different symptoms include irregular swimming, loss of color, too much mucous, difficulty breathing, and bloating or wasting.
After parasites, one of the most typical 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 difficult to treat because antibiotics can interrupt the fish tank and filter.
Fungal infections are much less regular and commonly 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 to an expert about diagnosis and treatment. Pictures and videos can be helpful in communicating the symptoms you're seeing.
High Paw Pet Supplies is your local pet store for all your fish requirements. You can find all you need at High Paw Pet Supplies in Fairplay, CO. Stop by our store or call (719) 836-4909 to talk to a member of our team today!