Freshwater tropical fish parasites

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Typical Tropical Fish Diseases and Treatments for Them

One of the main concerns with having tropical fish is the diseases they can contract. There are many different kinds of tropical fish diseases, most of which have treatments to remedy them. It is certainly best to have your fish avoid the diseases in the first place, but even with good management, your fish may not always be able to avoid disease.

One type of tropical fish disease is ammonia poisoning. As the name implies, there is too high a level of ammonia in your tank. The main symptoms of ammonia poisoning are your fish turning a red-lilac color and they’re floating below the surface panting for air.

The remedy for ammonia poisoning is relatively simple to implement, but it’s important to do this right away or your fish’s health may be compromised on a long-term basis. You need to understand the cycling process of a new tank to limit the ammonia level of the water, as well as to maintain the pH levels and water temperature of the tank.

Yet, another type of tropical fish disease is cataracts. Eye-related infections are often caused by the level of waste in your tank. Cataracts are usually just fungal growths covering the eyes. Normal aquarium fungicide is usually a very effective form of treatment for cataracts.

Corneybacteriosis is commonly referred to as bulging eyes because it looks like the fish who have corneybacteriosis have bulging eyes. Additionally, these fish have swelling in their heads.

Corneybacteriosis is usually caused by a large amount of waste in the tank, which is often caused by having too many fish in the tank. Keeping the level of waste at a low level is the best defense against your fish contracting corneybacteriosis. Utilizing EcoBio-Blocks in your tank can establish the nitrogen cycle and keep your water clean and pure, thereby reducing the chances of your fish contracting corneybacteriosis.

Another common tropical fish disease is dropsy. Dropsy makes your fish look bloated and their scales appear to be bursting outward. Dropsy is usually caused by an internal bacterial infection.

It is important to treat dropsy as quickly as possible; otherwise, further internal damage to your fish could be the result. Anti-bacterial medication can help to treat the infection, along with raising the aquarium water temperature slightly over the next few weeks.

Ichthyophthiriasis, or what is commonly known as ich, ich is a type of tropical fish disease that is indicated by small white spots covering the fish’s body and fins. A type of parasite is responsible for causing ich.


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