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, Bill's Wonderland of Pets in Magnolia, NJ 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 and balanced.
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 regularly. Occasionally, however, in spite of your best efforts, diseases find their way into an aquarium. Here are some common aquarium fish illnesses and the signs that your fish may be experiencing them:
Ich, short for Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, is the most common fish tank parasite. Signs of ich (pronounced "ick") are: raised 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 creates an oddly colored dusting on the fish's body. There are also fish lice, anchor worms, flukes, and nematodes. Different signs and symptoms include unpredictable swimming, loss of shade, excessive mucous, difficulty breathing, and bloating or wasting.
After parasites, the most common illnesses are bacterial infections, such as fin and tail rot. Signs and 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 less frequent and typically take the form of cotton-like growths.
Viral infections occur in goldfish and koi but are 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 conveying the signs and symptoms you're seeing.
Bill's Wonderland of Pets is your local pet store for all your fish requirements. You can find all you need at Bill's Wonderland of Pets in Magnolia, NJ. Stop by our store or call (856) 435-0800 to talk to a member of our team today!