Keeping a fish tank involves a lot of responsibility, including caring
for the health of your tank population. However, disease is a common threat
for fish, and owners must work tirelessly to fight back against this very
real threat. That means acting quickly if you notice any of the signs
that your fish may be getting sick. While fish generally have strong immune
systems and will fight off many diseases before they can impact your tank,
you never know when something will take root and start negatively impacting
your entire tank.
That means it’s important for tank owners to know and recognize the
signs of a sick or unhappy fish tank and act quickly to try to remove
the problem before it can spread and impact everything living in it. Generally,
some signs are easy to see: clamped fins, losing weight, floating, and
fading color are all pretty common. Behavior can be impacted too: fish
that slam into things or exhibit other irregular behaviors also could
be infected with a disease.
Some other common signs of sick fish include:
- Bloating (often associated with dropsy)
- Open sores (often associated with furunculosis)
- Salt-like grains on the skin (A sign of ich, a parasitic infestation)
- Dusty patches (a common sign of oodinium)
- Bulging eyes (a common sign of pop eye)
Parasites are also a common source of disease. Worms, known as anchor worms,
can get into a tank and attach themselves to fish. Some worms actually
burrow just beneath the skin, creating a condition known as fish lice.
Some fish also suffer from bacterial infections, which can be seen in
the form of white cotton-like growths on your fish.
How to Take Action
Diseases often fester and grow in situations where a fish tank itself has
gone out of balance. If you notice your fish showing signs of disease,
test your tank immediately and resolve any issues with ammonia, nitrate,
nitrite, pH, or temperature imbalances.
If any of your fish are showing signs of serious infection, it’s
strongly advised you move them to a smaller hospital or quarantine tank,
where they can be kept away from the other species in your tank in order
to avoid passing off their disease. You should also talk to a Los Angeles
custom aquariums expert about the condition of your fish and let them
help you choose the right treatment option for your needs.
Contact Living Art Aquatic Design, Inc. today at (310) 626-1448 to find out more about how we can help you treat
your fish when they fall ill.