Fish Pests and Diseases Symptoms, Causes and Cures

 

Symptoms

Cause

Cure

Small lesions and tumour-like growths, often with algal covering Anchor worm Dab affected areas of fish with a 0.1 per cent solution of potassium permanganate, remove parasites and treat wounds with a proprietary fungicide. Treat the pool with a proprietary anti-parasite remedy.
Bloated body with distended scales Dropsy

Place fish in a salt bath (25g/1oz per 4.5 litres/1 gallon) for one week to reduce swelling. Treat the pool with an antibacterial (ulcer) remedy.

Fins and tails rotting away Fin and tail rot Use a proprietary fin rot cure or, in advanced cases, antibiotics.
Small, almost transparent, disc-like creatures clinging to the body Fish louse

Treat the pool with a proprietary anti-parasite remedy containing dimethyl-trichlorohydroxyethl phosphonate.

Fish swim around frantically, banging against the sides and bottom of the pool Gill flukes Use a proprietary anti-parasite cure.
Small, brownish worm-like creatures clinging to fish body Fish leech

Immerse affected fish in a salt bath (25g/1oz per 4.5 litres/1 gallon) and treat wounds with a proprietary fungicide.

Greyish patches of cotton wool-like-growth on body Fungus Treat with a proprietary fungicide.

Sluggish movements and a tendency to keep near the surface of the water; reddish brown colouration of sides and bellies

Red pest In the early stages, a partial water change plus proprietary parasite remedy should prove effective. More advanced cases require antibacterial (ulcer) or antibiotic treatment.
Patches of raw tissue and ulcerated sores Ulcers In early stages, add a proprietary treatment to the pond. In more advanced cases, apply this directly to the wound or use antibiotics.
Whitish slime over the body and the fish swimming erratically Slime and skin parasites

Use a proprietary anti-parasite product combined with a partial water change to improve water quality.

Spots like white measles over the body, head and fins White spot disease Treat the pool with a proprietary white spot cure.

 

19. March 2011 by admin
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