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fish disease

Every now and again a fish will, for no apparent reason, virtually waste away; turn out to be hollow bellied, listless, and lie around on rocks or on the sandy bottom in a most dejected manner. The contributing factors to this malady are underfeeding, an unsatisfactory diet, overcrowding, or water which has been too warm or too cold over a period.

Shimmies is much more a sympton than a illness, it is the outward sign that all isn't as it should be.

The fish generally stops in one position waving its body from side to side like a hula dancer, the movement being slow and constant.

Fish with Ichthyophthirius are liable to act in this manner; indigestion, chills, etc. are other feasible causes.

Totally changing the water frequently cures this trouble. It is believed that a micro-organism in the water of a none too clean tank can bring on this condition.

Costiasis is an illness which is almost fatal.

By the time it could be diagnosed it is too late for treatment, and also the fish is greatest destroyed to steer clear of spreading the infection among the other fish.

Costiasis is recognized by a reddish streak, not unlike a burn mark, spreading along the side of the fish from the tail towards the head. This streak causes all of the mucus to disappear, and also the scales to appear rough and inflamed.

The fish louse is a totally free swimming crustacean that attaches itself to the fish in a lot the exact same manner as the anchor worm, and also the treatment is the exact same.

The illness could be recognized as grayish patches, generally round, attached to the skin of the fish, mainly around the belly, gills, and areas near the throat.

An alternative technique of treatment would be to treat the aquarium with potassium permanganate, 1/3 grain to every gallon of water. Repeat as essential every 8 to 10 days. No harm will come to the plants or fish.

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