Do the fish in your fish tank look different? Do they have white spots, cloudy eyes, or ragged fins? Is their behavior unusual? Even well cared for fish can get sick, and when they do, Liz's Pet Shop in Chicago, IL 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.
The help prevent your fish from getting sick, feed them properly and do not overcrowd the tank. Monitor temperature levels. Do your partial water replacements regularly. In some cases, however, despite your best efforts, diseases find their way into an fish tank. Below are some common aquarium fish illnesses and the signs that your fish might be suffering from them:
Ich, short for Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, is the most common aquarium parasite. Signs of ich (pronounced "ick") are: increased white spots, quick 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 causes an oddly colored dusting on the fish's body. There are also fish lice, anchor worms, flukes, and nematodes. Various signs and symptoms include unpredictable swimming, loss of shade, extreme mucous, trouble breathing, and bloating or wasting.
After parasites, one of the most common diseases 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 due to the fact that antibiotics can interfere with the fish tank and filter.
Fungal infections are less frequent and commonly take the form of cotton-like growths.
Viral infections occur in goldfish and koi but are much 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 professional regarding diagnosis and treatment. Pictures and videos can be helpful in communicating the signs and symptoms you're seeing.
Liz's Pet Shop is your local pet store for all your fish requirements. You can find all you need at Liz's Pet Shop in Chicago, IL. Stop by our store or call (773) 772-4011 to talk to a member of our team today!