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Symptoms of Sick Fish

symptoms of sick fishAs an aquarist, it is very important that you monitor and ensure that your fish stays healthy. Among the common mistake made by aquarium owners is slow to react to early signs and warning of disease and when they finally realize that something is really wrong and start to take action, it might have been too late.

Sometimes by just doing some simple observations, you can learn a great deal and knowledge and probably your fast action would have saved the life of your fish. There are several signs and condition listed below which you can use to determine whether something is not right with your pet.

Among the Symptoms of Sick Fish are:
1) Abnormal behavior – Fish will easily get scared or stressed out. If at normal times, they will gladly approach you when you move closer to the aquarium, but this time round, they decided to find a place to hide

2) Unusual movement and activity– Does it swim in an erratic manner? Flashing and scratching on aquarium surface? Does the fish find it hard to maintain balance in the water?

3) Acceptance of food – Not eating and with reduced appetite leading to weight loss.

4) Fish color – Usually you will find fading in the color of your sick fish. For certain fish like neon fish, the color could become light and pale while other species like discus, it will instead turn black overall on the whole body and you will know it’s already sick

5) Breathing right below the water surface – this is a common symptom, which might be telling you that the water condition is poor. Usually high level of nitrate (about 300 ppm) will cause this symptom. (Read more on Nitrogen Cycle)

6) Clamped fins – The fins are not stretched out and wide open, as it normally will.

7) Other symptoms – appearance of tiny white spots (ich), holes in the head, pop-eye, raised scales, open wounds on the body, red veins on the fins, cotton like material on the gills, rotting fins

Finally, as a responsible pet owners, not only should you ensure that the living condition such as water quality is alright but you must also took the effort to learn about common types of aquarium fish disease like ich, fungus infection, dropsy, mouth and fin rot and knowing some of the basic fish medication.



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My fascination and interest towards aquarium fish has led me to devote my time towards caring and learning about this wonderful pet.

Aquarium fish keeping is a very challenging and exciting hobby. When I first started, I never knew much or have the necessary guidance back then because none of my family members were actually a keen hobbyist. And because of that, I’ve encountered numerous failures and the worst part is having to deal with dead fish every time when you started to grow fond and getting attached to my pets. However, I persevered and took steps to find out and search for information from other hobbyist, apart from the knowledge gained and learned from my own experience and research. The blog that I’ve created here is meant to share useful information and tips about aquarium fish keeping so that new hobbyist will not make the same mistakes that I’ve made in the past."

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