Do you love watching your fish? While you watch, take a few minutes to pay close attention. Your fish can get sick like any other pet. In fact, there are some illnesses that are pretty common among fish. But it’s up to you to catch the signs of these illnesses and take action.
Here are common diseases and their signs:
- Ick: Signs include salt- or sand-like grains on the skin, clamped fins and gasping at the surface of the water.
- Fungus: Gray or white growth on the skin that resembles cotton.
- Lice: Red spots, restlessness and rubbing against the aquarium or other objects.
- Anchor Worms: Scratching against objects, the appearance of whitish-green threads on the skin and inflammation.
- Body Flukes: Scratching against hard surfaces, a layer of mucus covering the body, rapid-moving gills and skin that appears reddish in color.
- Clamped Fin: Listless behavior and fins that are folded flat against the body.
- Dropsy: Caused by a bacterial infection in the kidneys, signs include protruding scales and bloating.
Certain symptoms are sure indicators a fish is sick. If you notice any of the following, it’s best to seek treatment…
- Not eating
- Acting lethargic or disoriented and swimming upside down
- Gills that are discolored or inflamed
- Spots on the body that are white or gray in color
- Bulging of one or both eyes
- Rubbing against hard surfaces in the aquarium
- Staying away from other fish, particularly if it’s a schooling fish
- Troubled breathing, including gasping at the water’s surface
- Skin lesions, inflammation and/or sores on the body
- Any change in appearance, such as a crooked back or droopy fins
If your fish seems ill, seek treatment as quickly as possible. Treatments can range from changing the chemistry of the tank to a variety of remedies. For help, consult your Pet Supermarket sales associate.