All you need to know about gold-fish-disease

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All about Gold-Fish-Disease

There are many things to watch out for, and the following are the most common goldfish-disease

What is Ichtyopthirius?

It is a long name and Ichtyopthirius is the most common of all gold-fish-disease. In fact it is a parasite that gets attached to the goldfish when they become stressed. The parasite starts feeding off the goldfish, and they resemble small grains of salt. Within 2 days or so they detach and fall down into the gravel layer and then proceed to lay the eggs and the cycle starts all over again. You need to deal with this problem fast as they reproduce rapidly.

What is Fin Rot?

This is a relatively common goldfish problem, and happens after they sustain fin or body injuries. Fin rot presents as a white colored edge on the fins. The fins then slowly rot away land look ragged and torn. In some cases fungus also appears. Fin Rot is generally cured fairly easily. Fin rot is a bacterial infection and usually it appears when the goldfish is already weak from another problem.

What is Fungus?

Like mushrooms and our own edible and infectious fungi there are also many types of fungi that affect your fish. The general fungus that affects fish are a white cotton like type that tends to infect any open wounds. As this is a bacterial infection it requires immediate attention.

Do Fish get Constipation?

Sadly just like us they do, which is hard to think about given they live in water. The fact is your goldfish will get it sometime, and the reason is that most goldfish are compacted. This causes a problem with eating and digesting food properly. Any fish foods that are relatively high in fat can cause a goldfish to get constipated. Just like your own kids a Goldfish needs to east some green foods occasionally aid in food digestion. Peas appear to be the most effective as they act like a mild laxative.

What is Dropsy?

It is a strange name and Dropsy is in fact a bacterial infection gold-fish-disease. It infects the goldfish from the inside and signs of this are the scales are seen sticking out from the goldfish body. When you see this the chances are your goldfish will not live much longer. See note below.

What is Pop Eye

As the name’s suggest this is where eye of the goldfish bulges out of the socket. This is also an early sign of impending Dropsy. Deal with this immediately using medication.

All you need to know about gold fish disease

What is Anchor Worm?

This gold-fish-disease consist of a white stick like worm that protrubes out of the goldfish, and is accompanied by a red ring where it is attached to the fish. The fish will be seen to be constantly rubbing itself against anything to try and dislodge the worm.

What are Fish Lice?

Fish lice are not nice. What are they? They are greenish colored disk shaped bug that has size of around 1/5 of an inch wide, and they attach themselves to the goldfish. You will see your goldfish scratching itself or rubbing it’s body against anything it can to try and detach them. Once they are off you will see red spots where the fish lice was attached. You need to get rid of them quickly as reproduce very quickly. You can take them off by hand and treat the fish tank for the lice you can’t see.

What about Swim Bladder Problems?

While strictly not a gold-fish-disease it is a problem for the fish. When a goldfish has they problem they either sink or they float. In general the fancy goldfish are prone to this condition. The most common causes are high levels of nitrates in the water, or failure to properly soak food and overall bad water quality.

Explain Body and Gill Flukes

So your Goldfish presents with an excessive slime coat: maybe isolation; clamped fins, scratching and flashing, or sores and ulcers that come as result of all the scratching. Gill flukes are a result of gasping at the surface, and the gills being subsequently irritated.

What about Treatment. The performing of a blanket salt treatment can resolve at least 7 of the pathogens, but this doesn’t resolve the fluke issue. The most common treatments are the use of Potassium Permanganate (PP), Droncit, Fluketabs, Formalin and Healthguard and Quick Cure. It is imperative that a repeat treatment is performed as the eggs or larvae may still reside in the fish tank. The follow up treatments are recommended every 4 days, and a third one after a further 4 days.

What is Hole-in-the-head Disease?

This is a serious sounding gold-fish-disease condition. The general symptoms include the appearance of small holes in the body of the fish, and these as the name suggest are usually in the head. Over time they may gradually develop into tubular eruptions. These are characterized by cream-colored or yellow strings of mucus trailing from them. Your goldfish will become lethargic, possibly lose appetite and stop eating and develop a rather hollow-bellied appearance. The feces may have a pale and stringy appearance. Another sign is the appearance of lesions at base of fins and along lateral line. The fins and skin may also start eroding away, and the body may take on a milky appearance and the slime coat sill start to shed itself in strands.

What gold-fish-disease Treatment? The first action is to remove the affected fish into a hospital tank and then maintain the water quality in absolutely perfect condition. You should treat the fish with a medicated food if it is still eating, and Medigold is ideal for this. Alternatively use any other medication that contains the ingredient Metronidazole. Adding salt to form a .3% solution may assist and possibly limit any secondary infections. You should only feed foods of high nutrition value that include krill, bloodworms, brine shrimp, Pro-Gold pellets (US) or Hikari pellets (UK).

Remember gold-fish-disease prevention comes from you.