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How to treat fungus & bacteria in aquarium fish

How to treat fungus & bacteria in aquarium fish

How to treat fungus & bacteria in aquarium fish

Nowadays, the fungus & bacteria is the major problem to every living creature in the world. They affect the aquarium fishes and create a traumatic situation for them. Out of all the fungus diseases, the body fungus is the most common fungus. The living fungus consists of a filament which are thread like and forms like a mats structure commonly known as mycelium. They can grow downward, outward, club-shaped and form typical structures into the organic roots. It ruptures and releases huge spores into water.

There are many treatments available to eliminate the problem of fungus or bacteria and prevent our fishes from getting infected. Fungus needs a quick treatment in comparison to bacteria as it could kill a fish as well. Many organic dyes are available in the market which can be used on the high community fishes. They are toxic to small fishes like snail, stingrays etc. The infected fishes can be moved to a clean, separate tank where they can be moved away from the fungus tank water. Fungus cannot be removed from the aquarium water once it grows in the tank.

Tea-tree oil could another alternative and could be user if the fish had some physical pain or injury like nipping or handling. It could not be used in the case of sickness of the fish. The combination of formalin and malachite green is very effective and useful in most of the cases where fishes were injured, sick etc.

The aquarium fishes should be kept in the best environmental conditions, the needs of the fish which is ph of very basic kind.

Mouth Fungus usually occurs when fishes are stressed or in pain. These diseases can be treated with various medications available. Combinations of chemicals reduce the infection and will treat variety of bacterial pathogens as well. While using these medications you need to be careful because sometimes it could be harmful to few fishes.

The unfertilized eggs in the aquarium are the most probable ones who gets infected easily. The aquarist needs to keep an eye on these things and should remove from the batch using a pipette. These eggs are usually opaque in color. The aquarist should always keeps an eye and highly knowledgeable regarding the cleanliness, fungus signs and keeps changing the aquarium water in regular intervals. Cleanliness plays an essential role and removes matter from the tank.

Questions & Answers

1.       What causes cotton wool disease in fish?

Cotton wool disease is a common term associated with most fungal infections like skin, fins, mouth.  The other kind of fungi which are present at the site of infection could also cause cotton wool.

2.       What are the symptoms of fungus in aquarium fish?

The few symptoms of fungus in aquarium fish are:

·         The affected fish will start scratching against objects which is clearly visible.

·         The white-green threads from the fish skin will start to display in the tank which is a clear sign of fungus.

3.       What keeps fungus from growing on fish’s body?

The body fungus can be easily prevented. The fungi which tend to grow on fish’s body are called opportunistic infections. It never cause the disease but they keep on growing.

4.       Is fish fungus contagious?

The fungus is a major threat to fish life but it is not contagious. The infected fish can be easily moved to a quarantine tank for treatment away from the fungus tank.

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