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FISH - HEALTH

Administering Medication at Home
When your fish is sick, you want to provide the best care possible for her.

Signs of Parasites
In most cases, you will be able to see external parasites because they will appear as spots or tube-like organisms and will continue to grow. Your fish will also begin rubbing up against plants and other decorative items in the aquarium in an attempt to r...

Can I Reduce The Chances Of My Fish Getting Sick?
Yes, definitely! There are many things you can do to prevent disease in your aquarium. The most important prevention technique is to make sure the water is sparkling clean and that regular water changes and good husbandry are practiced. Other Ways to Pr...

Gill Disease
Gill Disease can be caused by fungal infections, presence of bacteria or parasites, high ammonia or pH levels, low oxygen levels or overcrowding in the aquarium. The unbalanced water damages the gills and provides an opportunity for bacteria to invade the...

Oxygen Depletion
Have you ever known a fellow fish enthusiast who got up one morning only to discover that all of his fish were dead? A possible cause of this shocking experience is oxygen depletion. If not treated, fish will literally suffocate to death. Fish cannot surv...

Skin Problems
Is your fish sunburned? He could be if he is exposed to too much light. Unlike humans, who turn red when sunburned, fish begin to lose their coloring when exposed to too much light. The solution is to make sure the aquarium is not in direct sunlight or...

Fish Anatomy
Can fish see color? Do they drink water? Although the anatomy of fish has not been studied in depth, scientists do know a lot about how a fish's body works. The more you learn about a fish's anatomy, the more you, as a fish hobbyist and pet owner, will ...

Omnivore Diets
Omnivorous fish are the easiest to feed because they eat all kinds of fish food including flakes, tablet and pellet foods, and frozen and live foods like brine shrimp, worms and mosquito larvae. These fish also do well being fed small amounts of nutrients...

Intestinal Parasites
Intestinal parasites are worms and protozoa (one-celled organisms) that take up residence in an animal's intestines. Once there, they get free room and board, sucking blood and body fluids from your precious pet. Here's the lowdown on the four intestinal ...

Veterinary Care for Fish
A piscine specialist can help you keep your pet healthy and happy. How do you know when your fish is ill? You don't! That's why you need a veterinarian trained in piscine, or fish, medicine to identify and treat her aches and pains. Because most veter...

Abdominal Enlargement
Here's why your fish may be getting thick around the middle.

Appetite Loss
Something's wrong when your little swimmer stops feasting.

Breathing at the Water's Surface
Understand why your fish are gasping for air.

Changes in Skin Color
Do your fish seem less flashy than usual? Don't worry. As fish age, their vibrant colors often lose their luster. For example, the fanlike fins of black skirt tetras usually fade to gray as they mature. CausesInadequate light exposure also can cause you...

Erratic Swimming
Does your fish dart about like something's chasing him? Perhaps he runs into the gravel and tank decorations with a violent twisting motion. First make sure something isn't actually chasing him! Then watch his behavior closely for other signs of trouble. ...

Swimming Trouble
Does your tiger barb swim desperately to get deeper into the tank only to bob right back up to the surface? More than likely, a malfunctioning swim bladder is keeping your pal perpetually buoyant. A fish that struggles to submerge or stay afloat needs imm...

Lethargic Behavior
Fish don't cough, sneeze or plead to stay in bed, but you'll know when they're feeling under the weather. Pay attention to odd swimming or sluggish behavior, both of which may signal illness in fish. Causes Lethargic behavior may result from water quality...

Skin and Fin Abnormalities
Bumps and scrapes can tip you off to disease before it's too late.

Weight Loss in Fish
Fish don't diet, so treat slimming as a sign that something's amiss. Fish come in all shapes and sizes, but if your fish suddenly slims down, it's a clue that he could be sick. Routinely check out your fish from above, from each side, and from head-on p...