Parasites will present themselves occasionally on aquatic life. They commonly arrive as hitchhikers on newly introduced fish and plants. Poor water quality, stress and inadequate nutrition can weaken the fish’s immune and defense responses causing parasitic outbreaks. Using aquarium salt is a great preventive and commonly used in conjunction with parasitic treatment.
Visible signs will include salt grain sized white spots, protruding worms and small circular discs attached to a fish. Often when parasites are not visible you will see flashing, rubbing up against surfaces and rapid breathing at the top of the aquarium. Quick identification and treatment are key for a successful recovery.