Marine Fish Diseases- Signs, Causes, And Cures

The world of disease is persistent if nothing else. For every life form out there, there’s another one looking to get ahead by ruining the first one’s day. Your fish are no exception. And, much like with the various illnesses that can befall humans, there are a ton of different afflictions marine fish can encounter. This guide doesn’t cover every last one but instead focuses on spotting and curing the handful of diseases you are most likely to encounter. First, a few general notes on how to approach illnesses:   Spotting Illness When an illness breaks out catching it early … Continue reading

Quarantine Tanks- The Why and How of Setup

  A quarantine tank is just want it sounds like- a separate tank designated for the quarantine of sick or potentially sick fish. It serves two main purposes- to provide a safe and controlled place to administer treatments and to prevent disease from reaching your main tank in the first place by providing a location for new arrivals to be checked out. Many medications and treatments are simply unsafe for use in the main tank- they may kill all invertebrates, plants, and algae; wipe out the biological filtration; be difficult to dose correctly; or be difficult to remove when the … Continue reading

Freshwater Fish Diseases- Signs, Causes, And Cures

It’s a fine lazy day and you’re just kicking back and enjoying the aquarium you’ve worked so hard to set up. But wait, something’s off. One of your fish looks like he’s been rolling in the sand. And another seems to have less fins than you remember. And still another is so swollen he looks as though he’s about to burst. All in all, it looks as though your fish are sick! Yup, keep fish long enough and it’s something you’ll have to face eventually, and usually fairly early unfortunately. You see, illness is often preventable, but typically we only … Continue reading