Week 51: What you need to know to cure fish disease & parasites | 52 Weeks of Reefing #BRS160

September 2nd, 2016
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It's Week 51 of 52 Weeks of Reefing, and today we are focusing on keeping your fish healthy. We'll touch on different ailments that might be a problem in your tank, potential solutions, medications, and methods towards curing these diseases and parasites.

There are a pretty large variety of diseases, ailments, and parasites out there that can affect your tank and fish. Some of the main afflictions are:

Ich

Brookynella

Velvet

Identifying ich generally begins with behavioral signs like flashing or scraping themselves on the rocks. After that it progresses to visible signs of ich on the fish with tiny white salt like grains on the fish, the fish clamping their fins next to their body, followed with loss of appetite and finally labored respiration or gasping as it overwhelms the fish’s gills.

When it comes to identifying brookynella, the biggest issue is catching it in time. The fish's complexion will often look hazy, cloudy, or have a thick mucus coat which looks like it’s skin is sloughing off.. They loose color, fins are clamped at their sides, listless and are easily caught.

Marine Velvet is similar to brookynella but in many ways the life cycle is actually more similar to ich. However the late stage visual symptoms are maybe closer to brook in some ways. It is certainly similar to brook in that you need to catch it fast and you need to treat all of the fish in the tank. Like brook you also need to keep the tank free of fish for a couple months to prevent reinfection.

Treatment involves a few varying medications like copper, formalin, malachite green, freshwater dips and more so be sure to watch to find out which will cure your fish's ailment.

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