Occasionally we hear people comment, with some pride, that their incidences of fish diseases are usually low. Although their intent is commendable, their true goal should be NO diseases at all! Is this be realistic? You bet it is. Accomplished fish keepers do it all the time. But before looking at how to maintain healthy fish itís important to point out that all fish are infected by at least one and often several species of parasites. These parasites are, in fact, a natural part of their environment. If the fish are in good condition generally, their immune system (the bodyís natural means of countering disease) will be active and capable of controlling the infection, ensuring that parasites are present only in very small numbers.
If a fish becomes unhealthy for any reason - for example, due to poor water quality, poor nutrition or stress - the immune system will be suppressed, allowing the parasites to multiply and cause problems.
To help you attain a 0% of illness in your fish weíve listed a few basic guidelines:
Make every attempt to accurately diagnose an illness before medicating. Itís also advisable to use only one medication at a time. Changing the water is probably the most beneficial action you can take. Youíd be surprised at how often recovery takes place just by doing that!
It goes without saying that you should try to understand the needs of all your fish and keep together in one tank only those whose water quality requirements and personalities are compatible. We welcome your questions and will help you get the answers you need to be a successful fish keeper.ēēē