Why does this happen and how do I prevent it?
Disease causing bacteria and fungus are present in every pond environment (although specific species may be introduced by new fish or wildlife) but will rarely cause a problem with good water quality and happy healthy fish. Avoiding stress and keeping good water quality and low levels of waste/sludge in your pond is key to avoiding and treating fish infections. Test your water for abnormalities in ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, pH and correct if necessary.
Fungus and Finrot are often secondary infections of wounds on the fins or skin caused by :
- aggression from other fish in the pond
- damage caused by handling e.g. netting fish
- parasite infections cause skin irritation on the fish causing them to scratch and flick resulting in abrasions
Using Pond Guardian Pond Salt with your treatment will help your fish recover as it makes the essential processes fish use to maintain a stable internal salt content to stay alive far easier to manage.
You can also follow your initial treatment of Fungus and Bacteria with a dose of Stress Away to help the fish recover fully after treatment (refer to the product label for specific details)
Key areas to consider and regularly monitor to prevent outbreaks and aid recovery:
- complete regular maintenance
- regularly test water for abnormalities
- consider a quarantine before introducing new fish to an established community
- be aware of pollutants entering the pond through heavy rainfall, run off into the pond, wildlife and garden chemicals like pesticides
What treatment should I use?
Use with any of the above