Why does this happen and how do I prevent it?
Disease causing bacteria, fungus and invisible parasites are present in every pond environment (although specific species may be introduced with 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 in the pond is key to avoiding and treating fish infections. Test your water for abnormalities in ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, pH and correct if necessary.
Using Pond Guardian Pond Salt with a 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.
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 tank
- be aware of pollutants entering the pond through heavy rainfall, run off into the pond, wildlife and garden chemicals like pesticides