Why does this happen and how do I prevent it?
Disease causing bacteria and fungus are present in every aquarium environment (although specific species may be introduced with new fish) but will rarely cause a problem with good water quality and happy healthy fish. Avoiding stress and keeping good water quality in the tank 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 aquarium
- damage caused by handling e.g. netting fish
- parasite infections cause skin irritation of the fish causing them to scratch and flick resulting in abrasions
Using Aquilibrium salt with treatment will help your fish recover as it makes the natural processes fish use 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
Use with any of the above