Tropical - Fish - Pictures .com

This is a tropical fish site for all tropical fish enthusiasts from beginner to expert. It has some nice tropical fish pictures and will hopefully have something of interest for all freshwater and marine fish keepers. These tropical fish pages provide some information about some of my favourite fish, along with tropical fish pictures of them. I have kept fish for many years now, ranging from community to marine. Over this period I have been drawn towards catfish, and the cichlids, which I must confess, through there antics have become my favourites. I now keep African and American cichlids, along with some catfish and plecs.

 
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Disease

There are many fish diseases and the few cures for them. This is due to the fact that you can not treat what you can not diagnose... and fish cant tell you that they have a headache or sore stomach for you to diagnose. With a little care and maintenance most diseases can be prevented. Things such as effective water condition, pH, temperature etc., and checking fish that are to be introduced into the existing tank first all help reduce the risk of disease.

There are some fairly common diseases that if picked up early can be treated. These are the symptoms and the potential cures although see you pet shop for advise as I take no responsibility for these cures, they seem to work sometimes but maybe completely useless .

  • Fin rot: Symptoms include ragged, inflamed "eaten" looking opaque fins. Cures include increasing aeration, adding a multi purpose cure to the tank from the pet shop. If only the tip of the fin is damaged, and just the very tip, it can be clipped off if done quickly and with a household antiseptic applied to the scissors before hand.
  • White spot: otherwise known as Ich. The symptoms are white spots covering the body, manifest itching on gravel, rocks, or wood. Treat by increasing the temperature a couple of degrees (28oC-30oC). Add appropriate drops, according to the bottle, of methylene blue or a reputable brand of white spot treatment.
  • Fungus: Appears as cottony body growths and can be treated using a mixture of malachite green and methylene blue in appropriate quantities.
  • Dropsy: Symptoms include body swelling, protruding scales and can be helped by increasing the temperature a couple of degrees and by adding a few pinches of sea salt to the water.

Your local aquarium supplier, vet, or pet shop, will be happy to help you with treatment if you tell them or show them the effected fish and bring in a sample of tank water.


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