How To Tell If Your Fish Is Sick

One Sick Fish Can Contaminate an Entire Tank

Like other pets, fish are prone to falling ill. In order to get your fish the antidote it needs, you’ll need to observe its behaviors closely and follow the steps below in order to help diagnose what is ailing him.

Step 1

Look for lethargy. If your fish appears to be less active and has a decreased appetite, these are signs of trouble. If this is accompanied by a bloated tummy and less bowel movements, your fish might be suffering from constipation.

Step 2

Know your colors. Your fish should not spontaneously develop new colors on his fins and scales. If he develops white spots on his body, he might be suffering from ick. A good way to tell if he has ick is if it appears as though he’s been sprinkled with white powder. Your fish might also appear to be scratching himself against items in the tank. Ick is the most common aquarium disease and can usually be treated with drops of medicine in the tank.

Step 3

More colors! If your fish has green or brown round spots, he might have fish lice. If he has red spots or streaks on his body, he might have become victim to a bacterial infection. This will usually be accompanied with bulging eyes.

Step 4

Fungus among us? If your fish’s fins are white and appear ragged, he might have caught a fungus.  If the fungus is in his eyes, you’ll notice that he has a white or gray material on his eyes, or they will appear cloudy.

Step 5

If your fish is laying flat at the top of the tank or near the bottom of the tank, this is not a good sign. He might be suffering from a disorder with his swim bladder. He will appear as if he were dead but a rap on the tank will prove that he is not in fact dead. This disorder is also characterized by uncoordinated swimming, as if your fish has had one alcoholic beverage too many.

Step 6

Water quality issues? Any signs of general laziness, without other symptoms, might be indicative of a problem with your tank water. Fish are prone to stress when their environment is not ideal. Begin troubleshooting by checking your water filtration, the temperature of your tank, and the tank lighting.

Your observations of your fish’s behavior will be his best bet for speedy treatment and recovery.

This article was provided by collin walker who is an author for which is on online pet shop featuring dog car seat covers, dog beds and patio pet doors.

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