How To Identify And Get Rid Of Goldfish Illness
Goldfish illness can be an awful thing to discover, as we usually have little notice before they give up and die. Keeping your goldfish in an unfiltered bowl can cause a few more types of goldfish illness than with a filtered tank, as bacteria and fungus tend to build up eventually, no matter how well or how often you change their water. Goldfish are pretty hardy, but they are still one of the more delicate and mysterious animals that we choose to keep, so having preventative measures and a bit of information on hand before purchasing your fish can be of great help to both of you in the future. Cloudy water means that there is a greater risk for goldfish illness to present itself, so watch closely and be ready to help.
Ich is the most common and deadly goldfish illness, and it strikes a great many types of fish and aquatic life. This is a single cell organism, a parasite who is surprisingly efficient at causing a lot of damage in a very short period of time. You can recognize the presence of this parasite by looking for a speckling or coating on areas of the fish which looks sort of like sugar. Though it is most likely to show on the fins first, ich can cover the entire body. This is an absolutely devastating discovery to come across in your tank, and death is usually eminent within three days of visible signs of this goldfish illness unless it is treated aggressive right away.
Another goldfish illness that you may need to watch for is tail rot. Be careful not to confuse this disease with bites from other fish, as this is also quite common. If your fish lives alone, or if the social altitude within the tank is completely harmonious, you may need to figure out what type of bacteria is present that is causing the loss of your fish’s all important tail and fins. More importantly, you will need to medicate the water and consult with your local aquatic expert for advice on ridding your goldfish of this nasty problem.
Goldfish illness know as black spot disease can be caused by two very different culprits, the first of which is an over abundance of ammonia in the tank, or ammonia burn. This is painful for your fish, and can lead to death if it is severe enough. The other cause is bacterial, and again, you will need to medicate your tank water based on the advice of your most trusted aquatic source. Should you experience a complete tank failure, you will want to completely disinfect and sterilize all of your tank accessories before attempting to start again with new fish.