It can be hard to know what to do when you have a sick aquarium fish. After all, treating a fish's infection isn't exactly the same as treating the common cold. However, there are some steps you can take to ensure your sick fish is properly cared for and illness is prevented throughout your tank.
New Fish? Keep That Little Guy Separate
Maybe you just got a new fish to add to the family. It's so exciting to add another little swimmer to your aquarium, but before you do, it's best to put them in a quarantine tank for a little while. Because you cannot be sure what illnesses your new fish could be carrying, it's important to put sweet new Bubbles in a tank away from Finn, Tabitha, and the others before adding him to the family. If you haven't done this with new fish in the past, now is the time to start (especially in saltwater aquariums).
What Your Fish Has and How to Treat It
It can be hard to know what kind of infection your fish is suffering from, especially if you are new to keeping fish. There are medications you can use to fight off parasitic, bacterial, and fungal infections. If you are unsure what your fish has, find different medications which are safe to use with each other to treat your fish for all three. Just be sure the combination you use is safe. If you know what your fish is suffering from, use a medication specific to that type of infection. If your whole tank has been exposed to illness, it is best to medicate the whole tank in order to prevent further problems.
A Healthy, Happy Aquarium
There are so many important steps in caring for an aquarium of fish. It can be hard to know how to prevent and treat illness in your tank, especially if you're new to it. Make sure you take the proper steps to ensure the safety of your fish, and you'll find yourself with a healthier, happier aquarium.
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