Fish Disease and Treatment

  1. The Bacterial Infection Predicament

    Please do not view the information below as a shortcut to quarantine. Use it only in an EMERGENCY SITUATION when treating a fish with parasites/worms PLUS a serious bacterial infection.
  2. LFS Fish “Treatment” & The “Sudden” Need for Quarantine

    So why is everyone pushing quarantining these days? So what is the deal, anyway? I do not need to intricately discuss the importance of quarantining, or how to do it. It’s been covered very well in other articles. I do, however, want to address the reason that there are so many quarantine and preventative-treatment cheerleaders throughout Reef2Reef and the reefing community.
  3. Video - How to do a Freshwater Dip

    Freshwater dips are a very important diagnostic tool when you have a sick fish. Since it can help flush out the excess mucus that can and does build up in the gills with a parasite infestation, it can be lifesaving as well. It will even confirm a flukes infestation. It’s important to know how to perform a freshwater dip since so much can be gained from it. We are going to go through the steps here together.
  4. Video - How to sterilize a Quarantine Tank

    A quick guide and video explaining how I sterilize a quarantine tank. You can use this method or adapt it to make your own.
  5. Fish Disease Index - Pictorial Guide

    Use this guide to find a picture that most closely matches your fish's symptoms. Click the link, if available for more detailed information on the disease and how to treat it.
  6. Fish and Treatment Guidelines (with chart)

    The following chart is a quick reference guide on what QT protocol should be used according to which type of fish you are running through QT. It will give you an idea of which methods are generally safest with certain species but is not meant to be absolute in most cases. All fish are individuals and can and will react differently than the norm to certain medications or situations. Just because most tangs do well in copper doesn’t mean that every tang will do well. The chart is numbered in...
  7. Euthanasia - is it morally sound?

    It's likely as aquarists we will encounter a fish that is sick and suffering. Do fish deserve the same dignity other pets are afforded? What must be taken into consideration, when determining if a fish is a candidate for euthanasia.
  8. Comprehensive Marine Quarantine - Transfer Method II and Hyposalinity

    The best way to avoid having a disease infection in your main display aquarium is to have a proactive and comprehensive quarantine system from the start as professional aquarist have learned from experience. This article is to encourage all marine aquarist, of every level, to have a quarantine system using current best practices, where you can easily proactively treat for 99% of all marine fish diseases before they show up in your main display aquarium. Best case scenario you will need to...
  9. Ich! Eradication vs. Management

    Should you attempt to rid your tank completely of ich or should you try and "manage" the problem? R2R's Humblefish (the well respected and much-relied upon "Dr. Fish") presents an excellent guide to pros and cons of ich eradication vs. ich management. This article is a must-read for anyone new to the saltwater aquarium hobby. Seasoned pros will also find it highly informative. So dive in!
  10. It's 2016, where is the ich vaccine?

    In 2014 a US patent was awarded (Patent #: 8758774 B2) for a vaccination against marine ich and several other common aquatic diseases, most notable vibriosis. The vaccine was created by taking skin swabs from fish infected with the parasite. Cerebral spinal fluid is then removed from the infected fish and added to a fluid containing the parasite (de-activated via formalin).
  11. EMERGENCY FISH OPERATION: Venting A Swim Bladder

    Editor’s Note: In the saltwater aquarium hobby, there are many challenges ranging from day to day tasks of maintaining a stable ecosystem to the more difficult issues that can arise due to disease or other problems in the reef. However, some of the rarest issues are those which require something like what you will be reading about below. Few of us have had the situation arise in which we have to do anything like operating surgically on a fish, and this task isn’t for the faint of heart. Rich...
  12. TANK TERROR: Bacterial Infections In The Reef Tank

    Editor’s Note: The reef aquarium hobby is not for the faint of heart. Maintaining a complex ecosystem can be a daunting task with many variables in play that all have effect on one another. However, beyond the effort to maintain the ecosystem and address common day-to-day issues, there are catastrophic situations which can place the entire place the life in the reef tank in great peril. Many of these “Tank Terrors” can strike literally overnight leaving a trail of rapid death in their wake....
  13. TANK TERROR: Identifying And Treating Marine Velvet

    The reef aquarium hobby is not for the faint of heart. Maintaining a complex ecosystem can be a daunting task with many variables in play that all have effect on one another. However, beyond the effort to maintain the ecosystem and address common day-to-day issues, there are catastrophic situations which can place the entire place the life in the reef tank in great peril. Many of these “Tank Terrors” can strike literally overnight leaving a trail of rapid death in their wake. In this...
  14. Ich and Acanthurus tangs - Years of experience and ich management

    Alright folks I wanted to share some pretty shameful realities about my past and dealing with Acanthurus tangs. To anyone that doesn't know, common Acanthurus tangs include Powder Blue, Powder Brown, Goldrim/white cheek, Achilles, Sohal, Clown, Carribean Blue, Orange Shoulder, Chocolate, and many less common tangs.
  15. How to Quarantine

    How to Quarantine The purpose of this article is to present an argument for quarantining saltwater fish, and then show the reader how to setup a Quarantine Tank (QT) and discuss quarantine protocols. Why quarantine? Setting up a QT does not have to be expensive or complicated. The saying “simple is better” applies here. So, let’s first list the reasons why you should quarantine: In addition to being able to treat a new fish for diseases, you are protecting your “core group” of fish in...
  16. Like a 'broken record'...(Quarantine- again)

    I spoke with a fairly advanced reefer the other day, who had a terrible tragedy in his reef that could have been avoided with a very simple practice; one which he should have developed during his hobby "infancy." But he didn't. And he paid the price with lots of expensive dead fish. I've heard this so many times before that it's not even funny. It seems that the longer I've been in this hobby, the more often the same issues keep coming up. We seem to collectively go through periods of...
  17. Copper Treatment For Marine Ich

    Copper treatment is a very effective way to rid and prevent Marine Ich. In a Fish Only system you can dose the display tank with it, but do not expect to ever keep a snail, shrimp, coral, anemone, or anything else BUT fish. This is one good reason a quarantine tank is a must for anyone who wants to have corals and it is not hard at all.
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