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It’s every aquarist’s biggest fear; you look in your fish tank and there it is, little white spots on your favorite exotic fish…now what?

When treating exotic fish diseases, first things first, don’t panic! Check all of the other inhabitants of your aquarium so you can asses the extent of the infection. Start with your the basics:

Steps to Treating Sick Exotic Fish

  • Check the temperature- Make sure that your heater is working and that the aquarium temperature is at the proper level.
  • Check the air supply- Make sure that the oxygen levels are stable and that your fish aren’t suffocating.
  • Check the filtration- Make sure all your pumps and fliters are in working order.

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Once you’ve done these simple steps to eliminate them as causes for your sick fish, then it is time to check your water chemistry. You can do this yourself using a home kit available at Jim’s Exotic Fish or have it tested at your local aquarium store.

Now before you jump the gun and dump a bunch of chemicals or medications into your fish tank, go to your local fish store and get good advice and proper treatments based on the type of exotic fish aquarium you have.

Once you have your medication for your specific disease, read the instructions carefully and do not overdose. You must be very sure of your aquarium’s water volumue and the special requirements of your fish.

Medications are made specially for each type of exotic fish environment, and each one has differing strengths and applications.

If you are treating freshwater exotic fish tanks, then you have it much easier that saltwater exotic fish aquarium customers. Living reef aquariums are the most diffucult to treat and require the most caution, as almost all medications will adversely affect your corals and live sand and rock.

Treating Reef Exotic Fish for Diseases

In treating a reef tank for exotic fish diseases, we have found several ways to get the best reasults with the least impact on the delciate inhabitants. Some of the more effective options to treat infected reefs that I have had success with include:

  • Switching to Medicated foods
  • Lowering your salt levels temporarily
  • Installing ultra Violet filters
  • Installing an ozone generator

In my experience, I have found that each aquarium is differant and that you must custom taylor the course of treatement based on the specifactions needed for each case.

When talking with us about your exotic fish aquarium and diseases, please help us out  by knowing what equipment you have, how many gallons of water are in your tank or what the dimensions are so we can calculate the volume ourselves. It’s also important to let us know how long it has been established and when the last water change was. The more informed we are about your exotic fish aquarium, the better we can plan a treatment course for the best chance of a total cure with the least impact

Tune in next week to Jim’s Exotic Fish Blog for more fish keeping secrets

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