Marine Fish Disease Guide: What to Look For and How to Treat It
At some time or another, you may experience a fish in your aquarium that has some type of illness, or may just be acting strange. Try not to panic if it happens, but do take precautionary measures to make sure that you do what is right for the fish, and be prepared to have proper treatments on the ready in case the worst happens. From experience, I can tell you that if you have a saltwater aquarium, then always have a quarantine tank set up to act as a hospital for any sick or injured fish. This will not only prevent the disease from spreading to your other fish, but it will also help out the sick or injured fish quicker than trying to treat your entire tank. I have created a guide below to help you navigate through the most common types of diseases, what to look for, and how to properly treat each disease. I have personally handled most of these diseases at one time or another just from how long I have been handling marine life, and I am listing the best possible ways on how to cure/treat your fish if unfortunate events fall upon your aquarium friends.
- Does your fish have white spots on its body?
- Does your fish have frayed or damaged fins?
- Does your fish have an odd protrusion coming out of its body?
- Does your fish seem lethargic or have a loss of appetite?
- Is your tank overcrowded?
- Is your tank properly stocked, with nothing new added?
- Does your fish seem to be breathing heavily?