Monday, 10 December 2012

Underlying Health Problems Affecting Goldfish

To make sure that goldfish stays healthy without any infection or disease, you need to understand the basic care and requirements of your pets. Just ask yourself, when was the last time that you have checked and confirmed that water quality is okay. How about water change and tank cleaning? Has the filter been properly maintained to ensure that it is not clogged? As a goldfish care owner, it is your duty to maintain the best water quality, maintain the right pH and getting ammonia, nitrite and nitrate reading to be as low as possible. Remember their life depends entirely on you.

Healthy goldfish with bright coloration
There are different root causes that can induce stress in goldfish. Most common occurrences are usually as a result of overcrowding tank and sudden change in water temperature. Another possible area, you should also look into is the rough handling especially when transferring the fish from one tank to another and sometimes injury can be self inflicted caused by aquarium ornaments with sharp edges. How well you control and lower the stress level basically determines how successful you are with the hobby. Sometimes there are things (underlying causes) that we may not realize whereby much too frequent water change can also have devastating effect because the fish cannot adjust so suddenly with the change in the environment to cope up with it. Sometimes goldfish living in pond will also be exposed to the potential hazards coming from herbicides applied to the lawn. This can cause acute or chronic poisoning and worst possible scenario is death. Algaecides is also one of the culprit used to deal with algae bloom, so beware of what you apply to the pond.

Goldfish diseases will often develop when the fish are stressed out because at this point their immune system is at its weakest point. Sometimes disease can spread and passed on from one goldfish to another. The most common example is when you are buying goldfish from the pet stores and then failed to properly perform quarantine procedure. If you suspect diseases are fast spreading (by observing the symptoms), make sure you have the proper goldfish medication at hand. Immediately remove the sick fish and isolate it to the other tanks and perform water changes in order to promote recovery. Often rescue efforts come just too late because the owner failed to take fast action. Problems can also arise from failure to conduct and properly identify the correct disease and apply the right medication to treat it.


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