View Full Version : First steps in disease treatment

09/25/2017, 07:20 PM
This thread is to help people post in the fish disease and treatment forum, to maximize there success in treating fish disease.please keep in mind this is not to sound arrogant it just speeds up the process in getting you the right info the first time and with several of these parasites or bacterial infections time is of the utmost importance.
First and most importantly a good picture or 2 will help diagnose your fish, it will also help to eliminate a lot of redundant questions that the people trying to help have to ask each time. Next and equally important post at least the 3 critical water parameters ammonia nitrite and nitrate. If the fish are in qt (quarantine tank) or DT (display tank) what live stock are affected and what live stock are in with the affect fish. Give as much detail as possible in the first post this helps to reduce miss information such as, example: I have a clown with velvet and we suggest treat it with cp and later we find out there's also a wrasse in the tank well cp can't be used. Other details to include are heavy breathing, flashing, scratching,swimming into the return pump current or a power head flow,what marks you see on the fish and were you see them( this helps us to look at the spots in question).
Finally there is a lot of info in this forum that are stickies it is in your best Interest to read these stickies and have an idea of how to set up a qt a ht(hospital tank) and what medicines an aquarist should have on hand at all times. What velvet, ick,brooklynella ect look like and the symptoms this saves you and your fish Valuable time.
Know I'm going to give the best piece of advise I can think of that you should start treatment with for a fish breathing heavy, flashing and scratching ect if at all possible this should be done before posting because it will definitely be one of the first questions asked.
Do a freshwater dip and check for flukes then post your findings, this is a huge step in diagnosing a fish with these symptoms. Good luck and happy fish keeping.