If you plan to cultivate a freshwater tank it is inevitable that you will be faced with freshwater aquarium disease at some point. You have probably already heard about some of the most common diseases like cotton mouth and Ich but there are many other conditions which could affect your fish if you are not careful. Livebearing species of fish like mollies and guppies are particularly susceptible to a condition called shimmies can or livebearer disease. This condition often contributes to the development of secondary infections which can be very serious for the health of your fish. In order to address this problem properly you must first learn the basics about this condition.
Understanding the Shimmies
The first thing you need to know is that the shimmies is not actually a disease but a condition in fish brought on by poor water conditions. This condition typically manifests in the form of affected fish exhibiting behavioral changes such as rocking from side to side. Fish suffering from shimmies may also have clamped fins and labored breathing in addition to twitching or vibrating their bodies. Because fish do not typically exhibit these behaviors for extended periods of time, identifying and diagnosing the shimmies is generally fairly easy. Once you know that your fish are suffering from this condition it is up to you to determine the cause and to remedy it.
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One of the most enjoyable parts of owning an aquarium is watching your fish thrive and grow. If you care for your fish properly and maintain a healthy tank environment, you should have relatively few problems. In some cases, however, aquarium hobbyists find that their fish either fade in color over time or simply fail to achieve their maximum potential coloration. If you are experiencing this problem, take the time to learn what causes fish to fade in color and what you can do to prevent or repair it. You may also want to look into certain species of fish that are naturally colorful.
What Causes Color to Fade?
There are a variety of factors which may contribute to fading color in freshwater aquarium fish. Unfortunately, fading color is often a consequence of multiple factors so it can be tricky not only to identify the problem but to fix it as well. One of the most common causes of fading color in aquarium fish, however, is inadequate diet. Inexperienced aquarium hobbyists often assume that commercial flake foods or pellets will meet all of the nutritional needs of their aquarium fish. While these foods are formulated to provide fish with most of the nutrients they need, aquarium fish are not likely to reach their full potential for health, size and coloration when fed a diet of commercial foods alone. In order to improve fading color in aquarium fish it is important to offer a varied diet of live, frozen and freeze-dried...read more
If you are going to cultivate a freshwater aquarium it is inevitable that you will have to deal with aquarium fish disease at one point or another. The truth of the matter is that aquarium fish can be exposed to pathogens in a variety of ways and there is a good chance that at some point, they will get sick. The best thing you can do is keep the water quality in your tank high and do your best to learn about the diseases your fish might be exposed to so you can treat them effectively. There are a variety of freshwater aquarium fish diseases to look out for but if you plan to keep cichlids there are a few in particular that you should be aware of. Cichlids are particularly susceptible to several aquarium fish diseases so if you learn about how to treat and prevent them now, you and your fish will be better off later.read more
Swim Bladder Disease
As suggested by the name, swim bladder disease affects the part of the cichlid known as the swim bladder. The swim bladder is an abdominal sac lined with epithelium that helps the fish stay afloat. When a cichlid is affected by swim bladder disease, it has difficulty staying submerged. There are a variety of potential causes for this disease – external trauma via physical injury can potentially affect the swim bladder as can certain secondary diseases such as cancer and tuberculosis. Another common cause for this condition is dietary – fish...
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