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Sick Fish Care - The Secret Tips

Updated on January 2, 2014

Fish Health

How can you safely tell whether or not you have brought home an entire school of sick or healthy fish? Whether you have ordered your fish online and have them delivered to your home or have purchased them directly from the pet store, there is no way to tell the prior physical or overall medical condition of your fish. Your fish could have experienced injuries such as tissue damages during shipping and handling or even when they were being netted from their original habitat.

There is also the possibility that the quality of the water in which they were being kept or originally reared could have been poor. Poor quality water often harbors the growth of harmful bacteria, fungus and other opportunistic parasites. These bacterial and fungal pathogens may have invaded and infected the fish. As a result,chances are you may have taken home a sick fish with either bacterial infections, fungal infections, external parasites, internal parasites or even serious injuries.

Why Keep A Secondary Aquarium

If you occasionally add fish to your main aquarium, for all the above reasons, it is extremely important that you keep a smaller aquarium at hand. This secondary aquarium can be used to quarantine all new fish, before acclimating them to your main or primary aquarium with all the other fish. Should other fish in your main aquarium become ill, a secondary aquarium may also serve as an isolation area to treat them. It is usually best to treat sick fish or injured fish separately from the rest of the school.

The Importance of A Fish First Aid Kit

You can never predict when an emergency may strike, so it is always best to be well prepared at all times. You may arrived home one night to see one or more of your fish displaying some abnormal behaviors such as scratching against fixed objects, labored breathing and so on, or you might suddenly realized that their colors have changed dramatically. If you have a fish first aid kit at hand consisting of the medications that are commonly used to treat some of the most common fish diseases or infections, chances are you might be able to save the lives of those fish or prevent the infection from invading the entire school or aquarium environment.


It is very important that you pay very close attention to your fish. Examine them on a daily basis. You should also be able to detect signs and behaviors of a sick fish. Always keep an emergency fish first aid kit at hand and a smaller secondary aquarium which may serve as an emergency room for sick fish. For more information on combating fish diseases and sick fish care, visit


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