Neon Tetra Disease

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Neon Tetra Disease is a set of bacterial infections caused by a Microsporidian parasite that is normally seen infecting neon tetras, but they can infect a wide variety of different species. It is more common than many realize due to some fish being only carries of the disease, or other fish being infected (but due to their size it can appear later than it normally would in smaller fish). Sadly, most if not all of the disease's signs are shown only a few days before death since this is known...

 

Dropsy

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Dropsy is a condition that can show in even in the healthiest of fish with perfect water parameters, and it can be the end life of a fish that is near the average lifespan. It is known to be abdominal swelling that can cause the effect area's scales to stand on their ends, which will give the fish a pine-cone like an appearance when viewing at various angles. Sadly, the only known aspect found to cause this swelling is due to the kidneys of liver of the fish giving out and therefore creating...

 

Black Spot / Tang Disease (Diplopstomiasis)

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Black Spot, or more commonly known as Black Ich and the Tang Disease (due to how common it is found to be infecting Tangs that are caught in the wild) is an infestation of tiny parasite larva Phylum Platyhelminthes. These parasites can not only infect fish that have lived inside of ponds and rivers, but they can also infect snails and mammals alike. Due to the nature of these parasites, they cause very little harm to the fish host as the fish is only the first few stages of the life cycle...

 

Anchor Worms

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Anchor worms are commonly thought of as a worm, however, it truly is a large parasitic crustacean that attached itself to a fish's skin. The most commonly infected fish are those in which their setups are housed outside, such as with pond fish due to the parasite being able to move from locations during a rainy season. The most common traits that a fish will show when they are infected with anchor worms, is having the appearance of small, thin, white worms dangling from their scales.

 

Swim Bladder

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When a fish is unable to swim correctly, appears to be tilting when swimming, or is unable to even sink into the water (appears to be bloated resulting in it almost floating at the surface of the water) it is a strong sign that your fish has swim bladder disease. In many cases, this can appear to look like the fish is either unable to control it's own movements, or it can appear that the fish is dead and just floating through the current inside of your aquarium. Although it is commonly...

 

Fish Tuberculosis (Mycobacterium Tuberculosis)

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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis or also commonly called Fish Tuberculosis is a free-living bacteria that not only can affect fish species but also can be transmitted to humans. Therefore, we highly recommend care when dealing with this disease and avoiding placing your hands inside of any of the water, touching the fish directly, or dealing with any of the fish's equipment without wearing gloves or other means of protection. When spread through fish and humans, this disease will directly cause...

 

Hole in the Head (Hexamitiasis)

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Hole in the head or also commonly known as Hexamitiasis is a parasitic in which lesions will appear over the head of the fish and can cause holes through the fish's head (these can be as small as paperclips and get large up to the size of a finger in width). In most cases, there will be erosion not only around the fish's head but also in various spots around its body as well. Since a vast majority of fish carry this specific parasite in their intestines by nature, this only will show...

 

Shimmies

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Sometimes a fish will normally appear to just be swimming or hovering in fish inside of the water column, however when they shake back and forth either in space or against an object something is wrong. This symptom is called shimmies and normally is not the only symptom that a fish may be representing when this is present. Shimmies is mostly associated with livebearers as it is highly common in them when the water conditions are not ideal for their specific liking, although it can be present...