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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Fluke Disease


Fluke disease is a worm parasite that can infect fish and possibly kill them.
 
Fluke disease can take on similar characteristics of ich and can't be necessarily seen with the naked eye. If you look close enough with a magnifying glass you may be able to see the eyes on the worms.
 
    Some of the symptoms your fish may exhibit some unusual behavior such as:

  • Rubbing against objects in the aquarium
  • Black or red bumps on skin and changes in coloration
  • Rapid breathing
  • Rushing around the aquarium
  • Some of the scales or gills may look eaten away
  • The fish may have some mucus on the body
  • Hollow belly

     
    If you are completely convinced that you have flukes in your aquarium, you should treat it to help prevent any further suffering.
     
      My suggestion for treatment is as follows:
    *These suggestions are my advice and to be taken at your own risk.*
  • Treat the aquarium to get rid of all the flukes. You will need to put Potassium Permanganate
    into the water. Follow the directions carefully when medicating. Overdosing or underdosing can kill the fish being treated.
     

    Using this type of treatment will stain the water.



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