It is hard to deny that fish are adorable creatures and make great pets. There are many advantages of keeping pet fish as compared to cats or dogs.
Pet fish can only stay in the aquarium/ tank or pond. Hence, you don’t have to worry about cleaning the poop or taking the fish for a walk every day.
I have come across innumerable people who love keeping (or would love to keep) variety of fish.
Their exotic colorful body and the ease in the care aspect is why people are so intrigued about keeping pet fish.
All that is true but what is also true is that many people fail to understand that fish can encounter a variety of diseases very easily.
Even one simple mistake on your side may create a hazard in the life of a fish.
If you are reading this article, you are probably just like me who loves keeping pet fish.
I have had an aquarium ever since I was 6 and had my fair share of disasters when it comes to keeping fish as pets.
I remember one time, when I was 11 years old; I had added 8 medium sized fish in a 15 gallon aquarium.
I had a feeling that wasn’t such a good idea. And sure enough within 4 weeks, three of the fish died due to overcrowding. That was a great lesson learned.
I learned another lesson couple of years after the above incident.
This time I lost quite a few fish due to the incompatibility of the different species of fish I had introduced into my existing tank.
There are more incidences like that where I have lost my fish because I didn’t have the knowledge about keeping them.
Even though you take top precautions, sometimes your fish will get sick. You may even have to take your pet to an experienced fish doctor if you want to save them.
This is very true if you have a fish that has cost you quite a bit of money and you don’t want to lose the fish.
How will you know that your fish is ill?
A lot of times, pet fish owners fail to understand what their innocent little creatures are suffering from.
Sometimes fish show abnormal behaviors that force us to scratch our head and think “What can actually go wrong with my Goldy?!”
In such cases, only a vet can tell you what is making your fish behave like this.
Before I go any further, I would advise you to keep a close eye on your fish. If you aren’t vigilant, you may miss some or all important common symptoms before it is too late.
Common symptoms mainly comprises of weariness, white patches on the skin, rubbing against the wall, swimming near the surface of water, rotten gill, etc.
These common symptoms are indicators of something going wrong and you may need to take them to a fish doctor.
What can a fish doctor do?
An experienced vet (fish doctor) can help you in a variety of ways.
They can give you suggestions and preventive measures to help you keep your fish in a happy and a healthy surrounding.
If your fish is suffering from nutritional disorder then they can give you a nutritional advice.
Different species of fish may require different set of diet. If a gold fish likes to have pellets, it does not mean that a trigger fish would have the same thing.
Flakes and pellets are considered balanced nutritional diet for most fish species. However, there are other species that need plants or live fish as a part of their complete diet.
At times, your fish may get stressed and this can directly impact their immune system and consequently be prone to various diseases.
Only a vet will be able to diagnose and treat your fish the right way. He/she will be able to tell you the right medicines to use if necessary.
For common illnesses, the vet may just examine the fish physically. He/she may either treat the fish right then or give you instructions on ways to treat them.
If there is a serious problem, the fish doctor may also analyze the tissue and fluid samples of your pet fish.
He/she may collect the skin and tissue samples in a glass slide and put it under the microscope to examine them.
If the disease is rare and intensive care is required, there may be other advanced procedures to treat the fish. The fish may also need to get x-rays done.
Every living being needs love and care to recuperate and get to feeling better. Likewise, fish need proper care to get better and flourish.
One thing is for sure – when in doubt, always consult a vet. A good fish doctor with a great deal of experience can make a big difference.
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