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Infections and Fish

Fish live in the water, but they are not protected from some types of worm infections. One might think that a worm canít live in the water, but there are types of worms that can infect and kill off your fish if you are not careful in watching your fish. In this article, we are going to talk a bit about infections of the fish, and worms that can harm your fish.

One type of worm infection that fish suffer from is a gill fluke infection. The gill fluke infection is when the gills are inflamed. There is an over abundance of mucus on the gills. This mucus builds up and cuts off the air that the fish is getting, suffocating the fish slowly.

Remedies for this gill fluke infection include the sure of sulfates as a salt bath. Putting your fish in a salt bath for just a few minutes or by using methylene blue, or even a bath mixture containing Formalin will help your fish along.

Skin fluke infection is another type of infection that can kill fish. This is where the skin or the fins on a fish will become infected. The fish has a hard time swimming and often sinks. If your see your fish scratching on the side of the pond or on rocks, your fish might be suffering from this infection. Similar treatments include those that are used to treat gill fluke infections.

Fish louse is a type of infection that causes fish to appear very jumpy and to be very active. The fish suffering from this type of infection will often lose their scales, and sometimes even their color. Removing the fish from the pond, and physically removing the parasites from the fish with a pair tweezers. Treatment with an organophosphate bath could help as well.

Anchor worm is a type of worm that can infect and kill fish in the water garden. The worm is really a parasite, a long and thin looking worm that can attach to the exterior portions of the fish, and with one end of the worm attacking the inside of the fish. copper sulphate, or treatment using potassium permanganate can help rid fish of this worm.
 

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