article: Managing Fish Health
Managing Fish Health
Providing your fish with a great environment and a balanced diet will promote
healthy fish. While there are always going to be some portions of their health
that you just canít control (just as your own) there are also a few topics about
your fish health that you should be aware of.
Your fish can be harmed by pathogenic organisms, which are directly and
sometimes indirectly related to how you control your environment in the water
garden. When these organisms affect your water garden, they will put additional
stress on your fish that is how your fish health is affected.
To determine a good diet for your fish, you will need to consider all the risks
involved in feeding different types of food. Are your fish going to be totally
dependant on you feeding them or should they be catching some of their own food
You will also have to take into consideration what type of fish you are feeding.
Do they have very large stomachs or just small ones? This will also help you
determine what types of food that they need for a balanced stress free diet. For
example, if a fish has very small intestines they will be very unlikely to eat
You will find will studying your particular types of fish, that they are going
to eat anywhere from two to twenty percent of their body weight everyday. Of
course the younger the fish, the more they are going to eat while they are
growing, older fish might need more as their bodies are changing as well.
There are many factors that will determine whether your fish are going to be
susceptible to disease such as their diet, the quality of the water, their own
history, their handling before they came to you, their handling during delivery
to you, and outside chemicals which can affect the water garden. Even with the
most careful handling, your fish can still be susceptible to disease, because
there are many viral and bacteria in the environment as well.
Most all diseases that are prevalent in fish canít be transmitted to humans, but
you still have to be careful because there are a few that can transmit to humans
but under the rarest circumstances. Washing your hands after handling fish, and
not handling fish when you have large cuts or open sores on your skin will
ensure your own safety.