Category: illnesses

Saltwater aquarium maintenance

aquarium-vacuum

Saltwater aquarium maintenance List of recommended Saltwater fish for beginners. Setting up a saltwater tank step by step guide. The importance of live rock and live sand in maintaining a healthy saltwater aquarium. Daily tasks in saltwater aquarium maintenance Once your saltwater aquarium has become properly established with all the fish, corals and invertebrates that you want …

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Common livebearer illnesses: how to recognise and treat them

pineapple male swordtail

Common livebearer illnesses livebearers facts and info How to maintain healthy livebearers Most tank raised livebearers are quite healthy fish. In other words they hardly ever get sick as long as their aquarum is kept clean and healthy and nothing goes wrong such as a faulty heater. However, dirty water, overcrowded aquariums, overfeeding or even …

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Maintaining a healthy livebearer aquarium

guppies and platies in a community tank

Healthy water leads to healthy fish Diagnose and treat Livebearer illnesses here. The secret to keeping healthy livebearers is in keeping the water they live in healthy and suitable for them to live in. The major element in maintaining healthy water is the continuous removal of pollution from the water. Where does aquarium pollution come from? Pollution …

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Why do my fish keep dying?

two dead goldfish neglected in an aquarium

Why do my fish keep dying? Mistakes beginner fishkeepers make There can be several reasons for the death of your fish; however for beginners the main reason is new tank syndrome. This is a situation where you have bought new fish and placed them in a newly set up aquarium. Your fish start dying and …

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Fungus – the ever present danger to fish and eggs

This golden julie from lake tanganyika has fungus

Fungus – the ever present danger – to fish and eggs There are many species of aquatic fungus but by far the most common two are saprolegnia and achlya. Symptoms of fungal attack Fungus occurs as white, grey and sometimes brown fluffy growths on the skin or fins of fish or on developing eggs from …

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The danger and treatment of anchor worms

Removing anchor worms from fish can be tricky

Description and treatment of anchor worms Anchor worms are so called because it has an organ that looks like a ship’s anchor which it uses to attach itself to the body of a fish. Scientists call anchor worms Lernea. This is a parasite that is visible to the naked eye. What you will see is …

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Why the Zebrafish will Never Die of a Broken Heart

male adult zebrafish or zebra danio

Dr Jana Koth works at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, studying how the tiny Himalayan freshwater zebrafish repairs its heart after damage.   More than 6,700 people in Oxfordshire were affected by heart failure in 2011/12.   By looking at the way the zebrafish’s heart repairs itself after …

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