12. Treatment

Diseases are generally not a problem in aquariums which have over-filtered, crystal clear, bacteria free water.

The Key to Good Fish Health is Clean, Bacteria Free Water

Note this does not mean water which is changed frequently.  The idea that water changes create good health is a myth. The idea that water which has “good water parameters” will give good health is also a myth.

We go into that in more depth in this link:

12.9. Avoiding Fish Diseases (links to aquariumscience.org)

Uaru amphiacanthoides Uaru Cichlid
Uaru amphiacanthoides Uaru Cichlid

General Articles on Disease Treatment

One caution about diagnosing fish diseases. Even with a microscopic examination fish diseases are not easy to diagnose. Most hobbyists have only what their eyes tell them to go on as to what any fish disease is. This means that diagnosis of any fish disease is simply a “best guess”. And these “best guesses” are frequently wrong. So keep this in mind in all the following treatment articles.

There are some general articles which will be useful when treating any fish disease:

12.1. Basics of Treatment (links to aquariumscience.org)

12.2. Various Treatments Summarized (links to aquariumscience.org)

12.3. Quarantine Tanks (links to aquariumscience.org)

12.4. Ineffective Medications (links to aquariumscience.org)

12.5. Fish Don’t Drink (links to aquariumscience.org)

12.6. Sterilization (links to aquariumscience.org)

12.7. Making Medicated Food (links to aquariumscience.org)

12.8. Euthanizing a Fish (links to aquariumscience.org)

12.9. Avoiding Fish Diseases (links to aquariumscience.org)

12.10. The “Shotgun” Approach (links to aquariumscience.org)

Tropheus moorii Red Moliro
Tropheus moorii Red Moliro

This is in addition to the last chapter on symptoms. The articles in this chapter are as follows:

11.1. Hole-in-the-head Syndrome (links to aquariumscience.org)

11.2. Stringy White Poop (links to aquariumscience.org)

11.3. Malawi Bloat (links to aquariumscience.org)

11.4. Dropsy (links to aquariumscience.org)

11.5. Hollow Belly (links to aquariumscience.org)

11.6. Swim Bladder Disease (links to aquariumscience.org)

11.7. Shimmying (links to aquariumscience.org)

11.8. Twirling (links to aquariumscience.org)

Toxotes blythii Burmese Archer Fish
Toxotes blythii Burmese Archer Fish

11.9. Spinal Deformities (links to aquariumscience.org)

11.10. White Skin Blotches (links to aquariumscience.org)

11.11. Red Skin Blotches (links to aquariumscience.org)

11.12. Neon Tetra Disease (links to aquariumscience.org)

11.13. Slime Coat Disease (links to aquariumscience.org)

11.14. Scaly Skin (links to aquariumscience.org)

11.15. Fish Not Eating (links to aquariumscience.org)

11.16. Aggression (links to aquariumscience.org)

11.17 Black Death (links to aquariumscience.org)

11.18. Black Head Syndrome (links to aquariumscience.org)

Tropheops Yellow Thumbi
Tropheops Yellow Thumbi

These articles in turn are in addition to all the articles on specific diseases:

10.1. Diseases in General (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.2. External Protozoans (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.2.2. Ich (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.2.3. Velvet (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.2.4. Epistylis (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.2.5. Chilodonella and Costia (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.2.6. Tetrahymena (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.2.7. Cryptobia (links to aquariumscience.org)

Synodontis nigriventris Upside Down Catfish
Synodontis nigriventris Upside Down Catfish

10.3. Bacterial Diseases (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.3.1. Skin Ulcers (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.3.2. Mouth Rot (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.3.3. Duck Lips (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.3.4. Fin Rot (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.3.5. Saddleback (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.3.6. Red Blotches (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.3.7. White Eyes (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.3.8. Pop Eyes (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.3.9. Red Gills (links to aquariumscience.org)

Sturisoma panamense Royal Whiptail Catfish
Sturisoma panamense Royal Whiptail Catfish

10.4. Tuberculosis (Fish TB) (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.5. Hexamita (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.6. Flukes (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.7. Fish Saprolegnia or “Fungus” (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.8. Lymphocystis (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.9. Anchor Worms (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.10. Black Spot (links to aquariumscience.org)

Apistogramma cacatuoides Cockatoo Cichlid
Apistogramma cacatuoides Cockatoo Cichlid

10.11. Tapeworms (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.12. Nematodes (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.12.1. Camallanus (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.12.2. Capillaria (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.13. Pests in the Aquarium (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.14. Fish Lice (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.15. Dwarf Gourami Disease (links to aquariumscience.org)

10.16. Graphite Disease in Bettas (links to aquariumscience.org)

Stiphodon atropurpureus Neon Blue River Goby
Stiphodon atropurpureus Neon Blue River Goby

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