Like humans, if fish are weakened or stressed, their ability to fight off infection is compromised. Conditions which can trigger illness include poor water quality, poor diet, and overcrowded conditions.
Diagnosing disease in pond fish isn't always easy, but the most important step is to determine what kind of disease your fish may have contracted in order to use the proper treatment.
Fungus is a secondary infection resulting from bacterial disease, as fungus develops and feeds off of dead tissue left behind from ulcers, fin and tail rot, and other bacterial problems. Fungal infections usually appear as white, fuzzy growth on the mouth, skin, and fins. To treat these symptoms, dose with API® POND PIMAFIX™ fish remedy, which uses the natural antifungal properties of the West Indian Bay Tree to stop fungus growth and promote healing of damaged fish tissue.
Symptoms of bacterial infections may include split, ragged, or eroded fins, white-tinted slime on eyes, eyes protruding from head, and slimy patches on body, red ulcers, and cottony growth on the mouth. To treat these symptoms quickly and effectively, use API POND MELAFIX™ fish remedy, which contains the powerful antibacterial properties of Tea Tree. Healing and tissue re-growth are often visible within 4 days of treatment.