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Stressing The Fish Leads To The Most Common Disease In Your Aquariums

Having an aquarium means diligence in taking care of the condition of your tank. The fish are susceptible to the most common diseases that can be found in aquariums, if you are not practicing simple cleanliness of water and good feeding processes.

Parasites, bacteria, and fungus will be the main causes of disease in your marine life. If you are not cognizant of the health of the occupants of your tank, then ailments can take control of your tank.

Keeping a tank cleaned at regular intervals is vitally important. Water needs to have the right properties to keep the health of a fish optimum. Not having a proper environment raises the risk of stress to them and that opens the door for aliments to plague their health. Use of preventative products like the EcoBio-Block can help to maintain proper balance and cleaner, clear water which will help with the health of any fish in the tank.

The Marine Whitespot and Marine Velvet Diseases are created by parasites that cause small white dots or larger white velvety patches on the fish. Fish will be scratching on the rocks at the bottom of the tank to mollify the irritation to the body and fins. This illness is highly communicable and works quickly. Without treatment fish will die.

When white tufts of cotton seem to be sticking out of the mouth of your fish it is probable that your fish has contracted a fungal disease. You may also see reddish markings on the sides of their body. This is a deadly and infectious disease and must be treated quickly to prevent spreading and morbidity in the infected.

Bacterial disease can take many forms. One way is patches of red on the body which can actually give the impression of the rotting of the skin of the fish. As with any illness without a proper course of treatment they will not survive.

It is imperative to keep the well-being of your fish on track with deliberate and designated cleanings of the tank. Even more important is the nutrition of fish and keeping the stress level low. Being on top of care in your tank and those that live there will make sure that they remain healthy. To do this it is best to utilize products that keep this fact in mind. One EcoBio-Block in a larger aquarium will keep the water cleaner, meaning less water changes, and giving less stress to fish. Easy-to-use and effective for all types of tanks, you can keep them clean by adding this to your aquarium.

If you find that your fish has contracted any of the above ailments you must separate them as soon as possible giving them a freshwater bath to keep the disease from progressing. It might be necessary to utilize a medication based on copper but you must be sure to not harm the other marine life that might have an aversion to copper.

Responsible tank precautions are important to keeping the most common disease in your aquariums from occurring. Keeping fish relaxed by supporting them with regular water changes, products like EcoBio- Block, good food and adequate temperature will be the best preventative to ailments in your aquarium world.

Are you there to save the fish and make sure they live a healthy fish life? Well, with clear water and less pollution, we all can help fight pollution. Support the clean water and help save the fish that we like to eat and see everyday.

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Healthy tank with EcoBio-Stone

Healthy tank with EcoBio-Stone

An aquarium is an ongoing responsibility and requires daily attention, though if you keep up with the regular maintenance it is quite easy and doesn’t take much time. There are additional maintenance procedures required with various conditions, but here are a few things that must be done in every aquarium regardless of other factors.

Daily Maintenance

While fish do not necessarily need to be fed daily to be healthy due to their opportunistic eating habits and specialized metabolism, they do need to be checked daily and this is best done during feeding. Feed at a time that you have a few minutes to observe your fish and watch carefully for any abnormal behavior or signs of illness. What are you looking for? A healthy fish should be free of any marks, especially red or white marks that can suggest infection or parasites, should not struggle to swim in any way and should not have fins clamped down.

Watch the fish eat to ensure all are active, move easily in the water, and their fins are up. If you notice ragged edges on any fins there may be fish in the aquarium getting picked on, or the fish may be getting their fins caught on rough edges on decorations or artificial plants. If the aquarium is fairly new or new fish have recently been added, watch closely for redness or puffiness around the gills that may indicate ammonia in the water. If any abnormalities are observed, test your water parameters first and if they are within acceptable limits research other possible causes.

If desired, wipe down the outside of the aquarium with a damp cloth every day to remove fingerprints and dust. Never use any chemicals such as Windex near the aquarium as even the slightest trace of such products will kill the fish.

Weekly Maintenance

Depending on your stocking levels, you will need to do a partial water change every week or every other week. This is to keep nitrate levels down and keep essential dissolved minerals at a healthy level for the fish. These water changes generally need to be between 30-50% of the total water volume. In a newer tank that is still cycling or if new fish have just been added, water changes may also be needed to control ammonia and nitrites, though it will likely be more often than once a week for that purpose. For a healthier tank and a significantly reduced risk of ammonia spikes, you can use a time-released water maintenance product such as EcoBio-Block. These blocks last up to two years apiece and keep the water in the aquarium perfectly balanced by breaking down the toxic ammonia and nitrites from fish waste and uneaten food, as well as re-supplying essential minerals in the water as they’re used up by the fish which dramatically reduces the need for water changes.

Algae grow regularly in aquariums and, if visible on underwater surfaces, should be manually scraped off with a scraper sponge that is approved specifically for aquariums. A sponge that is not specifically for an aquarium may scratch glass and acrylic and may have been manufactured with chemicals that are harmful to fish. Filter pads should be rinsed out in a dish of aquarium water to remove excess organic material and then placed back in the filter. Tap water should never be used as the filter pad contains a lot of beneficial bacteria that will die if exposed to chlorine or chloramines, which are removed in tank water with a de-chlorinating water treatment. Top off the water to replace any that has evaporated and the amount used to rinse out the filter pad.

Monthly Maintenance

Every month the aquarium needs a thorough gravel vacuum to remove organic material such as uneaten food and fish waste from the substrate, as well as remove potentially harmful pockets of gasses that can build up in the substrate over time if it is not stirred. If you use EcoBio-Block in the aquarium then you need only stir the substrate manually once or twice a month to help excess organic material get into the filter where it can easily be removed from the system through rinsing filter pads, which can save a lot of time, effort and mess over a traditional gravel vacuum.

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