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Freshwater Aquarium - What Is And How To Prevent Ick

June 06, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 394

Introduction

When you obtain a freshwater aquarium, one thing you want to prevent is disease in your fish. The most common disease is ick. Here is a description of this disease that you need to be on the look out for in your fish and how you can prevent it.

What Is Ick

Ick, sometimes referred to as ich or white spot disease, is known by the formal name of ichthyophthirius multifliis. This is one of the most common diseases found in new freshwater aquariums. Ick is a disease that usually enters your freshwater aquarium by the introduction of new fish or plants that come from an infected aquarium.

It is actually not a disease but is a parasite that will grow on your fish. It is recognized by small white spots growing on the fins of your fish that then moves to the rest of the body.

Preventing Ick

The best way to cure ick is to prevent it from popping up in your aquarium in the first place. The most common way for your fish to develop this condition is with the introduction of new fish or plants that you obtain from other aquariums, such as from fish stores or even other Aquarist.

You usually read that when you obtain new fish, leave them in their plastic bag and place the bag in your aquarium for about 20 minutes to equalize the temperature between your aquarium and the water in the bag. This is to prevent stressing your new fish.

Most professional Aquarist recommend that you put new fish and plants in a separate holding tank for at least two weeks. This is to ensure the ick parasite and other diseases are not present. In addition to isolating new fish and plants for 14 days, you need to also prevent stressing your fish. Fish that are under stress are more susceptible to developing ick.

If the ick parasite is present, prevent stressing your fish. Fish that are stressed are more susceptible to developing ick. To prevent stressing your fish keep the temperature of the water and chemistry constant. Rapid changes in temperature and water chemistry can stress your fish making them susceptible to ick.

Conclusion

Ick is a disease caused by parasites that can enter your aquarium with the introduction of new fish or plants.

To prevent this parasite from entering your aquarium, always isolate new fish and plants for at least 14 days by placing them in a separate holding tank before introducing them to your aquarium. Also if your fish are stressed they are more susceptible to ick, so prevent or minimize stressing your fish.

J.W. Chase is an amateur Aquarist who has successfully been keeping aquariums for over 35 years. Over 75% of people who start aquariums fail in the first month for lack of knowledge. If you want more information on how to keep an aquarium, go to his web site and download a free eBook on "15 Tips On Building And Maintaining An Aquarium" at http://www.squidoo.com/homefreshwateraquariums.

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