Aniwell is proud to offer this new and exciting service!
Mark Collins, one of our vets, has a keen interest in keeping and treating fish of all varieties, and is always willing to see cases or offer advice over the phone.
Just the same as other species, fish do get ill and they can (contrary to popular belief) be treated. It is highly likely that if one fish is showing signs of illness that others are having problems too and may not be showing signs (yet!). It is therefore of vital importance that any problems are addressed quickly and the correct treatment used. Most of the treatments that we use are widely available from aquatic suppliers and this is where you will be directed to should your fish need treatment. We have a close working relationship with BJ koi in Kinson, a very experienced koi supplier that shares our ethos of doing things properly to ensure we do the best job possible, and therefore increase our chances of success.
So how do we know what treatment to choose? Aquatic suppliers will stock a vast range of treatments many of which will claim to cure all manner of conditions; the vast array on offer can make it very confusing, especially since some products do not list the active ingredients. The symptoms of many fish diseases can be very similar whatever the cause. The staff in aquatic shops are very knowledgeable and offer some great advice, but without diagnostics to find out what is causing the problem any treatment is a “good guess” at best. Most of the treatments can potentially harm your fish if used incorrectly, and most treatments should not be used together and a 10day wait is advised between different treatments. It’s therefore of vital importance that we choose the correct treatment 1st time so that the disease does not progress.
A few simple diagnostic tests can help us determine what is causing any problem. This may include a thorough history, examination in and out of the water, collection of swabs for bacteriology and antibiotic testing, a water test, mucous scrape and microscopic exam to look for parasites, and post mortem examination if needed.
Water quality is probably the most important aspect of fish keeping. Fish rely on this for almost every aspect of their life; they live in it, drink it and pass waste into it. If water quality if not right your fish will not be in full health and eventually they will get disease. The majority of cases of disease are in some way related to poor water quality and if this is not corrected your fish will not get better. All fish keepers should be testing the water regularly. The most important parameters to measure are Ph and the toxic waste products produced by fish, Ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. Testing kits are widely available and are pretty cheap, tablet style kits and drops are much more accurate than test strips. Aim to keep Ammonia and nitrite at zero as they are very toxic. Nitrite is considerably less toxic but prolonged high levels can cause ill health, aim for no more that 50mg/l above the tap water level, generally lower is better.
The nitrogen cycle is the process by which these compounds are broken down by the biological filter.
If you have any questions, want to make an appointment or just generally want to chat about fish please phone 01202 591208.