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Fin and tail rot is a common infection in aquarium tank caused by a bacteria called Cytophaga group, affecting soft fish with long fins. Symptoms are a wide range. In general, the tail and fins begin to look irregular, either in the form of a "bite" or "striped effect. These lesions are pale white / gray with red trim. They can develop sores that have an orange / yellow. Fish also may be indifferent and reluctant to feed. At a late stage, large milky spots can be seen on fins and a considerable amount of tissue has been destroyed. Breathing also be rapid, with an excessive amount of mucus in the gills and the fish's lips may be swollen. The main danger is that if left untreated, the disease fin can rot and start to invade the whole body of the fish.

Causes and prevention

It is very important to diagnose this infection why it happened. The bacteria actually exists in most aquarium fish tank without a problem, so the disease is usually caused by other factors, virtually in all cases was precipitated by stress or poor environmental conditions. It is essential to identify and eliminate the underlying stressors.

Commonly introduced new fish in an aquarium tank from the pet store that harbor harmful bacteria, which release into your tank through the feces. It is therefore vital to quarantine all new fish for about 10 days before its adoption in new aquarium fish tank. Fish can be very sensitive to stress and can also developing the disease due to the trauma of not carefully acclimate to a new environment of the fish tank. It is important that the fish all the fish are not compatible and peaceful correspond with aggressive fish, as this would lead to the intimidation that usually translates into the tail fin and sharp, and the wounds provide ideal breeding grounds of the bacteria. Also, do not overload the aquarium tank as stressed out fish and can even cause fish glide everywhere peaceful and the result in contaminated tanks.

To identify and eliminate any problem with the water condition, make a check of water quality using a test kit to ensure that no accumulation of unwanted chemicals. Be sure to maintain proper water parameters particular fish species to maintain. Hard water, high pH favors the growth of bacteria, like a sudden drop in temperature.

As part of its routine maintenance regular, ensuring all equipment is working properly, especially the filter. Do 15% weekly water changes and vacuuming the gravel. You also must strive to remove any uneaten food after each feeding.


Before using any medication, make cleaning the fish tank. Rub the inside of the glass / acrylic and thoroughly clean the gravel to remove waste from the substrate. Alternatively, you can completely remove gravel for greater effect. You should minimize the areas where bacteria can live and reproduce to remove the decorations in the tank and bleach them. Clean the outside of the tank, hood, light and tank top. Water quality plays a key role in the prevention and cure of the fin and tail rot you need to carry out large water change – I'd say 50%. Remove activated carbon filters that this will eliminate any medications you use.

There are different degrees of putrefaction of the fin and tail that will determine the type of treatment used in tropical rel = "nofollow" href = "http://www.fishtankaquariumsbowls.com/freshwaterAquarium.htm"> freshwater aquarium.

For the early stages of the disease, I strongly advise using Melafix along with aquarium salt. This is a natural for all drugs that will not destroy your biological filter. Use 2 teaspoons (10ml) of Melafix for every 50 gallons of water along with 2 tablespoons of aquarium salt 10 liters of water. Regular tropical fish will be fine with him. Dissolve salt in water instead of pouring it into the tank as if it comes into direct contact with fish that are burned. The water and foam liquorish smell but this is normal and will disappear soon after the treatment is long and carrying out water changes. Perform a 5% water change every daily for 10 days and replace the medicine and salt in accordance with the correct ratio to bring the concentration back up full force. Continue to follow wiping clean the tank sides and vacuuming the gravel (if maintained). This treat the bacterial infection and helps heal damaged fins. You should notice a rapid improvement and the regeneration of fish fins. If not, the fish should be moved to a quarantine tank for a stronger treatment.

I just want to mention Some advocate the use of copper sulfate, but runs the risk further damage to fish gills.

For the more advanced forms of the disease, I would recommend move the infected fish in a spare tank, naked for treatment. You have to treat the fish with antibiotics such as tetracycline, Maracyn-Two or antibacterial Maracyn Plus at least 10 days. Follow the instructions carefully and do not mix drugs like this can be fatal. These drugs are available in pet shops and online vendors.

Maintenance of fish tanks, aquarium disease free

After a protocol to quarantine of adding new fish and aquariums carefully acclimated to the new tank, and the appropriate matching of fish and avoid overcrowding, greatly reduce stress, which is a major cause of the disease. Through a regular and complete maintenance of an aquarium tank, ensuring the water quality parameters proper and effective water filtration, the incidence of pests becoming a problem must be eliminated. In case of fin and tail rot occur despite their best efforts, the first signs of the disease can be detected easily by carefully monitoring the fish every day, especially at feeding time. Through swift remedial action, the fish can be treated quickly and restored to health.

Copyright © 2009 Jill Kaestner @ Kaestner Marketing LLC

Jill Kaestner

From a childhood fascination with fish, begun by winning my first goldfish at 5 years old at a May Day fun event, to becoming a passionate aquarist/retailer, I aim to provide you with professional advice on setting up, stocking and servicing your freshwater aquarium so you too can enjoy the wonders of the underwater world. With personal experience in tropical freshwater aquariums and extensive professional research, information and advice in my articles can be trusted. My love for our fish friends motivates me to share advice with others which will promote their fishes’ welfare and thereby their own lasting enjoyment and success as aquarists. Why not have a look at my website through the link provided here? Fish Tanks Aquariums.

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