It’s essential to be well-informed about the care you need to take with your animals, especially when it comes to knowing how to recognise and treat diseases that may appear in aquariums.

Do you want to ensure the health and well-being of the fish in your pet shop? In this article, we’ll tell you what to do if one of your fish is ill.

Regular observation

Regular observation of aquariums is necessary. Encourage your staff to closely monitor the fish on display for any signs of illness. For example, changes in behaviour, loss of appetite, abnormal spots on the skin or fins, irregular breathing or signs of stress.

Familiarisation with the type of illness

It’s important to know about the most common diseases that affect aquarium fish, such as ich, fin rot, bacterial and fungal infections, among others.

Educating workers about the symptoms of each disease is essential so that they can act quickly and safely when necessary.

Isolation and quarantine

If any sick fish are detected, it is crucial to isolate them immediately to prevent the spread of the disease to other animals.

Keeping a quarantine tank ready for use and following the appropriate procedures is essential to ensure that the fish receive the necessary care without causing additional stress.

Appropriate treatment

Consulting a veterinarian specialising in aquatic animals is crucial to getting advice on the right treatment for the illnesses detected. Often, the use of specific medicines, adjustments to water temperature and improvements to aquarium conditions are necessary to help fish recover.

Preventive maintenance

As well as treating diseases when they appear, it is essential to maintain a healthy aquarium environment to prevent health problems, i.e. maintaining water quality, ensuring a balanced diet for the fish, providing adequate filtration and carrying out regular aquarium cleanings.

Looking after your fish is an important responsibility. By keeping an eye out for signs of illness, providing appropriate treatments and maintaining a healthy aquarium environment, you are ensuring the health and well-being of your fish, which promotes customer confidence and the success of your business.