White Spot: How to Protect Your Fish

white spotWhite spot is quite a common disease among fish. This parasite does, in fact, cause more deaths than any other sickness. If you have had fish for a long time, you probably have come across this at least once in your aquarium. White spot is caused by parasites that are .5 to 1 mm long. They live beneath the top layer of fishes scales, eating skin cells and causing tiny cellular ruptures. Another name for white spot is Ich and if you have had fish for a long time, you probably know the consequences of having it in your tank.

White Spot Causes

White spot can be brought into your aquarium with new fish or plants. It can also seem to appear out of nowhere. Sometimes the organism can stay dormant but if they get disturbed by some change, possible water temperature, they can become active.

The progress of white spot can be very rapid and is highly contagious. If you happen to see that your fish have contacted this disease, something must be done as soon as possible or there is a chance that they won’t survive.

White Spot Prevention

The best solution is to prevent white spot in the first place. When you purchase content for your aquarium, it’s a good idea to check the tank where they come. Look for cleanliness to see that the fish and plants look healthy. Make sure you watch out for fish that are hiding in the tank. And, of course, look for fish with telltale white spots. Buying from a reputable fish dealer is essential if you want to avoid problems in the future.

When you get your fish or plants home, clean them thoroughly before placing them in your aquarium. Waiting one week before adding them in your tank is the best thing to do to avoid any diseases. Do not overstock your tank. This puts stress on the fish, which could cause white spot to occur. The sooner you notice it, the less chance it will effect the rest of your fish.

White Spot Cures

Aquarium salts are the most common way to cure this condition. Not all fish can tolerate salt, though, so be sure to read the instructions carefully before using this treatment.

Malachite green is another effective way of treating Ich. Unfortunately, this chemical is toxic and can be harmful to you and your fish, if not used correctly. Be sure to check out the directions first.

UV light is a different treatment you can try. This attacks the capsule stage of the parasites before they are in contact with the fish.

Transfer method – this can also be effective, but is more time-consuming and can put a lot of stress on your fish.

Further Reading

For complete detailed information about the problems that can occur with tropical fish, take a look at Katy’s Tropical Fish – A Complete Guide. It gives you tips and tricks on how to keep your fish healthy and happy. Your fish tank will be up to professional standards. Click on the link below to check it out.

Katy's Tropical Fish-A Complete Guide