The very word can strike fear into any marine aquarist. Diseases, particularly ‘velvet’ and ‘white spot’ are real threats. The threat can be minimized of course. Careful selection of fish is the initial way, being careful to ensure the selected ones are as ‘clean’ as they shouldRead more →
Reading marine aquarium potential disease pages in a book could be enough to make an aquarist’s hair stand on end! Various problems appear to be lurking ready to inflict doom on the unsuspecting livestock. It doesn’t ever have to be a problem – disease that is. TheRead more →
Disease in the aquarium is one of the main fears of aquarists. Once the presence of a disease is known the aquarist’s stress level shoots up and quite understandably so – at the worst there could be a full aquarium wipe-out. When the word disease is mentionedRead more →
This is not a text on the treatment of fish disease, but hopefully a suggestion about how treatment could be more accurate and successful. The fear of aquarists – and that is any aquarist, experienced or newcomer – is to have a disease problem strike their aquarium.Read more →
When the aquarist obtained the desired fish for the display aquarium hopefully time was spent observing them. Just because fish are ‘new’ and in a dealer’s sale tanks does not mean they are problem free. This isn’t having a go at dealers at all; fish can haveRead more →
I intend looking at two fish problems. These two problems are probably the most feared by marine aquarists. Those who keep a [tag-self]fish only aquarium[/tag-self] could sweat a little less, but the owner of a [tag-self]reef aquarium[/tag-self] can have real trouble. The first is the so-called marineRead more →
To this day it still amazes me how few aquarists actually use a quarantine tank within their home aquarium setup.
Instead of using a quarantine system they are more than happy to risk all the animals when introducing a new member into the aquarium.
I appreciate that there is only a small slight when purchasing new fish, corals etc however the risk is there and it is not something which should be taken lightly.
All responsible aquarists should follow some basic guidelines which it comes to purchasing new animals. Actually it probably goes back a bit further than that – the word I should have used is ‘researching’.Read more →