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 Aeromonas... What does that look like?

KOI Tips: 
What Does Aeromonas Look Like?

 

Aeromonas was once a dread fatal disease of koi.  Aeromonas and pseudomonas in simple language are infections causing ulcers on the body of the fish which enlarge and eventually kill them.  It looks like a dark hole in the side of the fish, red in the center and the skin inflamed around it.  It spreads quickly and was thought to spread from one fish to another. 

The truth about Aeromonas is that it is ubiquitous or normally present in every pond!  Infection has become more manageable these days with certain precautions.  First is cleanliness.  Take care of the water and the water will take care of the fish.  If there is debris on the bottom parasites will thrive.  Parasites are the guilty parties (i.e.- costia, trichodina, flukes, etc.).  It is these parasites that provide an opening for the Aeromonas to enter the fish’s body.  Under normal conditions, with no breaks in the slime coat, the fish is fairly immune to these diseases.  And prevention is the cure.  Use an ultraviolet light, keep the pond very clean, and check your fish daily for signs of stress.  Install a bottom drain if you don’t already have one.  Feed fresh nutritious foods.  Do water checks.  And keep the filter in good working condition.

If you see sores developing on the body of your fish, take three fish out of the pond, anesthetize them in a small container with a very small amount of oil of cloves, then scrape them to see what parasites are present.  Treat only for what you find.  If you don’t feel confident in doing the scraping, take the fish to someone who does.  There are fish vets available and some vendors are expert at diagnosing problems.  By treating without diagnosing problems, you are simply adding to the fish’s stress by dumping chemicals into the pond.


 

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