Meta-desc: If you’re keeping catfish, it is important to learn catfish diseases so that you can prevent or cure them when it happens.
Catfish sometimes might be seen as a tough fish with a not-so-hygienic habitat. However, they can also suffer from diseases brought by the bacteria, fungus, or virus. If you don't pay attention to this, something terrible might happen to your catfish, which will lead to your loss, especially if you run a catfish farming business. They might bring the disease to other catfish and they may even die.
You can spot if your catfish suffer from some disease by seeing the symptoms. Every disease has its own symptoms. And here are the types of catfish diseases that commonly attack to catfish:
1. Proliferative Gill Disease
The PGD attacks the gill and makes it swollen. The blood is also streaked from the gill, make the catfish feel so difficult to breathe and look for the oxygen.
If you find one of your catfish suffers from this disease, you can aerate the ponds, clean the pond and change the water. For the catfish who suffer for this disease, actually, there has not been any special treatment to cure the disease.
2. Columnaris Disease
The disease is characterized by the lesions spread on the gills and the skin. The cause of this disease is the bacteria Flexibactum columnaris. It really bothers the fish and can make their stress-level getting high.
To overcome the disease, you can spread the safe chemical substance in the pond that has been made especially for the catfish fond. Commonly, the substance is potassium permanganate. That substance cannot poison the catfish foods.
3. Enteric Septicemia for Catfish
The disease is actually caused by the bacteria Edwardsiaella ictacuri, and it is commonly found on the catfish that are cultivated. The symptoms of this disease are the bloated stomach, the protuberance in the eyes, and red spots that spread on the fish body.
The fish usually are given the antibiotics food from the vet specialist. So, if you find the symptoms, the best thing to do is bring your catfish as soon as possible to the doctor.
4. Chanel Catfish Virus Disease
This is one of the dangerous catfish diseases that you must aware of. The catfish suffer for this CCVD disease will have the protruding eyes, bloated abdomen, and the hemorraghe in the gills. The disease can spread easily to other catfish.
If you maintain the catfish for the business matter, this is a very serious problem. The thing that you can do is actually separate the infected one from the other catfish and catfish fry so that all your catfish won't have this disease.
Those are the types of the catfish diseases that commonly find on the catfish. The disease of the catfish can lead you to the big loss. So, you have to pay attention to the pond hygiene and don't forget to always be aware of the symptoms.