Common Angelfish Disease Types and Their Treatments to Know


Description: something wrong with your angelfish? These types of angelfish disease and how to treat it will help in solving the problem.


Angelfish are the resilient type of fish, but several common diseases can attack them. Knowing types of angelfish disease and how to treat it is a must for all fish owners. This basic guide will help you in identifying the symptoms of several diseases and their common treatments.


Angelfish Disease Types and Common Treatments

Here are several common freshwater fish diseases that can attack angelfish:


  • Flagellate infection

Flagellates are protozoa that often attack angelfish. The most common one, Hexamita, causes lack of appetite and chalky feces. The fish may show no external symptoms on their bodies, but they can show behavioral changes such as lethargy.


Common treatments include reducing fish population (if the tank is overpopulated), adding metronidazole into the water or foods, and increase the water temperature to 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius) for 10 days.


  • Ich

Ich is a common disease among freshwater fish, including angelfish. Symptoms include white, fibrous spots on the lips, head, and body. The fish may also lose appetite and become lethargic, especially if the condition is left untreated.


Fish store owners are familiar with ich, so you can get the medications easily. You can buy ich medication at a pet supply store, increase the water temperature to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius) for several days, and quarantine the sick fish until they get healthy again. Don't forget to remove any carbon filtration system when treating the fish.


  • Angelfish virus

Angelfish virus causes a deadly disease in fish, and it is contagious. Once spread, the virus can kill angelfish in several days. When an angelfish manages to stay alive, it may become a carrier for at least six months. Symptoms include slimy body, clamped fish (may cause them to swim funny), and tendency to swim near the surface.


You can beat the virus by helping the fish' immune system to gain the upper hand against the virus. Treat the water with antibiotic and turn off the light during treatment. Remove and discard any dead fish. If it does not help, you must empty the tank, sterilize it, and fill it properly again.


  • Velvet disease

Velvet disease is similar to ich, but the symptoms look like gray or yellow dots on the body. The fish often rub themselves on the tank surface and lost their appetite. Since velvet is as common as ich, you can find medications that work on both. You must also quarantine the infected fish before giving them treatment.


Aside from types of angelfish disease and how to treat it, you must also keep the tank in ideal condition. Some conditions such as imbalanced ammonia level, lack of oxygen, and an overcrowded tank can cause symptoms in angelfish.


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