Bacterial ailments are a common problem among pond fish. They typically manifest themselves whenever the conditions within the pond, such as the quality of the water, are unfavorable. When oxygen levels within the pond are improper, the fish can also become stressed which makes them more susceptible to developing bacterial disease. These infections often result with fish dying during spring when the water becomes warmer and when the fish become weakened due to winter. Fish deaths resulting from bacteria are also common during the middle of the year period.
How will Bacteria Affect Your Fish?
The presence of bacteria within ponds is a major issue because ponds are closed ecosystems, and because there are both bad and good bacteria within them. The good bacteria can be found within the biological filter and it is critically important as it will break down the nitrate and ammonia so it can be eliminated by the water. Put it another way, without good bacteria, no life could exist within your pond, or anywhere else for that matter.
Bad bacteria are usually dormant until something happens which activates them. An example of this would be a fish that becomes injured or stressed. Once the fish’s immune system deteriorates, the bacteria will take advantage of it and reproduce rapidly, which leads to sickness and additional problems. Many pond owners are also careless at times. They introduce new fish or plants into the pond without taking the time to quarantine them to ensure that they don’t have any harmful bacteria. Becoming familiar with some of the most common bacteria and taking precautions to protect them is the wisest course of action.
Some examples of common bacteria that pond owners will encounter include fish tuberculosis, vibriosis and fin rot. Fish that are suffering from fish tuberculosis will usually develop a reduced appetite, become emaciated and their skin will become pale. They will also become lethargic. The disease will expand slowly until the fish dies.
Vibriosis is a disease that is most commonly found in brackish fish, as well as some tropical species. Acute vibriosis may lead to sudden death, with no sign as to what caused it. Symptoms may include skin hemorrhages or an increase in respiration. Chronic vibriosis involves inflammation in the intestines or ulcers. Fin rot appears as red streaks on the fins of the fish which transforms into rotting and fraying near the fin membrane’s edges. This infection is dangerous because it destroys the fin after which it will spread into the body and kill the fish.
Symptoms of Bacteria
- Loss of appetite
- Skin ulcers
- Fish become lethargic
- Fish become pale in color
- Appearance of skin hemorrhages
Fitz’s Fish Ponds is the Best Fish Care Specialist to Help You Combat Bacteria
Our team at Fitz’s Fish Ponds is highly experienced in dealing with the various bacteria that negatively impact pond fish. We recognize that the majority of bacterial problems result from a few scenarios which are similar, and we can help you implement preventive measures that can help your fish avoid bacteria problems. Some of these measures including cleaning and maintaining the water, removing fish which are diseased or deceased from the pond, treating fish which are ill, and avoiding injuries among the fish by constructing a safer environment. Contact Fitz’s Fish Ponds today to eliminate bacteria problems you have in your fish pond!