Fungus infections are quite common among fish, especially among tropical species. Fungus spores are present in many ponds and fish tanks, and as a consequence, they can rapidly colonize and cause a variety of problems among fish. If the water quality in your pond is poor then this can also increase the likelihood of fungal infections. External fungus infections are simple to identify since they have a fluffy, white appearance which has led to them being called cotton wool disease.
How will Fungus Affect Your Fish?
As fungal infections become worse, this will cause a color change, ranging from white to red to gray. These infections will almost always strike the external tissues of your fish and their eggs. The majority of fungal infections are connected to preexisting injuries or disease which is why treatments often have to be performed in two parts to ensure the fish are fully cured. There are some fungal infections that will afflict the fish’s internal organs and these are harder to detect.
Fungus can be found in ponds and the majority of aquariums and ponds, but there are certain things which significantly increase the chance of an infection spreading, and these include failing to keep the pond clean, and the presence of dead fish or other types of decaying organic matter. If the water quality within your pond is poor, or there are fish within it that are diseased or injured, this increases the chance of infection.
Ponds which are full of fish that are breeding are subject to egg fungus. This occurs when the fish eggs become infected by a whitish fungus which is fluffy in appearance. This fungus will spread from one egg to another, which makes the situation worse. Gill rot is another type of fungus that is deadly to fish that is not treated. This fungus adversely impacts the fish’s ability to breathe and if left untreated, the fish’s gill will rot entirely.
Symptoms of Fungus
- Fish become stressed
- Fish gills display mucus
- Fish become white or red or gray in appearance
- Numerous fish die simultaneously
Fitz’s Fish Ponds is the Best Fish Care Specialist to Help You Combat Fungus
Depending on the type of fungal infection your pond fish are exposed to, it can be extremely difficult to resolve the situation on your own. While some fungus infections are visible to the naked eyes, those which affect the fish’s internal organs may not be. Fitz’s Fish Ponds has a great deal of expertise in the treatment of fish fungus. We will evaluate your water quality and can test for the presence of fungus within your pond.
For cotton wool disease, we can treat your fish via salt baths or phenoxyethanol, which is an antifungal agent. In most cases, your fish will need to be treated within a hospital tank that is separate, and Gentian Violet is a topical, antifungal agent that we’ve found to be effective. We work closely with our customers to ensure that we provide the best service possible, and we will work diligently to nurse your fish back to health. Choose Fitz’s Fish Ponds today for best pond fish care!