If you suspect your fish are suffering from this disease, then keep reading. We will review the cause, the symptoms, treatment and prevention of flukes in your aquarium. Although tricky to diagnose, treatment can be easy with the right medication.
What Are Flukes?
Flukes, otherwise known as Trematoda, are a kind of flatworm. These flatworms are parasitic in nature, and are very bad for your fish. Normally, they have two stages in their life. The first is as a worm. The second stage is as a snail. There are between 18,000 and 24,000 species of Trematoda in the world, including many that may pray on your fish.
Causes of flukes can include poor water brought in from a fresh water or salt-water source (depending on the kind of fish you have.) In addition, introducing native fish to captive fish can put the fish in your tank at risk of contracting this parasite. Stress can also leave the fish susceptible to infection from the flukes parasites.
What Are Some Symptoms?
Some of the more noticeable fluke symptoms include listlessness and wounds. The fish will tire very easily, and spend large amounts of time not swimming. Lesions may appear across the body, and areas may look like they are haemorrhaging.
What Can You Do To Treat It?
Flukes used to be one of the most difficult of all fish disease to treat. But our droplets make treating your tank against these parasites an easy job. It is also suggested that you quarantine the fish until their health is restored. Our treatment usually only takes a few days to take effect.