I have been ready up on diseases and wondered if someone could explain how to tell skinny disease from internal parasites. I do not have this problem and have not had ick yet but would like to be more prepared for it if it happens. I have alot of info on ick so info on the skinny disease and parasites would be helpful.
It's easiest to treat for internal parasites when you 1st get the fish. When they become emaciated, it is sometimes too late. Prophylatic treatments of praziquantel and levamisole is a very effective preventative.
Internal bacterial infections are usually the result of poor water quality or internal injuries caused from osmotic shock. Osmotic shock is when water chemistry changes are too sudden for the fish to acclimate to. This usually happens when fish are moved from one tank to another, like when you buy a fish from the LFS and put it in your tank. It can also happen when a large water change is done, where the tap water chemistry doesn't match the tank water. A TDS meter reading is probably the easiest way tell if the water chemistry matches. KH and GH test kits will also help determine the water chemistry.
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Craigslist, local forums, etc.
Then work my way towards trustworthy local fish stores, ask them for special orders.
Then, when all fails, resorts to online methods.
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