Septicemia In Goldfish: Symptoms & Treatment For Hemorrhagic Septicemia

February 7, 2011 | Fish Health | Leave a Comment |

Septicemia in goldfish can be fatal as it is hard to detect and diagnose. It is an internal infection attacking the internal organs. It is also called Hemorrhagic Septicemia.

Symptoms of septicemia in fish

  • Staying at the bottom of the aquarium or prolonged periods of rest
  • Fish may not be eating.
  • Appearance of skin ulcers
  • Fins are deteriorating.
  • Red streaks on their find and bodies
  • Swelling of anus or abdomen
  • Bulging eyes
  • Anemia
  • Unusual behavior
  • Sudden death

Causes of hemorrhagic septicemia in fish

  • The virus thrives when temperatures are 37 to 54 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Stress that weakens immune system
  • Poor water quality
  • Excessive handling
  • Lack of food

Treatment for Septicemia in Fishes

  • Clear the infection immediately to avoid aggravating the conditions.
  • Feed the fish triple-strength antibiotic food for a couple of weeks.
  • Keep the fish in isolation within a warm environment above 68 degrees so that the antibiotics will work.
  • Apply a salt solution in the tank as salt has healing properties.
  • Maintain the healthy state of the water during treatment period so that no secondary complications can develop.
  • If needed, the veterinarian will inject antibiotics for faster recovery.

Preventing Septicemia

  • Prevent the growth of the virus by keeping a clean water tank at all times.
  • Select aeration and filtration systems that are efficient in maintaining the cleanliness of the water.
  • Don’t use rocks in the bottom of the tank where bad bacteria might accumulate and become breeding ground for parasites or viruses.

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