FISH DISEASE: INTERNAL PARASITES

 

Fish Body Cavity

Symptoms

 

Cause

 

Treatment and Links

A).   The body cavity is filled with fluid, which often simply runs out when the abdominal wall is cut open Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart The fish is affected with abdominal dropsy Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart If both eyes are swollen, or you see damage to the lateral line, this is dropsy and is hard to cure.  Try raising the temp up to 84 degrees fahrenheit.  Treatment: Doxycycline/Kanamycin combo treatment for up to 2 weeks.
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B).   The fluid in the body cavity is viscous, the organs are atrophied and the intestine is glassy Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart This specimen is also affected by abdominal dropsy Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart If both eyes are swollen, or you see damage to the lateral line, this is dropsy and is hard to cure.  Try raising the temp up to 84 degrees fahrenheit.  Treatment: Doxycycline/Kanamycin combo treatment for up to 2 weeks.
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C).   Worms have penetrated into the body cavity

Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart Various worms can penetrate the intestinal wall.  Usually, however, only Camallanus and Acanthocephalans are seen. Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart Camallanus worms are hard to kill.  Levamisol will not kill them.  If the worms are spotted early on, treat with Paracide-D in the food & De-los in the water.  This works well.
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D).   There is allot of blood in the body cavity due to hemorrhages from the internal organs Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart Phenol and Ammonia toxicity can cause hemorrhages.  Bacterial diseases like Furunculosis and Fibriosis also can lead to hemorrhages Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart For toxicity (poisoning) change the water several times.  For Furunculosis or Fibriosis, treat with Furazolidone Powder -or-Oxytetracycline.
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E).   Light or dark cysts appear on the organs Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart Encapsulated worm larvae (Capillaria), or sporozoan and tubercular cysts can be involved Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart For worm larvae, treat with: Paracide-D  For tubercular cysts,  there is no suitable treatment known.
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F).   After the side of the body is lifted up, you can see how the turgid anterior gut has displaced the liver to the side Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart The fish has intestinal blockage.  You can see undigested food in the intestine Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart Treat with:   Paracide-X.  Feed the fish with vitamin enriched foods.  Do not feed any pellet types of food.
 

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