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Pond Fish Diseases

Guarding against pond fish diseases also becomes significantly harder due to the reduced amount of control one has over certain factors.

Make sure that the rocks or stones that you choose to create the outline of your pond does not react to the pond water and give off substances that might be toxic to any of the aquatic life residing in the pond. There are number of pond fish disease that you will need to protect your fish against.

For example, one of the most common pond fish diseases is Ich (also known as whitespot). When affected by Ich, the fish will have developed a few tiny white spots of coarse sand over its body.

Some of the symptoms that may be apparent before the development of the white spots include lethargy, a loss of appetite as well as the fish rubbing its side against the edge of the pond. The best way to treat the condition and optimize pond fish health would be to adding about 3 to 6 teaspoons of non iodized salt per gallon of water into the pond and create a salt bath consisting of a ration at 0.6% salt to water in the pond. Anchor worms are another threat to pond fish health and will resemble a short piece of thread appearing from behind a single scale. These parasites will cause the development of ulcer sores as they bury themselves into the flesh of the fish.

Caring for fish is a rather old hobby but has only recently started to become more popular and widespread. Owing to the scarcity of land as well as the high costs involved, however, most enthusiasts prefer to care for fish in an aquarium located within the confines of their house rather than in a pond in the garden. The lucky few that have a pond, though, generally take advantage of the space afforded to them by the structure. When housing fish in a pond, it is always important to make sure that you choose fish that are more or less able to live in the weather of your location. This is primarily because, unlike with aquariums, there is significantly less control that one has over factors like water temperature as well as atmospheric temperature. Moreover, if the pond is located outdoors, factors like rainfall and hence, contamination of water need to also be considered. As a result, fish that reside in a fish pond need to be of a substantially hardier nature than the fish that one can house in his or her aquarium.

  Submitted on July 22, 2010