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Interpet Anti Fungus and Finrot – Aquarium Treatment No. 8
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- Cures fish fungus and finrot
- For ornamental freshwater fish only
- Harmless to filters and all species of fish and plants
- Easy to use - dosage table, pipette and measuring cup included
- Treats 500 litres (110 gallons)
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Interpet Anti Fungus and Finrot aquarium treatment is an effective fish health treatment for Finrot, Mouth Fungus/Mouth Rot and Cotton Wool Fungus in cold water and tropical freshwater aquariums. Poor water conditions or damage resulting from fin-nipping fish commonly causes susceptibility to these diseases. It is necessary to deal with the cause of the problems to prevent a reoccurrence. Symptoms of disease are fins and ray tissue becoming opaque, blood streaked and eaten away, erosion of the mouth and cotton wool-like growths on the body. Use the dosage table and pipette or measuring cup provided to treat the aquarium water. Ensure you follow the instructions provided in the Guide to Fish Health carefully.
1 x 100ml Interpet Anti Fungus and Finrot Fish Health Treatment
1 x pipette
1 x measuring cup
1 x Guide to Fish Health
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Interpet Anti-Fungus and Finrot Treatment
Cause: Aeromanas and Psuedomonas species of bacteria that are found in all aquariums.
Symptoms: The fin and ray tissue becomes opaque, blood streaked and eaten away. It is important to catch this erosion before it reaches the fin base as this leads to the fish’s death.
Influencing Factors: Poor water conditions or damage resulting from fin nipping fish commonly cause susceptibility to this disease. It is therefore necessary to deal with the cause of the problem to prevent a reoccurrence.
Mouth fungus/Mouth rot
Cause: Bacterium, Flexibacter columnaris
Symptoms: Typically erosion of the mouth, commonly associated with a fungal like growth , which is in fact colonies of the column-like bacteria.
Influencing Factors: Poor water conditions which must be corrected.
Cotton Wool Fungus
Cause: This is caused by fungal species such as Saprotegnia. These fungal spores are present in all freshwater aquaria. An outbreak is usually a secondary infection of an area of the fish’s skin or gill barrier which has been damaged.
Fish Health Treatment No. 8
- Cures fish of fungus, mouthrot and finrot
- Harmless to plants
- Harmless to filters and all species of fish and plants
- Anti-fungus and finrot must be used as soon as diagnosis is made to prevent the disease spreading and causing fish death
- For use on ornamental freshwater fish only
- Simple to use: Use pipette or measuring cup to add the correct dosage to your tank
- This treatment is colourless and will not discolour the aquarium
- The treatment will not affect the biological filter in the aquarium
- Most treatments can reduce the oxygen carrying capacity of the water - ensure optimum aeration is provided.
Only use treatment Anti-fungus and Finrot in cold water and tropical freshwater aquariums.
Remove carbon and zeolite (ammonia remover) filter medias from the aquarium.
It is essential to dissolve fully in warm water before introducing to the aquarium.
Anti-fungus and Finrot can be used at the same time as the following Interpet treatments: Fresh Start, Flora Boost, Filter Aid, Green Away, Filter Start and Sludge Buster. It may also be used with Interpet Bioactive Tapsafe.
Before re-dosing or using any other treatment in the aquarium you should wait a period of seven days sand then carry out a 30% water change before dosing again.
Diagnosing an Unhealthy Fish
- Anti-fungus and finrot must be used as soon as diagnosis is made to prevent the disease spreading and causing fish death.
- Red anus and fin bases
- Blood streaked fins
- Fins eaten away
- Mouth and head regions eroded, often with cotton wool-like growths
- Cotton wool-like growths on body
- Unusual swimming behaviour - darting around in an alarmed fashion, unable to balance or rubing against solid objects
- Unusual positioning in the aquarium - hanging at the surface, hiding away and being unusally shy
What Causes Fish Disease
There are many lower life forms such as virus, bacteria, fungus, protozoan and other parasites, some of which can only survive by living in or on fish. Not all of these are undesirable, although some have the potential to cause disease to the fish they attach to and are called pathogens.
Where Does Fish Disease Come From?
Every aquarium naturally contains pathogenic bacteria and fungus spores as part of its normal flora and fauna.
Every fish also carries its own population of parasites and bacteria, some even carry internal fungus.
With all these disease organisms naturally present it may seem surprising that fish are not constantly suffering from disease.
How Do Fish Remain Healthy
Healthy fish like other animals have their own very effective immune system for fighting naturally present disease organisms. However, there is a delicate balance that must be maintained between the fish and the disease organisms for the fish to remain healthy and disease free.
- Stress is the main cause of fish disease. Stress is caused by a number of factors e.g. poor water quality, bullying by other fish, capture or movement of the fish, insufficient hiding places or poor nutrition. When fish are stressed their immune system breaks down, allowing disease to attack.
- In spite of all precautions, disease episodes may still occur in the aquarium. It is critical to monitor your fish regularly so that you notice any abnormal behaviour or differences which may signify the onset of disease. Prompt and correct diagnosis and treatment is the secret to increasing the chance of success when treating fish diseases.
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I immediately replaced my carbon sponge and did daily 30%-40% water change for a week. After 8 days my fish finally started swimming around the tank. Till then, they were in one place stuck to each other refusing to eat.
I guess I should have used it only in a hospital tank. It did cure the fungus, and luckily no fish died. Although one of my guppies has lost a lot of colour.
I recently used this product when I returned from a holiday to find one of my sub-adult Oscars had been severely injured by aggression from his tank mates, his fins were very badly torn, he was covered in deep scratches along his flanks and on one side had what appeared to be a large deep heater burn which looked like a round white scar roughly the size of a penny. The heater burn was probably caused by the fish wedging itself against the heater element whilst hiding from the aggressive fish. I also found that while I was away the person who I trusted to care for my fish had heavily overfed them which had caused a severe loss of water condition and pollution even though I had left extensive written instructions and pre-prepared food before I left. Add all the injuries, stress and water condition together and I had the perfect recipe for a fungal attack.
My first job was to undertake a big water change to get the water back to condition (in many cases, a good water change is enough to clear up finrot, but not fungus). Then I studied the fish in the tank for a couple of days to establish which fish was the aggressor. Once I identified the right fish I removed him and put him in another tank. It was during this 2 days that I was observing the fishes behavior ,that I noticed fungus growing from the large wound on my Oscar.
Now that had identified the fungal infection, I needed to use medication. I immediately purchased this product as I know it to be a trusted and effective brand. The tank in question is 500L so this bottle contains the exact amount of product to treat my tank in one dose. I mixed the product as instructed and then poured it evenly over the whole tank surface. I also increased the aeration as this product will immediately reduce the oxygen levels in the tank. Within 48 hours I noticed that the large clump of fungus began to peal away from the wound on the Oscar and after a further 12 hours the fungus came away completely. I was lucky to be around when the fungus came off and removed it from the tank. After 7 days treatment the Oscar looked much better and as per the instructions I did a 50% water change to reduce the medication in the water. Another week passed and the Oscar's fins have completely healed and the heater burn is all but gone. He is well on the road to recovery and I do not envisage any further problems.
My advice is do not be put off by the one star reviews. If you carefully calculate the correct dose and you have not left it too late to treat the affected fish, you will find this product to be very effective.
Here are some of my tips that may help:
If your fish develops fin rot or fungus, it is more than likely due to poor water condition or stress. You need to remedy these problems before you consider dumping any chemical in your tank.
Do not use this product with scaleless fish or delicate species such as elephant nose or knife fish - it will not work and it will kill them, It is also not recommended for any invertebrates, snails or freshwater shrimp.
Most important, it is ESSENTIAL that you know the exact volume of water in your tank and DO take into account water displacement from large stones or tank ornaments. If you are not sure, there are plenty of websites that offer "Aquarium volume calculators" just Google aquarium volume calculator and you will find them. Most calculators will require your tank measurements. If you are in any doubt, seek advice first.
Ensure that you dilute the product thoroughly with water first. I like to use water that I siphoned from the actual tank that I am going to treat. It will not be a problem if you use a bit more water than recommended to dilute as you are going to pour it into your tank anyway.
Increase Aeration. This is ESSENTIAL as this medication, like others with severely decrease the oxygen in the water, this is the last thing your fish needs when it is already in a distressed state.
Regularly monitor your fishes behavior on the first day of medication. If you think the product is having an adverse affect on your fish, perform a 50% water change and do not use any other medication until you are satisfied that there are no traces of this product in your tank.
Be patient, it will probably take a few days before you will see any improvement.
After 7 days, perform a 50% water change, even if your not sure that your fish has fully recovered. The product would have done it's job by now and it is important to maintain good water quality to continue recovery.
You can remove the affected fish and treat in separate hospital tank. This is OK for finrot alone,but if there is any sign of fungus, I would treat the whole tank as a precaution. Remember, removing your fish will only stress it further.
If your fish has more than 50% fungus on its body, it is highly unlikely that it will recover, however, any good fish keeper should take action well before the fungus gets anywhere near this stage.
And that is about it, hopefully my advice will be of some help and give you some reassurance from the unnecessary worry that might have been caused by some careless reviewers.
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