Coral Fish Disease (Oodinium) Treatment: What To Do If Your Fish Are Suffering From The Disease? Here'S What You Need To Know
Marine ich, Velvet Disease or Coral Fish Disease is caused by an infestation of the Amyloodinium ocellatum parasite. This organism is a member of a large group of flagellated protists. They are traditionally subdivided into two groups. Free-swimming cells called dinospores are released from a mature cyst and go in search of a host fish. Typically these cells can survive seven to eight days without a host. However, some strains may last up to 30 days in lower tank temperatures at around 75-80 degrees. The most common site of infection is the gills. The primary clinical signs are respiratory. At the onset of this infestation fish often get up against objects in the aquarium, lethargy sets in, and rapid respiration develops. This is the result of excess mucus in the gill due to the invasion. Oodinoinium can tolerate a wide salinity range (from 3 to 45 ppt) so Hyposinity (Freshwater dip) is not an effective treatment. The best effective treatments for oodinium include a copper-based medication and antibiotics. Porous materials such as sand, gravel, rocks and ornaments are coated with copper. It is best to use a bare QT with only some pieces of PVC pipe added to provide shelter for the fish during the treatment period. To better control the strength and effectiveness of copper- based medications. . .