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How To Treat Koi Carp Diseases


Koi carp diseases refer to diseases found in Koi fish. Normally, all fishes contain pathogens and parasites at all times. But if the level of parasites and pathogen increase, then it is considered as one of the Koi carp diseases. It is mainly caused by the deficiency of the immune system. Normally, the immune system of all fish keeps the pathogens and parasite level low at all time, but if there is an immune deficiency the pathogen and parasite level increases leading to what is defined as a Koi disease. There are many types of Koi diseases. Each fish disease has its own course of treat. Normally all types are treatable. However, if not treated then it leads to the death of the affected fish.


Identifying the right disease is also a systematic procedure. Sometimes the disease can be identified by just looking at the fish. At other times, the Koi fish has to be tested to determine the type of disease it is suffering from. Treatments around the world are being offered for Koi carp diseases. These diseases have known to exist for decades. More than 100 koi diseases are now officially registered in medical books to prove that they do widely exist. Some of the Koi diseases are contagious to other fish as the infection can spread. Some diseases are not infectious and are only caused by the environmental factors.


There are different ways to deal with Koi carp diseases. The very first thing is to make sure that the Koi fish are living in a clean environment. The fish tank or pond is clean and healthy for the fish to live in. Material like copper and substances like chlorine should not be present in the water as the intoxication chemical effects from both substances can damage gills of the fishes leading them to having breathing difficulties. The treatment for a Koi disease will usually be a medication, provided accordingly to the condition and stage of the Koi disease. Normally Koi fish use their immune system to cure themselves but if the disease is at a later stage then medication is necessary for them. The medication can cause a harmful effect for fish as well. This is due to the fact that the medication for some diseases can cause a negative effect on the living environment of the fish. Medication used can destroy the bacteria in the water, which helps the fish to recuperate its immune system. Besides the usual medication, there are vaccinations which help Koi fish to boost their immune system. These vaccinations help the production of antibodies to help the fish fight disease.

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The treatment of Koi carp disease depends on the Koi fish itself. Appropriate doses of vaccination and medication need to be determined according to the weight and type of the Koi fish. The best way to prevent Koi carp diseases in the first place is to keep a clean and healthy living environment for the Koi fish, whether it is in a pond or a fish tank.

By Maryam Cheema, published at 03/18/2012
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