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New Tank Syndrome - Identification & Treatment

Major Sick Fish Diseases:

Much has been written on the topic of stress & disease, below is summary to help guide you throughout New Tank Syndrome prevention and identification. Please feel free to send any comments or suggestions to Ask An Expert.

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Name: NEW TANK SYNDROME
Symptoms:
  • Sudden Death
  • Cloudy Water
  • Unexplained Death
  • Smelly Water

  • Symptoms of Stress & Disease
  • New Tank Syndrome General Description
    Also referred to as "spiking" or "recycling", new tank syndrome (NTS) is something we can all experience at one time or another. One of the main objectives in a new aquarium is to establish sufficient numbers of bacteria to breakdown the toxic waste (ammonia) produced by your fish into nitrite, and finally relatively harmless nitrates. This can then be removed by frequent partial water changes. Cycling a new tank

    In a newly set up aquarium, those bacteria are not present in any quantity, and it takes time - about a month under normal circumstances - for those bacteria to multiply to the point of being able to keep up with the waste output of the fish. "New Tank Syndrome" and "The Break- In Cycle" describe the period in which ammonia and then nitrite levels rise to dangerous quantities before being converted into relatively harmless nitrate.
    New Tank Syndrome Treatments
    Sudden Death. Get the water conditions correct to save any of your fish. IF you water is cloudy or smells bad, your in trouble. Start by doing daily water changes of 20%, check you filter. Gravel wash and feed very little food. Hopefully your cycle will come around sooner rather than later.
    New Tank Syndrome Prevention
    It is best not to add any fish to a newly established aquarium until the biological cycle has been established and ammonia and nitrite levels are zero. This requires variable lengths of time, but it should generally be safe to start introducing fish after 21 days, but use test kits to monitor the process. All hobbyists should have an ammonia and nitrite test kit and know how to use them.

    Stocking the tank slowly can prevent new tank syndrome, giving the whole system enough time to adjust. Another way to avoid the new tank syndrome is by cycling the tank using the fishless cycling method. This method allows stocking the tank as soon as the cycle has been completed.
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    New Tank Syndrome Frequently Asked Questions

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    #ImageDisease TitleTop 3 Symptoms
    1. Ammonia Poisoning
  • Red streaking on the fins or body.
  • Purple or red gills.
  • Fins are torn & jagged.
  • 2. Anchor Worms
  • Tiny white-green or red worms in wounds.
  • Frequent rubbing or "flashing".
  • Ulcers may appear.
  • 3. Black Spot
  • Small black speckles on body.
  • Frequent rubbing or "flashing".
  • Small black smudges on fish.
  • 4. Cataracts
  • White or grey "foggy" eyes.
  • Eye looks like it has a slime coat.
  • Tendency to bump into things.
  • 5. Cotton Mouth
  • White "Cotton like" fungus on the mouth.
  • Lethargy and loss of appetite.
  • White spots on mouth, scales, and fins.
  • 6. Curved Spine (Fish TB)
  • Curved or Crooked Spine.
  • Lesions on the body.
  • loss of scales.
  • 7. Dropsy
  • Huge, Fat, Bloated Belly.
  • Lethargy and loss of appetite.
  • Scales almost popping off.
  • 8. Fin Rot
  • Fins turn Jagged or whitish and die back.
  • Fins look like they were ripped off.
  • Fish is not eating.
  • 9. Hole in the Head
  • Hole in the head.
  • Small sore on head.
  • Lethargy and loss of appetite.
  • 10. Ichthyophthirius
    (white spot or ick)
  • Small white "salt-like" pimples on fins & body.
  • Lethargy and loss of appetite.
  • Frequent rubbing or "flashing".
  • 11. Neon Tetra Disease
  • Restlessness.
  • Whitened areas deep into the fishes' flesh.
  • Spine may become curved.
  • 12. New Tank Syndrome
  • Sudden Death.
  • Cloudy Water.
  • Unexplained Death.
  • 13. Oodinium (velvet)
  • Fine grey-gold to whitish 'dust' on the body.
  • Very rapid gill movement.
  • Scratching or flashing.
  • 14. Parasites (External)
  • Large ugly sores on body.
  • Skin looks grey in patches.
  • Fish swim aimlessly.
  • 15. Planaria
    (white hairlike worms)
  • Small White Hairlike Worms.
  • Tiny, Wiggley Worms often found in the substrate.
  • 16. Pop Eye
  • One or both eyes protrude from the head in an unusual fashion.
  • 17. Skin / Gill Flukes
  • Fish gasps for air at the water's surface
  • Gills open and close rapidly
  • Gills are covered in mucus
  • 18. Swim Bladder Disease
  • Erratic Swimming Position
  • Loss of equilibrium
  • Fish will be unable to maintain buoyancy
  • 19. Vitamin Deficiencies
  • Scoliosis (Curved Spine)
  • Reduced Growth
  • Anorexia (Lack or Loss of Appetite)
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  • References/Further Reading

    The Manual of Fish Health
    Dr. Chris Andrews, Adrian Exell and Dr. Neville Carrington.
    New Jersey: Tetra Press, 1988

    Handbook of Fish Diseases
    Dieter Untergasser
    Translation by Howard H. Hirschhorn
    T.F.H. Publications, Inc., 1989


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