These are parasites and worms that attack the outside of the fish, either the skin or gills. Fish that have been infected often will dart around the tank and scratch themselves against rocks and plants trying to remove the parasite. These can spread quickly if left untreated. Parasitic infections include White Spot or Ich, Costiais, Gill and Skin Flukes and Fish Louse Infection. If a fish is showing any signs of a parasitic infection then treatment should be administered immidiatly. The sooner the infection is treated the better chance of curing the infection.
White Spot: Commonly know as Ick. Fish may have white spots on its body. They will scratch against objects in the tank. A fish with symptoms of Ich can be treated and cured using Copper Safe.
Costiasis: Skin and gills will have a slimy blue to white color. They will scratch against objects in the tank. A fish that is showing symptoms of Costiasis can be treated with General Cure or Copper Safe.
Gill and Skin Flukes: Inflamed gills and patches on the skin. Fish will scratch against objects in the tank. A fish that has been infected with skin or gill flukes can be treated using General Cure or Copper Safe.
Fish Louse: Nervous swimming and jumpiness together with frequent scratching against objects in the tank. A fish that is showing symptoms of being infected with Fish Lice can be treated using General Cure.