Vibriosis or red plague

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Efreya Waitecker

Vibriosis or red plague: it is a rare disease in aquarium fish but not less important. Moreover, in the few cases that appears this disease is usually fatal. To combat it the best option is prevention, prevention is always better than cure, so prevention will be a key factor in the fight against vibriosis or red plague.

The pestred , red bubonic plague or vibriosis is a parasitic disease affecting marine water fish, caused by the presence in the animal's organism of Vibrio anguillarium. It is a rare but usually fatal disease, and can be defined as the most serious of all those affecting marine aquarium fish.

The first symptoms are the following.usual in any outbreak of disease , such as spasms, lack of appetite, apathy or desquamation. But the fish will also present red spots on the belly and sides of its body, ulcerations, red fins and eyes of the same color. In addition, the spasms will become increasingly violent and sudden, to the point that it seems that the fish has gone crazy.

Theappearance of this parasite, very rare fortunately, occurs in salty waters around 15 degrees of temperature, although there is also knowledge of symptoms in wider temperature ranges.

To combat this very dangerous disease there are certain specific means, such as copper sulfate, in solution prepares 10 c / c per 100 liters of water. Obviously it will beideal if it is administered to the sick specimen in a hospital aquarium, although it should not be harmful to do so in the community aquarium. However, it must be taken into account in these cases the species that populate the aquarium, as some species such as labrids are particularly sensitive to copper and require a lower dose to avoid being affected. On the contrary, it should be increased when theaquarium contains many calcareous elements such as molluscs or madrepores. The best way to prevent this disease or any of them, is to have a clean and healthy aquarium, for them it is advisable to test and analysis of aquariums to see the deficiencies that this lends.

There are also other specific remedies marketed to combat this disease, mainly based onstrepmoicin, aureomycin, and sulfanilamide.

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