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Fish Parasite Problems

Fish parasite problems can pose a real health risk to your fish. Although parasite can be present in all fish in small quantities, making them quite harmless. If there are signs of parasites, it is important to treat the problem quickly and correctly, so that they do not endanger the health, or even the life, of your fish.

There are generally two types of fish parasites: ectoparasites, which are found on the external surfaces of the fish (skin, fins and gills) and endoparasites are typically found on the internal organs and tissues.

The most common parasite problems, especially among ornamental fish, are ectoparasitic, and can include, leeches, lice and anchor worms, which can be seen with the naked eye. Other indications are swelling or redness on certain surfaces of the fish, or the fish's tendency to rub or scrape itself against other surfaces.