Prepararation For The Consult

Algal Problems

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Diagnosing fish diseases can sometimes be more involved than the more traditional veterinary consult. It is not as simple as bringing your fish to the vet. Fish consults require a special approach. To help Dr Loh provide you the best advice, please prepare beforehand, all the information TheFishVet may require.

Some useful information that you can bring along to help with the evidence gathering process:

1. The fish in question or the worst affected fish.

*Note down any signs of disease (see the fact sheet on "How to Tell When a Fish is Sick").

2. Aquarium dimensions (length, width and height), planting and the number and type of fish it houses.

3. Any medications you have used, or are using;

*Please note that by treating your pet before taking it to the vet may mask the presence of certain diseases and make diagnosis more difficult.

4. Water samples:
Tap water,

*chlorine and pH levels may be the problem.

Aquarium water without fish,

An equivalent volume of water so your fish can go home in clean water,

*also very important if we need to anaesthetise the fish.

*Fish are constantly in intimate contact with water that a great proportion of fish diseases stems from poor water quality. The water test for pH, ammonia, nitrate and nitrite is strongly recommended to provide a more complete picture of the problem.

5. Fish food (in its container).

*Certain diet types may be unsuitable or may not meet the nutritional needs of your pet fish.

6. Information about your equipment:

Your powerhead specifications (the number often denotes the volume of water it turnovers per hour);
*Lighting, Filtration type, material and size.

If you have any problems gathering these information beforehand, Dr Loh should be able to work it out with you during the consult.



Dr Richmond Loh is a fish veterinarian, diagnosing fish diseases and provides fish medicine. The Fish Vet has a mobile veterinary clinic and makes home visits to see your fish in their aquarium, pond, tank or dam. So whether you are a fish keeper, fish hobbyist, fish farmer, aquaculturist, ornamental fish retailer, fish wholesaler, fish exporter or a public aquarium or zoo, The Fish Vet can see you. Some of Dr Loh's patients include Siamese fighting fish, guppies, goldfish, koi carp, cichlid (such as oscars, discus, angel fish and Malawi cichlids), marine fishes (such as clown fish, seahorses, sharks, rays), or large fishes such as murray cod, giant gourami and saratoga (the Aussie version of arowana or dragon fish). Dr Loh does water testing (looking at pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, carbonate hardness, general hardness, water temperature, etc.), utilises a microscope to examine your fish's ailments and has access to laboratory testing. Dr Loh has a mobile fish pharmacy, and carries all the medications (e.g. metronidazole or Flagyl, antibiotics such as enrofloxacin or Baytril, praziquantel or fish wormer, fish anaesthetics) that can be dispensed immediately to treat your fish. He has all the fish dose rates and can give in-water medication or injections. Otherwise, veterinary prescriptions can be written if the drug is not in stock.
Common reasons why fish owners call The Fish Vet is because they have sick fish or had searched the internet about any of the following topics that may include viral infection, lymphocystis, gourami iridovirus, carp pox, herpesvirus, bacterial infection, bacterial ulcer, aeromonas, yersiniosis, Yersinia, vibrio, vibriosis, flavobacter, flexibacter, streptococcus iniae, mycobacteria, fish tb, fish tuberculosis, septicaemia, bacteraemia, fungal disease, saprolegnia, achlya, cotton wool disease, fish parasite, protozoal, white spot disease, ich, cryptocaryon, trichodina, chilodonella, costia, ichthyobodo, oodinium, amyloodinium, nematode, round worm, camallanus, flat worm, monogenetic trematode, digenean, flukes, dactylogyrus, gyrodactylus, lice, argulus, anchor worm, lernaea, zoonotic diseases, toxicity, bloat, swimbladder disease, swim bladder infection, pine cone appearance, dropsy, pop eye, popeye, exophthalmia, hikui, jumped out, goldfish laying on its side, hole in the head, head and lateral line erosion, HLLE, HITH, cotton wool disease, fin rot, redness, frayed fins, physical injury, buoyancy disorder, loss of appetite, ulcer disease, ulceration, lesions, haemorrhage, columnaris, wasting disease, velvet disease or not eating.
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