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    Thread: Does it stick around...

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      Does it stick around...

      Hi everyone. If you had and out break of any Illnesses does it stick around in the water?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Khristopher View Post
      Hi everyone. If you had and out break of any Illnesses does it stick around in the water?
      It really depends on what "it" is. Most parasites require a host and can't live long free swimming. But something like a virus can
      be present longer... so it really depends on what you mean by illness.
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      Bacteria and many parasites are always around, but if the fish is healthy, not stressed, and does not have a break in the slime coat or skin, the fish do not become ill. Stress from bad water quality, moving the fish from one place to another, overcrowding, or an injury will weaken the fish's immune system, so the fish will become ill.


      As Steve correctly pointed out, parasites require a host and are free swimming only for a short period; however, eggs can survive a long time without a host being present, and low levels of parasites are often found on "healthy" fish. Again, if the fish's immune system is up to par, a few parasites do not cause any harm; however, the parasites are almost always present. Diseases happen when something upsets the balance, which allows the parasites to overcome the fish's defenses.

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      Are you doing water changes with a chloramine binder to get it out?
      My opinions in ER and on this forum are mine only. Use my advice at your own discretion.

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