How to Get Rid of Parasites in a Fish Tank

Ensure the health of your fish by immediately removing parasites.
Ensure the health of your fish by immediately removing parasites. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Maintaining a clean and healthy tank is essential for the health and longevity of your fish. Underwater parasites can be one of a fish tank's biggest detriments and can spread quickly. Upon discovering parasites in your fish tank, there are necessary procedures to take to ensure that the parasites are controlled and removed, ensuring the health of your everything living in your tank. Learn the steps to take and implement them immediately to keep your fish as healthy as possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Siphon
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Scrubber
  • Water conditioner

Remove any infected fish and quarantine it in a separate aquarium. A tub or bucket will suffice if another aquarium isn't available. Remove all other fish and put them in a separate bowl or aquarium away from any infected fish.

Purchase saltwater or freshwater dip and apply it to any infected fish to remove the parasites from the fish. Follow the instructions or veterinarian instructions applying dip or other medication to your fish.

Drain all water from your fish tank by either using cups or buckets to remove the water, or by siphoning the water into a separate tub.

Remove all items from the tank including sand or gravel and put into a separate bucket. Rinse all removed items thoroughly using fresh water before leaving them out to dry in the sun.

Create a solution using a cup of vinegar and a cup of warm water. Submerge the scrubber into the solution and thoroughly scrub the inside of the tank. Rinse the tank well with clean water when complete.

Add water back into your tank as well as any items that were removed. Add water conditioner to the water and wait for it to reach a safe temperature for your fish. Consult your fish store for water conditioner that is compatible with your fish.

Reinsert your fish into the tank. Pour out any water that was removed earlier.

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