The Goldfish Doctor
Updated August 12, 2019
Author: Mike - FishLore Admin
By Elain Rushmore
Porcupine Digital Publishing (2004)
The Goldfish Doctor by Elain Rushmore is an easy to read eBook that covers many topics on fish health. This book covers a lot of ground regarding the keeping and care of goldfish. An overview of the topics discussed in this book:
- The ecological balance in an aquarium
- How to restore the ecological balance if disturbed
- How to diagnose problems when things go wrong
- How to treat problems properly
- How to prevent these problems from occurring
- How to protect your fish from stresses - which is the primary cause of fish disease
- How to properly euthanize your fish if it can't recover from disease
The fish problems and diseases covered in The Goldfish Doctor include: Anchor worm, Dropsy, Fin Rot, Fish Lice, Fish Pox, Fungus, Gill Flukes, Indigestion, Oxygen Starvation, Pop-eye, Skin Slime, Swim Bladder, Tumors, Ulcers, Velvet and White Spot (Ick). I liked the detailed diagnosis table that lists the common syptoms for each of the diseases covered. However, I was especially impressed with the diagnosis "guide" that can really help you to distinguish between diseases that closely resemble each other in their symptoms. This will give you the confidence needed to effectively treat the exact disease that your fish has come down with.
There is also a section on how to treat each of these problems and diseases and how to set up a hospital tank (quarantine tank). Another section goes into detail on how you can prevent these problems from happening in the first place.
Diagnosing tropical fish diseases can be difficult for even advanced aquarists and the Goldfish Doctor makes diagnosing your fish diseases very easy. This book makes a great addition to any aquarists library. It is easy to read and full of very helpful information. We give The Goldfish Doctor