Just A Though About Internal Parasites

  1. Livielupop

    Livielupop Valued Member Member

    In the past I've had fish die with their stomachs getting really skinny all of a sudden. They're acting fine but eventually chill at the bottom till their death...it really confuses me. My water parameters are always pristine when this kind of thing happens and all the other fish are all healthy. I wonder though if a fish dies like this and it is most likely and internal parasite could it affect the other fish?
  2. maggie thecat

    maggie thecat Well Known Member Member

    Internal parasites have several forms throughout their lifecycle, including being an egg that is dropped in the feces of host fish. That egg hatches and becomes a larva or other intermediate form. These other forms attract fish, who eat them, and the cycle repeats.

    So if parasites have been a concern, then worming your entire tank at appropriate intervals is a sensible precaution.
  3. Aquaphobia

    Aquaphobia Fishlore Legend Member

    It is possible. What kind of fish does this happen to? It could also be old age or cancer or any number of things that cause wasting.
  4. p

    purslanegarden Well Known Member Member

    including that somehow, that particular fish isn't getting to the food before the others do. eventually he loses strength to keep trying, chills out and dies.
  5. OP

    Livielupop Valued Member Member