In this post we are going to discuss the following:

  • Quarantine sick fish
  • Adding salt to the water
  • Lifeguard

How To Treat Sick Fish

Quarantine Sick Fish

It’s a good idea to quarantine fish that are sick. For some, this is easier said than done because they only have one tank. That being said it’s a good idea to have a small tank set up such as a 10 gallon that can serve as your quarantine tank. Once you have a quarantine tank set up can easily treat a sick fish without having to expose other fish in your aquarium to unnecessary medications. Also, the smaller the tank that you use, the better off you’ll be. You’ll save money by using a smaller tank because you will not have to use as much medication for such a small body of water.

Adding Salt To Water

Certain fish can benefit from a small dose of salt being added to their water to help get rid of certain sicknesses. However, this can be dangerous for certain kinds of fish. So before you consider using salt as a treatment option be sure to seek professional advice about your particular type of fish before using salt. If you haven’t aquarium that has multiple species of fish you may need to separate the ones that do not accept salt as a treatment. Most fish that are considered fragile fish will not take salt as a sickness treatment

How To Treat Sick Fish


Lifeguard is a great all-around fish sickness medication. We have been using it on all of our tanks for years now. Lifeguard can become quite expensive depending on how much water that needs to be treated. This is why we recommend using a smaller quarantine tank to help reduce the cost of medications and reduce the chances of a sickness being spread. Lifeguard in our opinion is a miracle treatment. The reason why we love it so much is that it has never had any adverse effects on any of our fish or our shrimp. Lifeguard is not designed to use with shrimp. However, we have used it, and it did not harm them. If you need a good all around medication to treat any kind of sickness your fish has we recommend Lifeguard.

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