Common Sense Fish Health Management in the Home Aquarium
Thu, Apr 01, 2021 7:15 pm
Managing fish disease in the home aquarium can be very challenging. Many entry level aquarists do not understand why their fish may be sick, and consequently may use a plethora of drugs to treat unidentified illnesses – often with poor results. This presentation will review the process of determining why a fish may be sick and review common “do no harm” strategies to provide quality nursing care at home. The main points to be addressed will include when (and how) to locate professional help, how to use clean water and environmental management to mitigate some health problems, and proper use of salinity adjustments to help stabilize sick fish. There will be time for questions and answers following the short presentation.
Ruth Francis-Floyd is an aquatic veterinarian and aquaculture specialist from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She has a joint appointment in the UF Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation and works closely with scientists at the UF Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory. Recent research has focused on health of the long-spined sea urchin (Diadema antillarum) in the Caribbean, but she has worked with Florida’s ornamental fish industry since the 1980s. She also works with captive and wild game fish, particularly largemouth bass. Dr. Francis-Floyd completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Florida in 1983 and a Master of Science degree at Mississippi State University in 1985. She has been working in aquatic animal health for her entire career and enjoys working with students, business owners and pet owners to help them improve the care and enjoyment of their fish.