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Skin Slime Disease (Costiasis)

This article was worked on by our good friend Nads, this took a lot of her time up to sort it out which will help our members time and time again. Thanks to Nads for this.

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Skin Slime Disease (Costiasis)

PostAuthor: Nads » Sun Feb 17, 2008 10:50

Skin Slime Disease is a condition caused by the presence of Costia (an external parasite). The condition gets it's name due to the excess mucus produced by affected fish.

Symptoms

Initial symptoms include;

- Excess mucus production causing the skin to take on a greyish cloudy coating

- Skin may appear rough

- Flashing

- Lethargy

- Loss of appetite

Severely affected fish may show some of the following symptoms;

- Scales and skin peel away

- Erosion of the fins

- Hypoxia

- Secondary bacterial or fungal infections


Cause

Skin Slime Disease is caused by the presence of ecto-parasites of the Costia group.

The condition can spread by direct contact between fish.


Treatment

Skin Slime Disease treatments are available from most fish stores.
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