Amyloodinium and Cryptocaryon

Two microorganisms, one a free-swimming protozoan and the other a form of algae, are responsible for almost all of the disease problems with which saltwater aquarium enthusiasts must cope. Both of these parasites can be easily treated with copper medication, but a novice aquarist may fail to notice the telltale signs of disease until it is too late. Don't make this common mistake! Any fish that exhibits rapid, shallow fanning of the gill covers or that stays in an area of high water movement near the surface or that has any other symptom that would suggest it is having trouble getting enough oxygen, should be treated at once. Hours are important.

Amyloodinium, a rogue algae, attacks the gills, robbing the fish of its ability to extract oxygen from the water. For reef fish accustomed to water supersaturated with oxygen, this is extremely stressful. Debilitated by stress, the fish may next be attacked by Cryptocaryon, the protozoan parasite. If you fail to recognize that your fish is stressed, you may notice nothing out of the ordinary until little white dots, the reproductive stage of c-\

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