Bacterial disease in Koi is a serious concern for both the hobbyist and the professional Koi keeper. Untreated, bacterial disease often results in fin rot, ulceration (Hole Disease) and mortality.
Until now, the most effective treatment has been the administration of antibiotics by means of injection. Obtaining the appropriate injectable antibiotics is often difficult for the average hobbyist, as these drugs and supplies require a prescription from a licensed Veterinarian.
Additionally, many hobbyists are understandably reluctant to inject their Koi, having had no training or experience in this procedure. Tricide Neo provides an excellent and often more effective and environmentally friendly alternative to dealing with a wide range of bacterial issues in Koi
What is Ulcer Disease? Ulcer Disease is a common bacterial disease of Koi and Goldfish, most often encountered in the Springtime. The reason the disease occurs so commonly in the Springtime is because the fish have just emerged from a long, cold winter during which time their immune system was non-functional. Parasites and bacterial pathogens all gain the "upper-hand" on these vulnerable fish.
Signs of Ulcer Disease: Fish with bacterial infections may appear with raised areas of scales which are simply red or appear "bruised". Untreated, these areas "blow out" and expose the tissues underneath. Untreated, these fish will die. Mouth rot is another common springtime bacterial infection. Tail and fin rot are also very common.
Pathogenesis: The way the bacterial infection "takes hold" is by a combination of fish "vulnerability" which is put in play by the harsh wintertime conditions. Second, a parasite or other stressor (poor water quality) is usually required to make the fish sufficiently vulnerable. Finally, the bacteria gain entrance to the skin and take control in the weakened fish and the signs of bacterial infection become plainly visible.