If you maintain a fish aquarium then you may already know that careful observation of your fish on a regular basis is crucial. This will give you the ability to detect problems with your fish early on and to provide adequate treatment before it is too late. One thing you should always be on the lookout for is clamped fins. This can easily be detected because your fish will pull its fins in close to its body, rather than letting them flow freely.
Clamped fin is only a symptom of another problem and not a disease in itself. If your fish is displaying signs of clamped fin, it could indicate several things, including your fish is unhappy with the water quality in the aquarium or that a parasite has attacked the fish. The good news is that this is typically an early symptom in the fish, which gives you plenty of time to treat it.
Check the Water Quality in the Aquarium
Your first step is to check the overall water quality of your aquarium, including the temperature and chemical balances, especially the pH balance. If anything is off balance corrective action is required. However, be sure to implement any changes in the tank slowly, as to not overstress the fish. You should also perform a thorough cleaning of the tank, including cleaning the gravel and any decorations.
You may also want to change about 40% of the water in the tank, to provide your fish with fresh water. Once all these changes have been made, you should continue to observe your fish. You may notice a change within just a few hours. However, if your fish is still displaying sings of clamped fish after 24 hours, more treatments are necessary.
Add Salt to the Tank to treat Clamped Fins
Salt treatments are very effective at treating a variety of illnesses in fish. Since, you are not sure what is causing the clamped fish, it is best to treat the entire tank. This will prevent the spread of any type of disease. You should add one tablespoons of salt for every five gallons of water in your tank. In many cases, this treatment will effectively take care of the problem.
However, if your fish is still not better, look closely for other signs of illness in your fish. Recheck all your water conditions and provide your fish with antibiotic fish food for seven to ten days. Be sure to remove any active carbon from the tank prior to adding any type of treatment to the water, including salt treatments.
While clamped fins is usually an early symptom of an illness, it is still important that you take action immediately. Precautionary measures, such as maintaining the proper water temperature and chemical balances, can go a long way in the prevention of clamped fin. You should also make sure that your tank is kept clean at all times. You should avoid overcrowding your tank and overfeeding your fish. This can lead to less the adequate water conditions, which can cause a variety of diseases and infections.