Cotton Mouth is one of the most difficult diseases a fish can get. It is also known as Mouth Fungus and, in case of infestation, the fish has to be treated as soon as possible. This type of illness is highly contagious, infectious and, in many cases, deadly. It is even more contagious than the spot disease.
One of the clearest symptoms of the Cotton Mouth is a white fungus round the lips and the chicks. Also, in most cases the lips become swollen and they rot. You will notice that rotten lip pieces come in and out of the fish’s mouth while he breathes. This along with lose of the appetite and a state of apathy are the clearest signs of infection. If the fish doesn’t get treatment in due time, the infection eats away its frontal part of the head and finally, the fish dies.
Many specialists even recommend that the fish is killed if he gets this disease so that the infection doesn’t spread among the other fish in the aquarium. If you encounter this problem, ask yourself if trying to save one fish is worth the life of all the others in the tank.
If you decide to treat your fish, here are some ideas of what you can do:
- clean the fish’s lips with a 5% silver mercury solution.
- mix Terramycin and Aureomycuin (dissolve 50mg per gallon of water) and pour it into the talk water. Results could appear within 48 hours.
- take a soft cloth and dip it into a strong salt solution. After that you swab the mouth of the infected fish with it and then put the cloth into a jar containing salty water.
Besides these remedies, a very popular treatment is the Methylene blue solution. This means you have to stick the fish into a jar or bucket and color the water blue with methylene blue solution and leave the fish there to sit and get treated.
All these remedies could work really well if you do them as soon as possible.