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i am a VERY GOOD doctor 5 18.52%
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i am neither good neither bad 9 33.33%
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Old 07-01-2008, 10:34 AM   #11
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i think that, without owning a microscope, you cannot call yourself a doctor.
I don't think owning a microscope has anyhting to do with diagnosing fish disease. One could have one, know how to use it, and be awful at disease diagnosis. I think it takes experience and hopefully one doesn't have the experience needed to be an expert at diagnosing fish disease.

I'm ok at it, but I'm fine with that. It means that I haven't had fish diseases in my tank so I haven't had to research different disease subjects.
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:06 AM   #12
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I think the trick is to be able to tell there is a problem when the fish is only a little bit sick, then you still have time to look up symptoms and get advise.
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Old 07-01-2008, 07:18 PM   #13
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I don't think owning a microscope has anyhting to do with diagnosing fish disease. One could have one, know how to use it, and be awful at disease diagnosis. I think it takes experience and hopefully one doesn't have the experience needed to be an expert at diagnosing fish disease.

I'm ok at it, but I'm fine with that. It means that I haven't had fish diseases in my tank so I haven't had to research different disease subjects.
honestly, i think that if you have never had problems with your tank, you cannot call yourself a doctor.

people that HAD problems and corrected them can call themselves docs.

... now i know in your particular case it's not the case ...
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Old 07-01-2008, 08:15 PM   #14
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I've had problems in my tank (the diseases mentioned in my initial post) but I wouldn't call myself a doctor. IMO to call yourself a doctor you need a phd or md. But since we are not getting technical about it and using your definition, then sure I'm a doctor.
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Old 07-01-2008, 08:21 PM   #15
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A few simple rules to follow regarding fish health;

Identity: Familiarity with its natural environment? Where was it collected from?
Behavioral: Passive? Reclusive? Predatory? Nocturnal? Energetic?
Physical: High/low disease tolerance? Sensitivity to changes in environment? Medication Sensitivity?

Retail;
Water Sample: NH3? NO2? NO3? pH? Salinity? Hardness? Temperature?
Disease Control: Physical/Behavioral abnormalities? External parasites? Internal parasites (regional)? Bacterial infections?
System: Flow-through? Pre-treatments? Other inhabitant degradation?

Treatments: Do you have a basic plan? Familiarity with medications? Adverse reaction control? Familiarity with dosages? Sedation techniques? Biopsy techniques?

These are just some basic questions you can ask yourself before purchasing a fish or even invertebrate. You do not have to be a doctor or vet. to maintain efficient disease prognosis.
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Old 07-05-2008, 10:49 AM   #16
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I'm sure the OP did not intend to have aquarist's misrepresent themselves as doctors and was only attempting to discover how successful folks have been in treating fish over their individual experiences.

That being said, I'm not such as bad "doctor". I've treated parasites very successfully over the years.
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Old 07-05-2008, 04:09 PM   #17
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I'm sure the OP did not intend to have aquarist's misrepresent themselves as doctors and was only attempting to discover how successful folks have been in treating fish over their individual experiences.

That being said, I'm not such as bad "doctor". I've treated parasites very successfully over the years.
yes you are right, i did not mean to find out how many of you have studies in fishology i used "doctor" more in the terms of a "healer"


to continue on the thread's ideea, i think our major problem is HOW TO IDENTIFY the RIGHT diseases.
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To identify the right disease, note all symptoms. Some diseases are easier to diagnose (ie: Ich, popeye, dropsy, etc) and can be done by posting a pic here and listing the symptoms. Or even researching different diseases until you find the one that fits. For the less obvious diseases, try the process of elimination. And if you are stuck, post a threa in the Unhealthy Fish forum so more people can help figure out what disease has struck the tank.
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To be blunt, I think the major factor in disease ignorance is the lack of personal research and the desire for a quick cure for any and all maladies. Fish health/disease guides are readily available in virtually step by step instructions, yet not utilized other than in professional fields (excluding lfs). Assertive quarantine procedures would be another means in aiding long-term health; however, it seems many are content with a "wait and see" approach allowing immune systems to be compromised.
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To be blunt, I think the major factor in disease ignorance is the lack of personal research and the desire for a quick cure for any and all maladies. Fish health/disease guides are readily available in virtually step by step instructions, yet not utilized other than in professional fields (excluding lfs). Assertive quarantine procedures would be another means in aiding long-term health; however, it seems many are content with a "wait and see" approach allowing immune systems to be compromised.
Agreed... that it is mostly lack of knowledge but if "Fish health/disease guides are readily available in virtually step by step instructions", then instead of just mentioning it, these guides should be posted on the forum, with links, for all to see and follow.

Also, the names of the snake oil cure-alls that are on the market in the lfs should be published (and there are many of them), telling all readers the what and why they are snake oil cures so knowledgable people can avoid them.

It wasn't too long ago that about the only medication for curing fish disease was "methylene blue"...

The "wait and see" method does not work.
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