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The roots of most Evils

When it comes to fish and the things we hate see with them, most often it comes down to the basics:
Ammonia
Nitrites
Nitrates over 40ppm
Lack of water changes
GH, KH and/or pH not proper for the fishes needsUncycled tank
Stress from other fish

This is what always needs to be addressed in order to diagnose a problem with a fish. Once we can eliminate all of the above causes then and only then can we focus on treating a more specific disease like a swim bladder problem, infections or popeye. Sometimes it is too late once the major symptoms have come on but if we can catch the basics early enough then most times we can prevent the majors or at least have the situation in hand so the fish at least has a chance to survive the next stage of the problem.
 

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Sounds about right Herefishy,

An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of treatment.

If your hand is burning it doesn't help to treat it until you take it out of the fire.

Don't blame the barista if you burn your tongue on hot cofee.

Throwing caution to the wind is just asking for a face full of sand in return.

And my Favorite:
If you have never jumped from a plane before how do you know if what you are wearing is actually a parachute?
 
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