Goldfish Fish Tuberculosis

mycobacteria that cause fish tuberculosis

Fish tuberculosis is one of the very few goldfish illnesses that can be transferred to humans. It is caused by the mycobacterium, and it is very important to take precautions when dealing with infected goldfish. Make sure you use gloves when cleaning a tank infected with fish TB and don't start a siphon with your mouth.

Fish TB is hard to treat, so prevention is the key: eliminate stress and keep your aquarium clean.


The Symptoms of Fish Tuberculosis

Early symptoms include:

  • Not eating
  • Listlessness
  • Color loss
  • Sometimes goldfish with tuberculosis will also have a bent spine.

In the latter stages of the illness the goldfish will:

  • Lose weight
  • Suffer broken skin
  • Have swollen eyes

However, symptoms may not appear at all and the first sign of fish tuberculosis is several goldfish dying within a short space of time.

How to Treat Fish Tuberculosis?

The best place to seek treatment for goldfish illnesses such as tuberculosis is the vet. If treatable, a human anti-TB drug will most likely be prescribed. Like a lot of goldfish illnesses, if fish tuberculosis is in an advanced stage, medication will not help.