Re: NANFA-L-- Fish TB?

Mysteryman (
Tue, 26 Apr 2005 23:37:15 -0700 wrote:
> I was considering getting rainbowfish for my aquarium, but heard that
> they are more likely to catch fish TB than other tropicals. The reason
> was that they have not been kept as long, so they do not have as much
> immunity. It is a zoonotic disease, but wouldn't a human face just as
> much risk of catching it from a native fish? They have been kept in
> captivity for a much shorter time than rainbowfish.
> Thanks,
> Andrew

USA natives have been kept for a great deal longer than Australian
Rainbows, but I doubt that matters anyway.
Rainbows have a higher incidence of TB? Because they are relatively new
to the hobby?

This is the first I heard about it. I don't believe it for an instant,
but maybe someone can shed some light on this?

At any rate, I wouldn't worry about it if I were you. I have seen
rainbows, mostly Glossolepis sp., which have had a high rate of lesions
on their sides, but it didn't strike me as TB. Maybe it is, who knows?
Still, I've seen far more numerous perfectly healthy ones than sick
ones, so I wouldn't worry about it. Just quarantine your fish and keep
their permanent tank nice and clean.
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