del Rio-Rodriguez RE & Turnbull J (1999) Aerobic microflora of imported ornamental fish from Singapore and South America. Part 1: Characterisation. Fish Veterinary Journal, (4), pp. 1-16. http://www.fishvetsociety.org.uk/images/stories/pdf/fvsjournalissue4.pdf
The primary aim of this study was to investigate the distribution patterns and the role of the aerobic bacterial flora associated with the importation of tropical ornamental fish. The samples examined included shipping water, fish tissue and bacteraemic fish from the two main supply regions of these fish on arrival into the UK and during the period of commercialization. Following determination of the bacterial patterns, the research focussed on the role of bacteria in fish mortality and the antibiogram of the most persistent microflora. The results enabled an assessment of the efficacy of the most effective antimicrobials during bath treatment trials, as well as an evaluation of the performance of antibiotics currently used by the industry. This is the first of three papers, and discusses the results of sampling the aerobic bacterial flora from imported tropical ornamental fish and their transportation water over a six-month period.
Fish Veterinary Journal, Issue 4