Agricultural Research Service scientists have discovered that adding this clay, called "kaolin," to water significantly improves the survival rate of channel catfish with columnaris disease
, which is caused by the bacterial pathogen Flavobacterium columnare.
EPIZOOTIOLOGY OF COLUMNARIS DISEASE IN AQUACULTURE AND SPORT FISHING PONDS LOCATED WITHIN A BOUNDED HYDROLOGIC SYSTEM HAITHAM H.
However, the epizootiology of columnaris disease in fish ponds has not been extensively studied.
This bacteria causes columnaris disease
, which affects many varieties of fish--everything from catfish to goldfish--and thus has a large economic impact.
It causes columnaris disease
, sometimes called peduncle disease or tail rot (in aquarium species, cotton-wool mouth), a significant source of economic loss in cultivated catfish, hybrid striped bass, and other fish species.