Fish Disease Diagnostic
The Fish Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at the
UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory (TAL) is
a full-service lab available to commercial
Florida fish producers, wholesalers, and
retailers as well as state agencies. Services
offered include water chemistry testing, parasitology, bacteriology,
histology, and virology. The laboratory
has a full-time veterinary staff and also works
collaboratively with other veterinary
specialists and laboratories in the state.
encouraged to contact the laboratory as soon as
a disease problem is suspected. Treating
fish before their submission to the lab can
greatly interfere with the ability to diagnose
the cause of the disease. We strongly encourage
all clients to provide a separate water sample
from affected systems for analysis even if no
water quality problems are suspected.
The lab is open
Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM Eastern
time. However, it is always best to
contact the lab before preparing fish for
delivery or shipment. Please call
813-671-5230 Ext. 0 and ask to speak to someone
in the diagnostic lab.
Please contact the
laboratory regarding fees for the various
We are unable to provide disease diagnostics
for aquarium hobbyists, recreational pond
owners, or non-commercial ornamental
(koi/goldfish) pond owners.
you may search for an aquatic veterinarian
Florida Veterinary Medical Association
(FVMA) will also soon be adding a
"Find-A-Vet" link for aquatic animal health
professionals. If you are unable to find
veterinary assistance using these two sites,
please contact us and we will be happy to
try to help you find an aquatic veterinarian
or laboratory who can assist you.