By Dr. Erik L. Johnson, Veterinarian AAA Assess <> Assure <> Attack Assess, Assure, and then Attack. All fish sickness is a complex relationship of Pond Conditions, Fish Condition, and the “Bug” (Pathogen). “AAA” stands for the simple steps of “Assess, Assure, and Attack. ” That is, “Assess” the fish and pond, then “Assure” a healthy pond for the sick fish, then “Attack” the Bug. If you skimmed the above, you should re-read it, and understand that a failure to understand and deploy all three components of disease control will inevitably lead to failure. All the medicine in the land will NOT heal a fish that continues to live in an unclean pond. Conversely, a perfectly managed pond will not prevent a fish from being vulnerable to a serious But, and so on. “AAA” can be digested into Twenty “Action” Items, executed or considered in this EXACT order EVERY single time.