No, not a cartoon character, but rather a physical descriptor. Fish popeye is another common problem we run into at our practice. What is “popeye” and how can it be treated? Is there a way to prevent it in your fish? Common Causes of Fish Popeye The #1 cause ofLearn More →

There are many fanciful varieties of guppies, with “proprietary” strains being offered at almost every online site. Guppies are prolific and colorful fish, but beware when you search out these rare and unique strains. Like overbred goldfish, guppy inbreeding is rampant among these extra special varietals, so owners please beLearn More →

One of the most common calls we get from our clients is for fish with “fin rot.” Fin rot in pet fish is easily confused with trauma and general illness, especially in fish with ornate tails, such as bettas and fancy goldfish. So what exactly is “fin rot,” and howLearn More →

Well, these lumps on your goldfish aren’t actually “warts,” but it’s the best descriptive term we have. Most of these growths are benign cutaneous tumors within the layers of the fish’s skin. (Technically nerve sheath tumors aka neurofibromas or shwannomas.) It is very common to have goldfish with a fewLearn More →

Did you know that your new aquatic plants may be harboring bacteria and parasites that could hurt your fish? Learn how to combat this and keep your fish safe and healthy!Learn More →

Many people will say that some fish, goldfish in particular, will “grow to the size of their container.” If given lots of room and food, carp species, including goldfish and koi, have the potential for ridiculous growth, up to 16-20″! Many of the largest goldfish even seen were once petsLearn More →

Instead of the standard, “we tell you to buy this food,” we’re going to give you the tools to take ANY bag of koi food and decide if it’s “good” or “bad.” And what you think is “good,” may not be the same as what your neighbors think is “good,”Learn More →

First, let’s get one thing straight: not all quarantine protocols are legitimate. You may have been told your fish has been “quarantined,” but what does that really mean? How long was the quarantine? Were they mixed with fish from other dealers? Were they prophylacticly treated with anything? We know ourLearn More →

Most fish don’t have to work very hard to swim. Their streamlined bodies and powerful tails allow them effortless propulsion through the water column. But what if your tail is mostly just for show, like a betta? It’s the equivalent to trying to swim in a ballgown. For all ofLearn More →

Cryotherapy is being used more and more in aquatic veterinary medicine, but how does it work? DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. Like cryotherapy in other species, the most beneficial treatments are for superficial skin issues. Our office commonly uses cryotherapy to treat external lumps and skin disease like hikui.Learn More →