Do my fish need a light?

Do my fish need a light?

Fish respond to the same circadian rhythms as most other live on earth. For outdoor systems, this is easy to utilize for your fish, provided you do not blind them overnight with underwater lights. For the lowest stress environment, mimicking the natural outdoor cycle is best for your fish. If you cannot keep up with [...]

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Why does my goldfish float after eating?

Why does my goldfish float after eating?

Floating goldfish post-eating is a common issue that results in a internet wormhole. Let's get some facts straight: Goldfish are Physostomous Fish Yes, it's a big word. What is means is that goldfish, like many other carp, have a pneumatic duct between their swim bladder and esophagus. It connects in between the cranial and caudal [...]

Behavioral Signs of Disease in Fish

Behavioral Signs of Disease in Fish

Behavioral signs of disease are harder to spot for most fish owners than physical signs of disease. By watching your fishes' behavior consistently, for at least 5-10 minutes per day, you will be able to determine what is normal or abnormal for your fish. Some "fun fish quirks" may actually be a sign of a [...]

Physical Signs of Disease in Fish

How can you tell if your fish is sick? Here are the physical signs you should keep an eye out for if you owner fish. Behavioral signs of disease will be addressed in the next post. Trauma Most trauma events in fish present as open wounds. The fish above was in an outdoor pond that [...]

What do I feed my goldfish?

What do I feed my goldfish?

One of the most common pet fish do not come with many instructions. Goldfish are not the most efficient feed to mass converters, so they tend to produce more waste than many other species. It is recommended that goldfish start with 20-gallons per fish and have heavy filtration. Keep in mind that some fancy breeds [...]

Do Fish Get Cancer?

Unfortunately, fish are not immune from cancerous growths. And sharks, being fish, are included in this group. Like tumors in all other species, some are treatable, while others are not. Here are some of the most common cancers we seen in our daily practice. Goldfish Infiltrative Papilloma-Like Warts Mario the Goldfish - after receiving cryotherapy [...]

“Why can’t you diagnose and treat my fish over the phone, email, social media, etc?”

“Why can’t you diagnose and treat my fish over the phone, email, social media, etc?”

I mean, if people over the internet can do it, why can't veterinarians? Sorry to say, but being a state licensed veterinarian requires all patients have a valid VCPR, which is mandated by state veterinary practice laws. These laws may vary slightly by state, but for an example, here is what is laid out by [...]

New Year’s Resolutions for Fish Owners

New Year’s Resolutions for Fish Owners

Happy 2020! I'm sure you all have great resolutions for yourself and your family for the new decade, but what about your fish? We invite you to choose any and all of the below recommendations for happier, healthier fish in the new year! Perform ___% water change every ___ week(s) Put it on your calendar [...]

Our Favorite Posts of 2019

Our Favorite Posts of 2019

Another year almost gone! Catch up on some of our favorite posts from the past year. Many more to come in 2020, and we're always open to new ideas! Comment with any topics you would like us to cover in 2020 and beyond. May all your fish be happy and healthy in the new year. [...]

The Biggest Challenge in Aquatic Veterinary Medicine

The Biggest Challenge in Aquatic Veterinary Medicine

It's no secret that our veterinary medicine niche, aquatics, is minuscule. A rough estimate, gathered from AVMA, AAFV, WAVMA and IAAAM memberships, taking into consideration that two of those groups are international, puts aquatic veterinarians around 0.2% of the total veterinarians in the USA. I am proud to be one of them and one of [...]