Water Quality Conundrums – Answers

Water Quality Conundrums – Answers

Before you scroll down, make sure you take the time to read over our questions first! Problem 1: 50-gallon goldfish tank ParameterValueAmmonia3 mg/LNitrite0 mg/LNitrate0 mg/LpH4.5kH0 mg/LTemperature70 F Answers to Problem 1: What are your main concerns? Ammonia too high, pH too low and kH too low. Is there a name for this syndrome? Old Tank/Pond [...]

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Betta Over-Feeding

Betta Over-Feeding

It's an unfortunate event when one of these shows up on our service. A tiny betta with a large lump on their belly. Of the follow differentials, none of them are any good: over-feeding, Mycobacteria or a tumor. Sometimes, if a fish is cooperative, we can do a quick ultrasound and get a clearer picture. [...]

Water Quality Conundrums

Water Quality Conundrums

Since we all have more time on our hands at home, we thought we'd do something a little bit different. Below are 5 water quality results. It is up to you to determine what the issues are, name the syndrome, if present, and how to correct the results to make them safe for fish! You [...]

Fish For Outdoor Ponds

Fish For Outdoor Ponds

Thinking about adding a pond to your landscape or investing more in what you already have? If you're thinking about adding more fish to your pond, we advise you wait until your pond has been eating for a few weeks or late spring. This allows your fish to have an effective immune response should something [...]

Seven Years of Aquatic Veterinary Services

Seven Years of Aquatic Veterinary Services

I can't believe another year has passed. Has doing this job gotten any easier? In some ways yes, in others, not so much. We still struggle against the age-old stigma that pet fish don't have access to or require veterinary care. We still get bad reviews from people who's expectations do not match up. I [...]

System Deep Clean – Fish Warning

System Deep Clean – Fish Warning

Many systems can benefit from a deep cleaning once a year or twice a year. In order to get in there and get all the muck out, some owners and maintenance companies will remove the fish and put them in a temporary holding tank. Before you toss the fish back into the clean system, keep [...]

The Fish Products You ACTUALLY Need

The Fish Products You ACTUALLY Need

There have been countless appointments where our veterinary staff gets a long history of illness accompanied by 10-20 different OTC fish tank products. Some claiming this, others that; none of which help treat the problem. Of all the "magical" over-the-counter fish tank and pond additives, which ones do you ACTUALLY need? Water Conditioner/Dechlorinator This product [...]

New Books Coming Soon

Interested in learning more about fish health and wellness? We've been working hard on some new educational resources for all you pet fish owners! Introducing... How to Kill Your Goldfish, Koi & Betta! Disclaimer: We obviously do NOT want you to kill your fish. This book will show you how to keep that from happening! [...]

How to Add Aquaponics to Your Fish System

How to Add Aquaponics to Your Fish System

Looking to decrease your water changes and grow some delicious veggies for your family to enjoy? Then you need AQUAPONICS! What is "aquaponics?" Aquaponics utilizes "natural" fertilizers in water to grow plants. It is similar to "hydroponics," which uses synthetic fertilizers to grow plants. Aquaponics most often refers to growing fish and plants simultaneously, using [...]

Plants in Koi Ponds

Plants in Koi Ponds

We have had several of our clients ask us if it is okay to put plants in koi ponds. Simple answer? Yes! But aren’t plants bad for fish? Not one published scientific study has shown any plants attacking fish. Yes, they may be carrying different bacteria or parasites, but you can avoid this by simple [...]