Do my fish need a light?

Do my fish need a light?

Fish respond to the same circadian rhythms as most other life 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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Stress in Fish

Fish respond to a "stressful event" the same way as all other animals, humans included. What defines a "stressful event" may differ, but the behavioral and biological changes are the same. The Stress Response With any stressor, a fish's body will react in the following: Primary Response - seconds to hours after eventIncreased corticosteroid and [...]

How to Choose a Fish Food

There are numerous fish diets on the market and making the critical decision of good vs. bad is not very straightforward. With too much information, your brain goes on overload and you will simply buy the cheapest or most expensive food. When deciding on a food for your fish, take a little extra time to [...]

Fish System Cycling

If you are new or old to the fish keeping hobby, no doubt you have heard the phrase "system cycling." What does this mean? To "cycle" an aquarium is to establish its biological filtration, more specifically, your nitrogen cycle. Cycling refers to the colonization of beneficial bacteria to convert your fishes' primary waste, ammonia, into [...]

Aquarium Filtration

How do you choose the best filter for your fish tank? There are two main types of filters you can use on your aquarium - hang-on and canister. No matter what type you choose, remember the all important point - NEVER REPLACE YOUR FILTER MEDIA!! Hang-On Filters Our favorite filter - you can go figure [...]

Preventative Medicine in Fish

What is "preventative medicine?" Essentially, all it means is going to the doctor before you are sick in order to catch disease early. The earlier a disease can be caught, the easier it is to manage. This is why you get your yearly physical, routine bloodwork and colonoscopy. The same is true for your pets. [...]

Your Goldfish is NOT Constipated

Your Goldfish is NOT Constipated

What is "constipation?" It is the inability to pass fecal material usually due to dehydration or lack of fiber in the diet. Well, goldfish are physiologically built to never be constipated. Imagine, if you will, a goldfish swimming in their tank. Remember, goldfish are freshwater fish. Now, the next part might require you to pull [...]

Vacation Fish Care

It's a lot harder to take your fish with you on vacation compared to your dog or even cat. That means you'll have to plan for them to receive care while you're away. If you don't have a neighbor or friend to look after your fish, you may need to hire someone. I can already [...]

Freshwater Fish Flukes

Freshwater Fish Flukes

Given the common name of "flukes" by hobbyists, monogenean trematodes are one of the most common parasites we come across in freshwater fish. There are many species that can infect freshwater and marine species, but we mainly deal with the gyrodactylus and dactylogyrus. Mainly feeding on the external layers of skin and gill tissues, these [...]

Best Websites for Pet Fish Help

Best Websites for Pet Fish Help

The Spruce Pets This newer website puts a priority on good fish health. They have many veterinarian-approved articles and are increasing their topics daily. Including both saltwater and freshwater aquariums, beginner to advanced fish keepers can find something new to learn. Recommended Articles Buying an Aquarium for a Child or Teen57 Great Names for Your [...]