How To Find A Fish Veterinarian

How To Find A Fish Veterinarian

Unfortunately, not many veterinarians are able to see and treat pet fish. It is a growing specialty and we are working hard to spread the appropriate training materials and opportunities to those veterinarians who are interested. But what can you do in order to find a fish veterinarian in your state to help you? For [...]

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How to Be a Better Fish Parent

How to Be a Better Fish Parent

"What can I do to set my fish up for a long, healthy life?" We hear this question a lot and there are a few simple things all pet fish owners can do to improve their fishes's quality of life. 1) Maintain Your Water Quality This is what my tombstone will say. Water quality is [...]

Fake Fish Diagnoses

Fake Fish Diagnoses

When it comes to sick fish, the internet can be more confusing than helpful. As far as we know, Google does not have any medical degrees, so let's clear some things up. Here are the most common fake fish diseases our offices comes across: "My fish has 'swim bladder.'" This is the equivalent of you [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]