How long do betta fish live?

If your betta’s home is in a bowl, you can expect a shortened life span. Any fish living in a bowl is in an environment unfit for long-term survival. The best environment for a long-lived, healthy betta is a minimum 5-gallon tank with a filter and a heater. Yes, bettas are tropical and NEED A [...]

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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 [...]

How Do You Treat a Betta Fish?

Betta fish can be a particular tricky species for an aquatic veterinarian to assess. Their tiny size limits diagnostics and usually limited water volume limits our ability to test water quality parameters. So, how do we work on such tiny fish? Most of the exams for our betta patients are mainly visual. They are very [...]

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 [...]

“My fish only cost a few dollars, why does he deserve veterinary care?”

It's a well-known stigma that pet fish don't rank on the same level as cats and dogs. Often considered "disposable," fish are often trial pets for many families. They are thought as "lesser" animals mostly because we cannot relate to them like we can cats and dogs. We can't measure happiness or how fish communicate [...]

Disaster Planning for Fish

Disaster Planning for Fish

If you own pets, they better be a part of your disaster planning. No matter where you live in the world, there is some sort of disaster that can strike with little to no warning. If you haven't started planning, we recommend taking a look at the AVMA's Disaster Preparedness website. After reading that, you [...]

How to Safely Transport Fish

If the occasion comes that you need to move your fish more than a room away, there are many safety issues you need to consider. Most important: your desired destination MUST be ready for your fish! Don't move the fish and then get things ready for them. Physically moving fish must be the absolutely LAST [...]

How to Store Fish Food

It may sound simple, but proper storage of your fishes’ food will allow it to retain the most nutrition for the longest period of time. However, with any fish food, you must replace it after 6 months due to the loss of water-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin C. To be honest, I’ve never seen a [...]

Respect Your Betta

There is no fish that lacks respect in the fish kingdom than the amazing betta. Goldfish are a close second, but most people see betta fish as the easiest pet to care for. Just drop it in a vase and poof! Instant fish tank. Our office gets a lot of calls about betta fish. I [...]

How Not To Kill Your First Fish

How Not To Kill Your First Fish

It all starts out the same. Kid X begs for a puppy. Kid Y wants a kitty. You barter a fish to "see how it goes." Tank gets set up, fish gets plunked in, and everything goes swimmingly... for about 2 weeks. Then all hell breaks loose and your fish dies. The tank is tossed [...]