Fish Stunting

Fish Stunting

Many people will say that some fish, goldfish in particular, will "grow to the size of their container." If given lots of room and food, carp species, including goldfish and koi, have the potential for ridiculous growth, up to 16-20"! Many of the largest goldfish even seen were once pets that were "released" into the [...]

Why Bettas Need to Rest

Why Bettas Need to Rest

Most fish don't have to work very hard to swim. Their streamlined bodies and powerful tails allow them effortless propulsion through the water column. But what if your tail is mostly just for show, like a betta? It's the equivalent to trying to swim in a ballgown. For all of you out there who can [...]

Male vs. Female Fish

Male vs. Female Fish

How can you tell male and female fish apart? Trying to set up a single sex population can help keep spawning practices from hurting your fish, but determining males from females can sometimes be a little tricky. Depending on your fish species, there may be a few things you can look for to determine the [...]

Fish Treats

Fish Treats

Yes, you can feed your pet fish your love just like your cat or dog. There are many "treats" available on the market for fish and not all are created equal. When adding treats into your fish's diet, or curtailing their treat-rich diet, be sure to consider the following points. TREATS = NON-ESSENTIAL SUPPLEMENTS. These [...]

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. [...]

Color-Changing Fish

Color-Changing Fish

If you've owned your goldfish/betta/koi for a few years, you may have noticed that they might not look the same as when you first brought them home. It is NORMAL for many fish species to alter their appearance as they get older, with some orange goldfish turning white, white bettas turning blue, and black and [...]

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 [...]

Why are you fasting your sick fish?

Why are you fasting your sick fish?

Many "internet fish helpers" recommend fasting sick fish, or decreasing their diet, and we have to ask...WHY?!?!? If you were constantly swimming to survive, you'd be burning a lot more calories than sitting at your desk, reading this article. When you're sick, you often want to lay around in bed because your body is working [...]

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 [...]