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 [...]

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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 [...]

How do you know if a fish is sick?

We've already established that fish get sick, so how can you recognize when something is wrong? Signs of illness can be broken down into two categories: physical and behavioral. Physical These indicators of illness can be very easy to spot. Physical signs of disease include: Changes in colorationBumps/lumpsAsymmetrical body shapeMisshapen finsWoundsUlcersEtc, etc etc Most of [...]

Fish Surgery Diagnostics

How do fish veterinarians decide when it's time for a fish to go under the knife? Surgery can be very beneficial for fish when it is warranted. Water Quality Testing Prior to any surgery, a veterinarian MUST test the water quality. If the water quality is off in any way, recovery after surgery will be [...]

Swim Bladder Disease

Other than constipated goldfish, "swim bladder disease" is a very common home diagnosis. Or the more common vernacular, "My fish has swim bladder." Well, all fish have swim bladders, so that fact is correct, but it is not a disease. "Swim bladder disease" is most common in goldfish and koi, with a high percentage in [...]

Fish Bowl Syndrome

A common problem we see, especially in betta fish, is known as Fish Bowl Syndrome. Essentially, it can be broken down into one main issue: Your fish is in a bowl. Problem #1: Your fish has no filtration for processing of dangerous ammonia waste. Without a place for bacteria to grow and filter the water, [...]

Top 5 Spring Diseases in Koi

It's almost koi season at Aquatic Veterinary Services! Here are our most common diseases we can expect to see and the signs you should be aware of if any of these diseases are present in your pond. 5. Carp Pox Although not THE koi herpes virus, carp pox is also known as cyprinid herpesvirus-1. It [...]

Don’t Flush That Fish!

Don’t Flush That Fish!

It's almost that time of year again, where many families will be bringing new pet fish into their homes as holiday presents. Unfortunately, many of these new endeavors tend to end disastrously. But this doesn't have to be the case for YOU! With our helpful guide, your fish can live a long a happy life. [...]

New Pond/Tank Syndrome

New Pond/Tank Syndrome

When you set up a new fish tank for the first time, there are a few things you can expect to happen. With a brand new filter, your nitrogen cycle has not been established. It will take 4-6 weeks MINIMUM to start cycling your new tank. There are countless products who claim they can instantly [...]

Fish Immune Function

Fish Immune Function

When you live in a toilet, like fish do, it's critical to have a well-functioning immune system. Being ectotherms, fish rely on the temperature of their surrounding environment to dictate their metabolism and immune function. Cold water = limited activity. Warm water = more activity. Hot water = poached. All things considered, a fish's immune [...]