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 [...]

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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 [...]

White Stringy Poop in Fish

Alright, we’ve cleared up the internet’s favorite fish diagnoses: swim bladder, dropsy, constipation and mystical green peas, but what about that “white stringy poop?” Somehow, many internet diagnoses involve this mysterious phenomenon in fish and have linked it to internal parasites. Well, let us set the record straight... White stringy poop is a fecal cast [...]

Why does my goldfish float after eating?

Why does my goldfish float after eating?

Floating goldfish post-eating is a common issue that results in an internet wormhole. Let's get some facts straight: Goldfish are Physostomous Fish Yes, it's a big word. What is means is that goldfish, like many other carp, have a pneumatic duct between their swim bladder and esophagus. It connects in between the cranial and caudal [...]

Behavioral Signs of Disease in Fish

Behavioral Signs of Disease in Fish

Behavioral signs of disease are harder to spot for most fish owners than physical signs of disease. By watching your fishes' behavior consistently, for at least 5-10 minutes per day, you will be able to determine what is normal or abnormal for your fish. Some "fun fish quirks" may actually be a sign of a [...]

Physical Signs of Disease in Fish

How can you tell if your fish is sick? Here are the physical signs you should keep an eye out for if you owner fish. Behavioral signs of disease will be addressed in the next post. Trauma Most trauma events in fish present as open wounds. The fish above was in an outdoor pond that [...]

Do Fish Get Cancer?

Unfortunately, fish are not immune from cancerous growths. And sharks, being fish, are included in this group. Like tumors in all other species, some are treatable, while others are not. Here are some of the most common cancers we seen in our daily practice. Goldfish Infiltrative Papilloma-Like Warts Mario the Goldfish - after receiving cryotherapy [...]

Carp Pox in Koi

A cousin of Koi Herpes Virus, Carp Pox in koi is also a herpes virus (Cyprinid herpesvirus-1). It is a fairly common disease for our office to see and this time of year, in colder water, you may be seeing more clinical signs than usual. How do fish get Carp Pox? Like any infectious disease, [...]

Fungal Disease in Fish

Fungal Disease in Fish

An aquatic environment is an ideal growth environment for many fungi, especially water molds such as Saprolegnia. Unless your fish's immune system is compromised, you won't have any reason to worry about fungal infections. Fungal Species There are thousands of potential species of fungus lurking in your aquarium or pond. Aquatic environments are ideal for [...]

Fish Ulcers

One of the most common owner concerns we get calls about are "ulcers" on their fish? What is an "ulcer," how do they come about and how do you fix them? What is an "ulcer?" Most commonly, fish get skin ulcers. This is an open wound in the skin of a fish that may expose [...]