Cryotherapy in Fish

Cryotherapy in Fish

Cryotherapy is being used more and more in aquatic veterinary medicine, but how does it work? DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. Like cryotherapy in other species, the most beneficial treatments are for superficial skin issues. Our office commonly uses cryotherapy to treat external lumps and skin disease like hikui. It is critical that the [...]

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Top 3 Problems with New Pet Fish & How to Fix Them

Top 3 Problems with New Pet Fish & How to Fix Them

Sick at The Store It’s sad to say that many pet fish stores may be incubating serious diseases without any clinical signs. Many fish that pass through wholesalers and distributors are not routinely tested for any diseases or move too quickly for disease to start showing signs. What then happens is the fish you thought [...]

The Fish Products You ACTUALLY Need

The Fish Products You ACTUALLY Need

There have been countless appointments where our veterinary staff gets a long history of illness accompanied by 10-20 different OTC fish tank products. Some claiming this, others that; none of which help treat the problem. Of all the "magical" over-the-counter fish tank and pond additives, which ones do you ACTUALLY need? Water Conditioner/Dechlorinator This product [...]

How to Save a Sick Fish

If your fish is presenting any physical or behavioral signs of illness, don't wait around for them to magically get better! Follow these steps for the best chance to save your fish. Step 1: Check Your Water Quality Poor water quality is the #1 cause of illness and disease in fish. Like the air we [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]