This post is in honor of an e-mail I received shortly after my radio show yesterday. Apparently, just one of these little guys took down an entire tank of cichlids! Further warning to check species compatibility before adding new fish to your tank. The Jack Dempsey (Rocio octofasciatum) is aLearn More →

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. We’re back with our fish of the week, the angelfish! Don’t forget, this coming Sunday, December 8th, is our next radio show! Tune into 1080AM or KSCO.com at 1pm PST to learn all about SHARKS! Yes, it’s our first shark show! Yippee! OnLearn More →

Last week, a jellyfish. This week, another invertebrate! Our fish of the week, the brittle sea star (not starfish, to be PC), is a member of the echinoderm phylum. This collection contains the other, fleshier sea stars, sand dollars, sea cucumbers and sea urchins. They all have spiny body parts,Learn More →

Comb jellies are one of my favorite aquatic critters. Comb jellies (sea gooseberries, sea walnuts, or Venus’s girdles) are formally known as ctenophores. Ctenophores have 8 rows of ctenes, or “combs” that cause the shimmering rainbow appearance along the sides of the jelly. These are beat together in unison toLearn More →

Mollies are common freshwater aquarium fish. They look a lot like a cross between a tetra and a fancy goldfish. There are two main varieties of mollies, short-fin and sailfin. Sailfin mollies are much larger with longer fins than their short-fin counterparts. They give birth to live young, and evenLearn More →

A few months ago, I was at a koi sale and saw this guy swimming around a tub. What do you think happened to this fish? It may have been a previous injury that never healed properly. Possibly this fish has had this defect since birth. Being the curious veterinarianLearn More →

Sorry it’s been so long fish fans! After battling illness and new paddling sports, it’s time to get back to the fish. This post is dedicated to one of my patients who is indeed, a fan-tailed goldfish! These are another variety of “fancy” goldfish, like our Oranda a few weeksLearn More →

The Banggai Cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni), also known as the Kaudern’s Cardinalfish, is a member of the cardinalfish family and one of the few tropical fish that are successfully bred in captivity. This is important because some tropical fish species are found only on their home reefs. Removing these individuals can harm the ecosystem byLearn More →

Don’t stick your hand in that tank, it’s a piranha! AAAAAAAHHHHHHH! Just kidding! Although he may try to nibble at your hand if you stick it in his mouth, the red-bellied pacu (Piaractus brachypomus) is just a relative of the piranha. They do look very similar, however, and both liveLearn More →

Killifish come in a wide variety and are essentially all egg-laying fish of the order Cyprinodontiformes. There are over 1000 different species, divided bewteen wild and captive populations. Wild populations are known for surviving in very extreme conditions, and may even survive some periods of drying out! In our areaLearn More →