Algae & Fish

Algae & Fish

Sorry to tell you that if you add fish to water, you will get algae. No matter how diligent your quarantine, you can't avoid it. So what can you do to minimize your algae problems? Remember: people hate algae; fish don't really mind it. The biggest concern with a mass of algae is if you [...]

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Predator Deterrant for Outdoor Ponds

Predator Deterrant for Outdoor Ponds

Outdoor ponds are at the mercy of the elements. If you've designed your pond properly, your fish are set to weather many environments. But what are you to do if an animal starts to view your pond as an all-you-can-eat buffet? Smart Fish & Caves Domestically bred fish are not aware of what a "predator" [...]

Fish For Outdoor Ponds

Fish For Outdoor Ponds

Thinking about adding a pond to your landscape or investing more in what you already have? If you're thinking about adding more fish to your pond, we advise you wait until your pond has been eating for a few weeks or late spring. This allows your fish to have an effective immune response should something [...]

System Deep Clean – Fish Warning

System Deep Clean – Fish Warning

Many systems can benefit from a deep cleaning once a year or twice a year. In order to get in there and get all the muck out, some owners and maintenance companies will remove the fish and put them in a temporary holding tank. Before you toss the fish back into the clean system, keep [...]

How to Add Aquaponics to Your Fish System

How to Add Aquaponics to Your Fish System

Looking to decrease your water changes and grow some delicious veggies for your family to enjoy? Then you need AQUAPONICS! What is "aquaponics?" Aquaponics utilizes "natural" fertilizers in water to grow plants. It is similar to "hydroponics," which uses synthetic fertilizers to grow plants. Aquaponics most often refers to growing fish and plants simultaneously, using [...]

Plants in Koi Ponds

Plants in Koi Ponds

We have had several of our clients ask us if it is okay to put plants in koi ponds. Simple answer? Yes! But aren’t plants bad for fish? Not one published scientific study has shown any plants attacking fish. Yes, they may be carrying different bacteria or parasites, but you can avoid this by simple [...]

How to Disinfect Fish Equipment

If you keep any fish you will have multiple tanks at some point, even just a simple hospital/quarantine tank at the ready. You may have adopted a new tank off the “FREE” Craigslist page and want to use it for your fish. If you only have one set of equipment, which you shouldn’t, how can [...]

Best Substrate for Outdoor Fish Ponds

Best Substrate for Outdoor Fish Ponds

Most pet fish live in either an indoor tank or outdoor pond. We already covered what the bottom of your tank should look like, but what about your pond? Ponds are much more diverse than tanks and can come in a variety of shapes, layouts and "all natural" finishes. What is the "healthiest" bottom for [...]

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 [...]