Fish Stunting

Fish Stunting

Many people will say that some fish, goldfish in particular, will "grow to the size of their container." If given lots of room and food, carp species, including goldfish and koi, have the potential for ridiculous growth, up to 16-20"! Many of the largest goldfish even seen were once pets that were "released" into the [...]

“But my vendor ‘quarantined’ my fish. How did it end up getting sick?”

“But my vendor ‘quarantined’ my fish. How did it end up getting sick?”

First, let's get one thing straight: not all quarantine protocols are legitimate. You may have been told your fish has been "quarantined," but what does that really mean? How long was the quarantine? Were they mixed with fish from other dealers? Were they prophylacticly treated with anything? We know our 4-6 week quarantine period is [...]

Male vs. Female Fish

Male vs. Female Fish

How can you tell male and female fish apart? Trying to set up a single sex population can help keep spawning practices from hurting your fish, but determining males from females can sometimes be a little tricky. Depending on your fish species, there may be a few things you can look for to determine the [...]

Fish Treats

Fish Treats

Yes, you can feed your pet fish your love just like your cat or dog. There are many "treats" available on the market for fish and not all are created equal. When adding treats into your fish's diet, or curtailing their treat-rich diet, be sure to consider the following points. TREATS = NON-ESSENTIAL SUPPLEMENTS. These [...]

Color-Changing Fish

Color-Changing Fish

If you've owned your goldfish/betta/koi for a few years, you may have noticed that they might not look the same as when you first brought them home. It is NORMAL for many fish species to alter their appearance as they get older, with some orange goldfish turning white, white bettas turning blue, and black and [...]

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 [...]

Fancy Goldfish Buoyancy Help

Fancy Goldfish Buoyancy Help

Not all goldfish are created equally, especially fancy goldfish. Many of these varieties have sacrificed internal function for hunched bodies, long, decorative fins and bulging body parts. Most comet and other long-body goldfish varieties will look like this on the inside (minus the pebble): Those two grey blobs in the middle of the fish's body [...]

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 [...]

How long do goldfish live?

How long do goldfish live?

Some of our callers will tell us their fish has died and say, "well, he was already 3 years old; he lived a good long life." Sorry to say, but for most common goldfish, he was barely out of their "teenage years." Unless they were an inbred fancy goldfish, 3-year old is a very young [...]