What Do I Feed My Koi?

What Do I Feed My Koi?

Instead of the standard, "we tell you to buy this food," we're going to give you the tools to take ANY bag of koi food and decide if it's "good" or "bad." And what you think is "good," may not be the same as what your neighbors think is "good," and that's okay! Starting point: [...]

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“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 [...]

Spring Pond Treatments

Many pond owners will prophylactically treat their ponds every spring, regardless of many criteria. Whether it's an anti-parasitic, a "clarifier" or a "refresher" treatment, you probably DON'T need to be adding it. Using unlicensed products is a dangerous idea and if you aren't sure of your total pond volume, you can severely hurt your fish. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Egg Binding in Koi

Oh, goody! Another "disease" for our Fake Fish Diagnoses file. I recently received an email explaining how "egg binding" kills fish, and I figured it would be an excellent opportunity to set the record straight. Many hobbyists are unaware that koi, and many of their fish cousins, are constantly carrying eggs. In the warmer spring [...]

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 [...]

Koi Herpesvirus Testing

Koi Herpesvirus Testing

Spring is almost here, and often correlates with new fish arriving from overseas and ending up in new ponds. We have had a few years with an increase in Koi Herpesvirus cases and it is important to have your new fish tested. There are two types of testing available. All fish can be tested at [...]

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 [...]