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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 koi live?

There are many myths about the longevity of koi. Some rumors place the oldest koi around 250 years old! Although this is not substantiated, koi are certainly built to live a very long time. Depending on their lineage and breeding practices, most koi can be expected to live 40-60 years easily. Our service has only [...]

How to Choose a Fish Food

There are numerous fish diets on the market and making the critical decision of good vs. bad is not very straightforward. With too much information, your brain goes on overload and you will simply buy the cheapest or most expensive food. When deciding on a food for your fish, take a little extra time to [...]