Can koi and goldfish be kept together?

We commonly hear this question and it's a little bit of a headscratcher. Let's look into the similarities and differences of these two species and what diseases you should consider between the two. The Goldfish - Carassus auratus Among the many variations of goldfish is a common ancestor. Thought to be a distant descendant of [...]

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“My fish only cost a few dollars, why does he deserve veterinary care?”

It's a well-known stigma that pet fish don't rank on the same level as cats and dogs. Often considered "disposable," fish are often trial pets for many families. They are thought as "lesser" animals mostly because we cannot relate to them like we can cats and dogs. We can't measure happiness or how fish communicate [...]

Disaster Planning for Fish

Disaster Planning for Fish

If you own pets, they better be a part of your disaster planning. No matter where you live in the world, there is some sort of disaster that can strike with little to no warning. If you haven't started planning, we recommend taking a look at the AVMA's Disaster Preparedness website. After reading that, you [...]

How to Safely Transport Fish

If the occasion comes that you need to move your fish more than a room away, there are many safety issues you need to consider. Most important: your desired destination MUST be ready for your fish! Don't move the fish and then get things ready for them. Physically moving fish must be the absolutely LAST [...]

Can I Train My Fish?

Many fish keepers do not give their fish enough credit for being smart. Most pet fish are above average intelligence and can be easily trained given their food-motivated behavior. Many aquariums use training behaviors to make everyday care and medical procedures easier and less stressful. By offering a fish a treat for a job well [...]

How to Store Fish Food

It may sound simple, but proper storage of your fishes’ food will allow it to retain the most nutrition for the longest period of time. However, with any fish food, you must replace it after 6 months due to the loss of water-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin C. To be honest, I’ve never seen a [...]

How do you know if a fish is sick?

We've already established that fish get sick, so how can you recognize when something is wrong? Signs of illness can be broken down into two categories: physical and behavioral. Physical These indicators of illness can be very easy to spot. Physical signs of disease include: Changes in colorationBumps/lumpsAsymmetrical body shapeMisshapen finsWoundsUlcersEtc, etc etc Most of [...]

What’s at the bottom of your pond?

There are many ways to build a koi pond, and some methods can affect your maintenance regimen. Your pond bottom, also known as your substrate, can dramatically change how much time and effort you spend cleaning your pond. We'll cover some of the most common bottom covers and the pros and cons of each Gravel/Small [...]

Top 5 Spring Diseases in Koi

It's almost koi season at Aquatic Veterinary Services! Here are our most common diseases we can expect to see and the signs you should be aware of if any of these diseases are present in your pond. 5. Carp Pox Although not THE koi herpes virus, carp pox is also known as cyprinid herpesvirus-1. It [...]

Top 5 Most Common Problems with Koi Ponds

Koi make up the majority of our veterinary practice, and in seeing so many cases, some common themes occur. Don't make the same mistakes with your fish! Not Checking Your Fish Daily - We know in the winter, when metabolisms are quiet, your fish are not very entertaining. However, even in the slower, winter months, [...]