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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 [...]

Why Bettas Need to Rest

Why Bettas Need to Rest

Most fish don't have to work very hard to swim. Their streamlined bodies and powerful tails allow them effortless propulsion through the water column. But what if your tail is mostly just for show, like a betta? It's the equivalent to trying to swim in a ballgown. For all of you out there who can [...]

Cryotherapy in Fish

Cryotherapy in Fish

Cryotherapy is being used more and more in aquatic veterinary medicine, but how does it work? DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. Like cryotherapy in other species, the most beneficial treatments are for superficial skin issues. Our office commonly uses cryotherapy to treat external lumps and skin disease like hikui. It is critical that the [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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" [...]

Top 3 Problems with New Pet Fish & How to Fix Them

Top 3 Problems with New Pet Fish & How to Fix Them

Sick at The Store It’s sad to say that many pet fish stores may be incubating serious diseases without any clinical signs. Many fish that pass through wholesalers and distributors are not routinely tested for any diseases or move too quickly for disease to start showing signs. What then happens is the fish you thought [...]

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 [...]