How to Be a Fish Vet

How to Be a Fish Vet

One of the most common questions I get as an aquatic veterinarian is, "how did you end up in this field?" Well, I got my start very early. I was one of those annoying kids who always knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. (For more info on my background, check out our "Why a [...]

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Why Test My Water?

Why Test My Water?

As you have heard us say, time and time again, water quality is the #1 thing pet fish owners can do to take care of their fish. Why is this? Because, just like the air we breathe, the water a fish swims in has a significant impact on its overall health. Poor water quality can [...]

Webinars On Fish Health

Webinars On Fish Health

Want to get more great fish health information? Check out our webinar series! New, upcoming webinars can be found on our Fish Vet Store page. Past webinars can be found on our YouTube page. Happy learning!

Behind the Story: Boo & Bubbles

Behind the Story: Boo & Bubbles

What does every kid want? A pet! Warm and fluffy or wet and scaly, a childhood pet is an essential tool for developing compassion and personal growth. Not to mention tons of fun! Who among us does not have fond memories of their favorite pet? Personally, I grew up with cats, dogs and fish and [...]

Old Pond/Tank Syndrome

Old Tank/Pond Syndrome What is it? This occurs in fish tanks and ponds with the following water quality parameters: pH: <6.0 Alkalinity (kH): <50 mg/L, usually 0 mg/L Ammonia: >1.5 mg/L Nitrite: >0 mg/L Nitrate: >40 mg/L The loss of buffers (alkalinity) can lead to pH swings and a pH crash. The low pH actually [...]

Fish of the Week: Flashlight Fish

Hello fish folks! We're back after a fun fintastic time at the annual American Veterinary Medical Association Convention in Chicago, IL. Had a great time visiting the local zoo and aquarium, not to mention all the fish talks and finally meeting some of the head fish veterinarians in the country. Dr. Jessie has joined the [...]

Fish(es) of the Week: Clownfish & Blue Tang

This week’s fish is actually a pair that you’ll recognize: the Clownfish and Blue Tang Clownfish (Amphiprion percula)   Blue Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus) More commonly known as Nemo, Marlin & Dory, these two types of tropical fish are common in coral reefs. Clownfish have several interesting characteristics. They live in anemones, kind of like upside-down [...]