Respect Your Betta

There is no fish that lacks respect in the fish kingdom than the amazing betta. Goldfish are a close second, but most people see betta fish as the easiest pet to care for. Just drop it in a vase and poof! Instant fish tank. Our office gets a lot of calls about betta fish. I [...]

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How Not To Kill Your First Fish

How Not To Kill Your First Fish

It all starts out the same. Kid X begs for a puppy. Kid Y wants a kitty. You barter a fish to "see how it goes." Tank gets set up, fish gets plunked in, and everything goes swimmingly... for about 2 weeks. Then all hell breaks loose and your fish dies. The tank is tossed [...]

Fish Bowl Syndrome

A common problem we see, especially in betta fish, is known as Fish Bowl Syndrome. Essentially, it can be broken down into one main issue: Your fish is in a bowl. Problem #1: Your fish has no filtration for processing of dangerous ammonia waste. Without a place for bacteria to grow and filter the water, [...]

Behind Our Children’s Series

Behind Our Children’s Series

Go to any book store and look at the pet section. There are a ton of books on how to make a good home for dogs, cats and horses, but what about fish? Many of us start our careers in fish by having a pet fish when we are very young. Usually, our parents buy [...]

Best Fish for Beginners

Best Fish for Beginners

Interested in getting started in the fish hobby? GREAT! Don't know what to start with? Do we have ideas for you! Goldfish The very traditional goldfish is traditional for a reason. These cyprinids are hardy species that can tolerate a lot of beginner mistakes. It is recommended to start with the comet variety of goldfish. [...]

Q & A with Fish Veterinarian

Q & A with Fish Veterinarian

Q & A with a Fish Veterinarian We had a chance to sit down with Dr. Jessie Sanders, chief veterinarian at Aquatic Veterinary Services of Northern California, to ask her a little about her job and career. Q: Why did you want to be a fish veterinarian? JS: I have always had a deep love [...]

Fish of the Week: Neon Tetra

Hello fish fans! Sorry to have missed last week. Even vets get to take a vacation every once in awhile. Got to do a great radio show yesterday on 1080 KSCO PetPourri hour. Hopefully, we will be able to give you more advance notice next time! I am also getting ready to attend the AVMA [...]