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 [...]

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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 [...]

White Stringy Poop in Fish

Alright, we’ve cleared up the internet’s favorite fish diagnoses: swim bladder, dropsy, constipation and mystical green peas, but what about that “white stringy poop?” Somehow, many internet diagnoses involve this mysterious phenomenon in fish and have linked it to internal parasites. Well, let us set the record straight... White stringy poop is a fecal cast [...]

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 [...]

Preventative Medicine in Fish

What is "preventative medicine?" Essentially, all it means is going to the doctor before you are sick in order to catch disease early. The earlier a disease can be caught, the easier it is to manage. This is why you get your yearly physical, routine bloodwork and colonoscopy. The same is true for your pets. [...]

Fish Metabolism & Temperature

Why do we have to wait on surgery and other treatments until the water warms up? Well, it's one of the unusual things about aquatic veterinary medicine: our patients cannot regulate their internal body temperature. Known as "ectotherms," or "cold-blooded," fish along with amphibians and invertebrates are unable to create and store internal metabolic heat. [...]

When Do You Need a Fish Vet?

When Do You Need a Fish Vet?

For any pet that is sick, you may be questioning if they are sick enough to warrant a trip to/from the vet. Aquatic or not, there is not always a clear line that indicates 'take to vet now!' And you know what? Your fish might NOT need a veterinarian. Here are some of the things [...]

Top 10 Mistakes New Fish Owners Make – #6

The #6 Mistake - Not Storing Fish Food Properly What is the best way to store any pet food? Rather than roll up the bag and toss it in the corner, all pet food should be kept in an airtight, opaque storage container in cooler temperatures of a pantry or closet. And fish food is [...]

Top 10 Mistakes New Fish Owners Make – #7

The #7 Mistake - Feeding Your Fish Too Much One of the more common "healthy" pet issues we see in all of veterinary medicine is obesity, and fish are no exception. They may have better control than your golden retriever, but overfeeding your fish can have more severe consequences than just rounder fish. Unfortunately, there [...]