“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 [...]

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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. [...]

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 [...]

Fish Ulcers

One of the most common owner concerns we get calls about are "ulcers" on their fish? What is an "ulcer," how do they come about and how do you fix them? What is an "ulcer?" Most commonly, fish get skin ulcers. This is an open wound in the skin of a fish that may expose [...]

Freshwater Fish Lice – Tiny Alien Parasites

There are many parasitic crustaceans throughout the fish kingdom, the one most commonly seen in pet fish is Argulus ssp., also known as "Fish Lice." Under the microscope, they are one of the strangest looking parasites you will come across. Flickr/Chris Blanar These parasites are found in salt and freshwater all around the world. We [...]

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 [...]

Top 10 Mistakes New Fish Owners Make – #1

The #1 Mistake - Not Asking for Help We've made it all the way to our #1 mistake new fish owners make: not asking for help when you're over your head. A new hobby can be very challenging and there's no shame in getting assistance if you're overwhelmed. But, as we covered with mistake #3, [...]

Top 10 Mistakes New Fish Owners Make – #3

The #3 Mistake - Relying Too Much on Internet Searches The internet is a wonderful, magical place. Because if it's published on the internet, it must be true, right? Sorry to tell you, but Dr. Google does not have any sort of medical degree. Have you read all about the magic of tiny green peas [...]

Preventing Disease in Fish Tanks and Ponds

Preventing Disease in Fish Tanks and Ponds

Everyone always wants to know how to keep their fish system from becoming infested with some horrible disease that puts all their fish at risk. Well, it's a lot simpler than you think! Quarantine. Quarantine. Quarantine. This includes plants and ALL NEW FISH. The stress of handling and transport is enough to make even the [...]

How to Treat Disease in Fish

How to Treat Disease in Fish

If you've ever read our other posts or watched our webinars, you may have noticed that we never tell you how to treat certain diseases. Although it's one of the most common questions our staff is asked, treating disease is never as straightforward as a fish owner may think. As one of my colleagues put [...]