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 [...]

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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 [...]

The “Dropsy” Myth

The “Dropsy” Myth

A very common word in the fish hobby is the term "dropsy." What does this term mean? Well, to start off, "dropsy" is NOT a disease. "Dropsy" describes a condition where a fish's body balloons outward and their scales start to stick out, looking like a pinecone. This syndrome is caused by excess water in [...]

Mycobacteria in Fish

Over the last few months, our office has seen several cases of mycobacteria. Never heard of it before? Well, here's everything you need to know: Mycobacteria in Fish Depending on your fish experience, you may have heard a lot or very little about the potential dangers of mycobacterial infections. This disease can be very hard [...]

How to Help A Sick Fish

How to Help A Sick Fish

"Help! I have a sick fish. What do I do?" is the most common question we get asked. Regardless of the issue, there are some things you should always do: Check your water chemistry. Low cost, reliable, at home test kits should be included in every new aquarium and pond setup. Make sure you use [...]

Fancy Goldfish Float Backpack

Fancy Goldfish Float Backpack

Some fancy goldfish can lead long, healthy, normal lives. Others, like their over-bred cat and dog compatriots, can develop genetic disorders that have no ideal treatment. Meet our little buddy, Rusty (top): Back when he was little, he had no issues. Swimming and eating normally, being a happy little fish with his tankmates, Cupcake (bottom [...]

Over-Medicating Fish

We have had several instances over the last month of fish being over treated with a wide array of over the counter fish medications. Please read this if you are unfamiliar with how to treat sick fish or do not have much experience. Overuse of medication in fish can lead to decimation of your biological [...]