How to Save a Sick Fish

If your fish is presenting any physical or behavioral signs of illness, don't wait around for them to magically get better! Follow these steps for the best chance to save your fish. Step 1: Check Your Water Quality Poor water quality is the #1 cause of illness and disease in fish. Like the air we [...]

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Color-Changing Fish

Color-Changing Fish

If you've owned your goldfish/betta/koi for a few years, you may have noticed that they might not look the same as when you first brought them home. It is NORMAL for many fish species to alter their appearance as they get older, with some orange goldfish turning white, white bettas turning blue, and black and [...]

Behavioral Signs of Disease in Fish

Behavioral Signs of Disease in Fish

Behavioral signs of disease are harder to spot for most fish owners than physical signs of disease. By watching your fishes' behavior consistently, for at least 5-10 minutes per day, you will be able to determine what is normal or abnormal for your fish. Some "fun fish quirks" may actually be a sign of a [...]

What do I feed my goldfish?

What do I feed my goldfish?

One of the most common pet fish do not come with many instructions. Goldfish are not the most efficient feed to mass converters, so they tend to produce more waste than many other species. It is recommended that goldfish start with 20-gallons per fish and have heavy filtration. Keep in mind that some fancy breeds [...]

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. [...]

How to Store Fish Food

It may sound simple, but proper storage of your fishes’ food will allow it to retain the most nutrition for the longest period of time. However, with any fish food, you must replace it after 6 months due to the loss of water-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin C. To be honest, I’ve never seen a [...]

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 5 Most Common Problems with Koi Ponds

Koi make up the majority of our veterinary practice, and in seeing so many cases, some common themes occur. Don't make the same mistakes with your fish! Not Checking Your Fish Daily - We know in the winter, when metabolisms are quiet, your fish are not very entertaining. However, even in the slower, winter months, [...]