Instead of the standard, “we tell you to buy this food,” we’re going to give you the tools to take ANY bag of koi food and decide if it’s “good” or “bad.” And what you think is “good,” may not be the same as what your neighbors think is “good,”Learn More →

Outdoor ponds are at the mercy of the elements. If you’ve designed your pond properly, your fish are set to weather many environments. But what are you to do if an animal starts to view your pond as an all-you-can-eat buffet? Smart Fish & Caves Domestically bred fish are notLearn More →

Thinking about adding a pond to your landscape or investing more in what you already have? If you’re thinking about adding more fish to your pond, we advise you wait until your pond has been eating for a few weeks or late spring. This allows your fish to have anLearn More →

Most pet fish live in either an indoor tank or outdoor pond. We already covered what the bottom of your tank should look like, but what about your pond? Ponds are much more diverse than tanks and can come in a variety of shapes, layouts and “all natural” finishes. WhatLearn More →

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 createLearn More →

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. HereLearn More →

Salt is a normal component of many fish systems. Saltwater and brackish systems require salt on a continual basis. But what about freshwater systems? Some internet pages recommend keeping salt in koi/goldfish ponds/tanks at all times. Others say don’t bother. What are the effects of salt on an all-freshwater species?Learn More →

Now that we’ve covered all your potential options for pond substrates, how is the best way to go about cleaning the bottom of your pond? Here’s the full checklist of tasks for all ponds to keep up with on a daily/weekly/monthly/yearly basis. If you have rocks on the bottom ofLearn More →

There are many ways to build a koi pond, and some methods can affect your maintenance regimen. Your pond bottom, also known as your substrate, can dramatically change how much time and effort you spend cleaning your pond. We’ll cover some of the most common bottom covers and the prosLearn More →

It’s almost koi season at Aquatic Veterinary Services! Here are our most common diseases we can expect to see and the signs you should be aware of if any of these diseases are present in your pond. 5. Carp Pox Although not THE koi herpes virus, carp pox is alsoLearn More →