What Do I Feed My Koi?

What Do I Feed My Koi?

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," and that's okay! Starting point: [...]

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Predator Deterrant for Outdoor Ponds

Predator Deterrant for Outdoor Ponds

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 not aware of what a "predator" [...]

Fish For Outdoor Ponds

Fish For Outdoor Ponds

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 an effective immune response should something [...]

Best Substrate for Outdoor Fish Ponds

Best Substrate for Outdoor Fish Ponds

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. What is the "healthiest" bottom for [...]

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 [...]

Salt in Fish Tanks and Ponds

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? In a freshwater environment, a [...]

Pond Bottom Cleaning – Best Practices

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 of your pond: To prevent the [...]

What’s at the bottom of your pond?

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 pros and cons of each Gravel/Small [...]

Top 5 Spring Diseases in Koi

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 also known as cyprinid herpesvirus-1. It [...]