Top 3 Problems with New Pet Fish & How to Fix Them

Top 3 Problems with New Pet Fish & How to Fix Them

Sick at The Store It’s sad to say that many pet fish stores may be incubating serious diseases without any clinical signs. Many fish that pass through wholesalers and distributors are not routinely tested for any diseases or move too quickly for disease to start showing signs. What then happens is the fish you thought [...]

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Water Quality Conundrums – Answers

Water Quality Conundrums – Answers

Before you scroll down, make sure you take the time to read over our questions first! Problem 1: 50-gallon goldfish tank ParameterValueAmmonia3 mg/LNitrite0 mg/LNitrate0 mg/LpH4.5kH0 mg/LTemperature70 F Answers to Problem 1: What are your main concerns? Ammonia too high, pH too low and kH too low. Is there a name for this syndrome? Old Tank/Pond [...]

Water Quality Conundrums

Water Quality Conundrums

Since we all have more time on our hands at home, we thought we'd do something a little bit different. Below are 5 water quality results. It is up to you to determine what the issues are, name the syndrome, if present, and how to correct the results to make them safe for fish! You [...]

Chlorine Toxicity in Fish

Chlorine Toxicity in Fish

Almost all city municipalities treat their water systems with chlorine or chloramine to make it safe for people to drink. Chlorine is a cheap and efficient way to treat water and the levels used have no harmful effects on humans or fuzzy pets and animals. However, chlorine is extremely toxic to fish. City water systems [...]

Does my fish tank HAVE to have a substrate?

Does my fish tank HAVE to have a substrate?

Substrate in fish tanks refers to the gravel, rocks, sand, etc that is on the bottom of your tank. Certainly it increases your tank's aesthetic appeal, but do you really need it? The answer = no. "But it provides biological filtration!" Yes, your substrate does hold some of the friendly nitrogen-converting bacteria, but to a [...]

Fancy Goldfish Buoyancy Help

Fancy Goldfish Buoyancy Help

Not all goldfish are created equally, especially fancy goldfish. Many of these varieties have sacrificed internal function for hunched bodies, long, decorative fins and bulging body parts. Most comet and other long-body goldfish varieties will look like this on the inside (minus the pebble): Those two grey blobs in the middle of the fish's body [...]

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 Tank Upgrade

Fish Tank Upgrade

Getting ready to move your fish into a new tank? How do you make sure they survive the transition and get comfortable in their new home? Be sure to follow the next few steps to make the process painless! You MUST match pH and temperature between systems. Your tank pH and temperature is critical to [...]

Do my fish need a light?

Do my fish need a light?

Fish respond to the same circadian rhythms as most other life on earth. For outdoor systems, this is easy to utilize for your fish, provided you do not blind them overnight with underwater lights. For the lowest stress environment, mimicking the natural outdoor cycle is best for your fish. If you cannot keep up with [...]

Stress in Fish

Fish respond to a "stressful event" the same way as all other animals, humans included. What defines a "stressful event" may differ, but the behavioral and biological changes are the same. The Stress Response With any stressor, a fish's body will react in the following: Primary Response - seconds to hours after eventIncreased corticosteroid and [...]