How Not To Kill Your First Fish

How Not To Kill Your First Fish

It all starts out the same. Kid X begs for a puppy. Kid Y wants a kitty. You barter a fish to "see how it goes." Tank gets set up, fish gets plunked in, and everything goes swimmingly... for about 2 weeks. Then all hell breaks loose and your fish dies. The tank is tossed [...]

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Fish Bowl Syndrome

A common problem we see, especially in betta fish, is known as Fish Bowl Syndrome. Essentially, it can be broken down into one main issue: Your fish is in a bowl. Problem #1: Your fish has no filtration for processing of dangerous ammonia waste. Without a place for bacteria to grow and filter the water, [...]

Top 10 Mistakes New Fish Owners Make – #2

The #2 Mistake - Not Doing Your Regular Maintenance Fish are not maintenance free pets. Many owners think this when they first start, but some fish systems require the same care and cleaning as any other pet. Especially when you are first starting out, it is important to keep up with your regular scheduled cleaning. [...]

Top 10 Mistakes New Fish Owners Make – #4

The #4 Mistake - Not Testing Your Water Ponder the following situation: you have two glasses before you. One is tap water and the other is hydrochloric acid. How do you know which one is safe to drink by looking at them? Which one would you put your fish into? It is impossible to tell [...]

Top 10 Mistakes New Fish Owners Make – #5

The #5 Mistake - Not Understanding Filtration Mastering the ins and outs of filtration in aquatic systems can seem a daunting task for new owners, but we're going to make it SO EASY!! To start out, there are three types of filtration going on in your fish system: Mechanical (floss, sponges, pads) - These components [...]

Top 10 Mistakes New Fish Owners Make – #7

The #7 Mistake - Feeding Your Fish Too Much One of the more common "healthy" pet issues we see in all of veterinary medicine is obesity, and fish are no exception. They may have better control than your golden retriever, but overfeeding your fish can have more severe consequences than just rounder fish. Unfortunately, there [...]

Top 10 Mistakes New Fish Owners Make #9

The #9 Mistake - Adding Fish Too Early You have a plan, you got your tank and all the additional items, so it's time to add the fish! But how many fish do you add? In what order do you add them? In the beginning, your biggest hurdle will be establishing your nitrogen cycle. This [...]

New Pond/Tank Syndrome

New Pond/Tank Syndrome

When you set up a new fish tank for the first time, there are a few things you can expect to happen. With a brand new filter, your nitrogen cycle has not been established. It will take 4-6 weeks MINIMUM to start cycling your new tank. There are countless products who claim they can instantly [...]

New Tank Checklist

New Tank Checklist

Thinking about adding a new tank to your home or business? Make sure you have everything you need before you get started. Print this list and bring it with you to the store to make sure you don't forget anything. BEFORE YOU GET STARTED: What kind of tank do you want? How big of a [...]

Fish Immune Function

Fish Immune Function

When you live in a toilet, like fish do, it's critical to have a well-functioning immune system. Being ectotherms, fish rely on the temperature of their surrounding environment to dictate their metabolism and immune function. Cold water = limited activity. Warm water = more activity. Hot water = poached. All things considered, a fish's immune [...]