Cryotherapy in Fish

Cryotherapy in Fish

Cryotherapy is being used more and more in aquatic veterinary medicine, but how does it work? DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. Like cryotherapy in other species, the most beneficial treatments are for superficial skin issues. Our office commonly uses cryotherapy to treat external lumps and skin disease like hikui. It is critical that the [...]

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Spring Pond Treatments

Many pond owners will prophylactically treat their ponds every spring, regardless of many criteria. Whether it's an anti-parasitic, a "clarifier" or a "refresher" treatment, you probably DON'T need to be adding it. Using unlicensed products is a dangerous idea and if you aren't sure of your total pond volume, you can severely hurt your fish. [...]

The Fish Products You ACTUALLY Need

The Fish Products You ACTUALLY Need

There have been countless appointments where our veterinary staff gets a long history of illness accompanied by 10-20 different OTC fish tank products. Some claiming this, others that; none of which help treat the problem. Of all the "magical" over-the-counter fish tank and pond additives, which ones do you ACTUALLY need? Water Conditioner/Dechlorinator This product [...]

Is paying a fish veterinarian worth the cost?

Is paying a fish veterinarian worth the cost?

For those of you who read our pricing page, you know that paying a specialty service to come to your house, do all the work and diagnose complex issues carries a premium fee. But is that fee worth it to your fish? We certainly think so, but we can break it down further. Take for [...]

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 Ulcers

One of the most common owner concerns we get calls about are "ulcers" on their fish? What is an "ulcer," how do they come about and how do you fix them? What is an "ulcer?" Most commonly, fish get skin ulcers. This is an open wound in the skin of a fish that may expose [...]

Freshwater Fish Flukes

Freshwater Fish Flukes

Given the common name of "flukes" by hobbyists, monogenean trematodes are one of the most common parasites we come across in freshwater fish. There are many species that can infect freshwater and marine species, but we mainly deal with the gyrodactylus and dactylogyrus. Mainly feeding on the external layers of skin and gill tissues, these [...]

Top 10 Mistakes New Fish Owners Make – #1

The #1 Mistake - Not Asking for Help We've made it all the way to our #1 mistake new fish owners make: not asking for help when you're over your head. A new hobby can be very challenging and there's no shame in getting assistance if you're overwhelmed. But, as we covered with mistake #3, [...]

Top 10 Mistakes New Fish Owners Make – #3

The #3 Mistake - Relying Too Much on Internet Searches The internet is a wonderful, magical place. Because if it's published on the internet, it must be true, right? Sorry to tell you, but Dr. Google does not have any sort of medical degree. Have you read all about the magic of tiny green peas [...]

How to Treat Disease in Fish

How to Treat Disease in Fish

If you've ever read our other posts or watched our webinars, you may have noticed that we never tell you how to treat certain diseases. Although it's one of the most common questions our staff is asked, treating disease is never as straightforward as a fish owner may think. As one of my colleagues put [...]