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 [...]

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Why are you fasting your sick fish?

Why are you fasting your sick fish?

Many "internet fish helpers" recommend fasting sick fish, or decreasing their diet, and we have to ask...WHY?!?!? If you were constantly swimming to survive, you'd be burning a lot more calories than sitting at your desk, reading this article. When you're sick, you often want to lay around in bed because your body is working [...]

“Why can’t you diagnose and treat my fish over the phone, email, social media, etc?”

“Why can’t you diagnose and treat my fish over the phone, email, social media, etc?”

I mean, if people over the internet can do it, why can't veterinarians? Sorry to say, but being a state licensed veterinarian requires all patients have a valid VCPR, which is mandated by state veterinary practice laws. These laws may vary slightly by state, but for an example, here is what is laid out by [...]

New Year’s Resolutions for Fish Owners

New Year’s Resolutions for Fish Owners

Happy 2020! I'm sure you all have great resolutions for yourself and your family for the new decade, but what about your fish? We invite you to choose any and all of the below recommendations for happier, healthier fish in the new year! Perform ___% water change every ___ week(s) Put it on your calendar [...]

Our Favorite Posts of 2019

Our Favorite Posts of 2019

Another year almost gone! Catch up on some of our favorite posts from the past year. Many more to come in 2020, and we're always open to new ideas! Comment with any topics you would like us to cover in 2020 and beyond. May all your fish be happy and healthy in the new year. [...]

The Biggest Challenge in Aquatic Veterinary Medicine

The Biggest Challenge in Aquatic Veterinary Medicine

It's no secret that our veterinary medicine niche, aquatics, is minuscule. A rough estimate, gathered from AVMA, AAFV, WAVMA and IAAAM memberships, taking into consideration that two of those groups are international, puts aquatic veterinarians around 0.2% of the total veterinarians in the USA. I am proud to be one of them and one of [...]

Fungal Disease in Fish

Fungal Disease in Fish

An aquatic environment is an ideal growth environment for many fungi, especially water molds such as Saprolegnia. Unless your fish's immune system is compromised, you won't have any reason to worry about fungal infections. Fungal Species There are thousands of potential species of fungus lurking in your aquarium or pond. Aquatic environments are ideal for [...]

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 [...]

Aquarium Filtration

How do you choose the best filter for your fish tank? There are two main types of filters you can use on your aquarium - hang-on and canister. No matter what type you choose, remember the all important point - NEVER REPLACE YOUR FILTER MEDIA!! Hang-On Filters Our favorite filter - you can go figure [...]

How to Get Started in Aquatic Veterinary Medicine

Our office gets countless inquiries from students asking how they can get started in a career in aquatic veterinary medicine. And our #1 question asked by almost 100% of our clients... How did you [Dr. Sanders] get into this field? I was one of those obnoxious kids who knew I wanted to be a veterinarian [...]