Salt in Fish Systems

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 [...]

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Top Surgery Cases

Read along with us as we share our exceptional surgery cases! Lemon Lemon is a ranchu goldfish who was adopted with a slight oral deformity. Once day, when going after a large pellet, one side of her mouth luxated and obstructed her oral cavity. Dr. Sanders was able to correct the injury with a few [...]

Fish Surgery Diagnostics

How do fish veterinarians decide when it's time for a fish to go under the knife? Surgery can be very beneficial for fish when it is warranted. Water Quality Testing Prior to any surgery, a veterinarian MUST test the water quality. If the water quality is off in any way, recovery after surgery will be [...]

Swim Bladder Disease

Other than constipated goldfish, "swim bladder disease" is a very common home diagnosis. Or the more common vernacular, "My fish has swim bladder." Well, all fish have swim bladders, so that fact is correct, but it is not a disease. "Swim bladder disease" is most common in goldfish and koi, with a high percentage in [...]

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 [...]

Day 2,190 – Reflecting Upon 6 Years

Tomorrow, March 13th, 2019 will mark Aquatic Veterinary Service's 6 year anniversary. It has been quite a year for us, moving out of a bad location into a new facility and getting ready for some new changes and challenges. We'll be sharing those new updates with you later this week. In a business where there [...]

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 – #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 – #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 [...]

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 [...]