Predator Deterrant for Outdoor Ponds

Predator Deterrant for Outdoor Ponds

Outdoor ponds are at the mercy of the elements. If you've designed your pond properly, your fish are set to weather many environments. But what are you to do if an animal starts to view your pond as an all-you-can-eat buffet? Smart Fish & Caves Domestically bred fish are not aware of what a "predator" [...]

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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 [...]

Fish For Outdoor Ponds

Fish For Outdoor Ponds

Thinking about adding a pond to your landscape or investing more in what you already have? If you're thinking about adding more fish to your pond, we advise you wait until your pond has been eating for a few weeks or late spring. This allows your fish to have an effective immune response should something [...]

System Deep Clean – Fish Warning

System Deep Clean – Fish Warning

Many systems can benefit from a deep cleaning once a year or twice a year. In order to get in there and get all the muck out, some owners and maintenance companies will remove the fish and put them in a temporary holding tank. Before you toss the fish back into the clean system, keep [...]

Plants in Koi Ponds

Plants in Koi Ponds

We have had several of our clients ask us if it is okay to put plants in koi ponds. Simple answer? Yes! But aren’t plants bad for fish? Not one published scientific study has shown any plants attacking fish. Yes, they may be carrying different bacteria or parasites, but you can avoid this by simple [...]

Best Substrate for Outdoor Fish Ponds

Best Substrate for Outdoor Fish Ponds

Most pet fish live in either an indoor tank or outdoor pond. We already covered what the bottom of your tank should look like, but what about your pond? Ponds are much more diverse than tanks and can come in a variety of shapes, layouts and "all natural" finishes. What is the "healthiest" bottom for [...]

How long do koi live?

There are many myths about the longevity of koi. Some rumors place the oldest koi around 250 years old! Although this is not substantiated, koi are certainly built to live a very long time. Depending on their lineage and breeding practices, most koi can be expected to live 40-60 years easily. Our service has only [...]

Fish Metabolism & Temperature

Why do we have to wait on surgery and other treatments until the water warms up? Well, it's one of the unusual things about aquatic veterinary medicine: our patients cannot regulate their internal body temperature. Known as "ectotherms," or "cold-blooded," fish along with amphibians and invertebrates are unable to create and store internal metabolic heat. [...]

Can koi and goldfish be kept together?

We commonly hear this question and it's a little bit of a headscratcher. Let's look into the similarities and differences of these two species and what diseases you should consider between the two. The Goldfish - Carassus auratus Among the many variations of goldfish is a common ancestor. Thought to be a distant descendant of [...]