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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

Stop Replacing Your Filters!!

Dear Fish Tank Owners, Please stop replacing your filter media every month. I know it says to do so on the box! But, guess what? They do that in order to SELL MORE!! When you take out your old filter media and toss it in the trash, you are discarding all of your good bacteria. [...]

The Green Pea Myth

Constipated goldfish is the most widely over diagnosed case on the internet. There is not ONE peer-reviewed published paper about goldfish constipation and its treatments. Most commonly, goldfish "constipation" is misdiagnosed as a cure all for a sick fish. And in comes the main treatment... shelled green peas! What is it about these tiny green [...]

The Nitrogen Cycle

The Nitrogen Cycle

As you may well know, water quality is a significant aspect of pet fish health. Like the air we breathe, the water a fish swims in is directly linked to their overall health. As a fish veterinarian, we routinely test the water our patients swim in for various parameters. We discussed pH and kH previous, [...]

No Pond Quick Start

Putting in a new pond comes with lots of challenges. You built it perfectly with great filtration and put in the most amazing fish, but your ammonia is off the charts and you can't get your filter to start cycling. (Cycling is the process wherein good bacteria convert toxic ammonia to toxic nitrite to safe [...]

Do Fish Get Sick?

Do fish need a visit from the veterinarian? Absolutely YES! The responsibility with owning a pet doesn’t extend just to cats and dogs. If you are the proud owner of a fish, don’t you want to keep him/her happy and healthy? Since it’s hard to bring a fish to the vet for a checkup, we [...]