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 [...]

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How to Add Aquaponics to Your Fish System

How to Add Aquaponics to Your Fish System

Looking to decrease your water changes and grow some delicious veggies for your family to enjoy? Then you need AQUAPONICS! What is "aquaponics?" Aquaponics utilizes "natural" fertilizers in water to grow plants. It is similar to "hydroponics," which uses synthetic fertilizers to grow plants. Aquaponics most often refers to growing fish and plants simultaneously, using [...]

How to Save a Sick Fish

If your fish is presenting any physical or behavioral signs of illness, don't wait around for them to magically get better! Follow these steps for the best chance to save your fish. Step 1: Check Your Water Quality Poor water quality is the #1 cause of illness and disease in fish. Like the air we [...]

Does my fish tank HAVE to have a substrate?

Does my fish tank HAVE to have a substrate?

Substrate in fish tanks refers to the gravel, rocks, sand, etc that is on the bottom of your tank. Certainly it increases your tank's aesthetic appeal, but do you really need it? The answer = no. "But it provides biological filtration!" Yes, your substrate does hold some of the friendly nitrogen-converting bacteria, but to a [...]

Fish System Cycling

If you are new or old to the fish keeping hobby, no doubt you have heard the phrase "system cycling." What does this mean? To "cycle" an aquarium is to establish its biological filtration, more specifically, your nitrogen cycle. Cycling refers to the colonization of beneficial bacteria to convert your fishes' primary waste, ammonia, into [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]