We would like to announce the closing of The Fish Vet Store on Saturday, April 13th. We will be having a big sale the first few weeks of April as we clear out the rest of our inventory.
But worry not, fish fans! There will be a NEW fish supply store opening in Watsonville in the coming months. They will have fish and all the supplies you need to keep your fish happy.
This change will also be the end of our hospital facility. Our veterinary staff has come to find that the stress of moving fish to a hospital tank, although easier to control environmentally, may not be in the best interest of some of our patients. Fish get too stressed during capture, handling and transport, so we will take our veterinary program 100% mobile. Our veterinary offerings will not change. Our Spring Pond Program will be announced shortly and will carry offers of special benefit to all our clients.
Happy New Year to all you fish lovers! We hope you all had a safe and happy holiday season with your family, friends and fish. To start off our new year, we want to take a closer look at our Top 10 Mistakes. You may have read the shortlist, but there’s a lot more to learn! Read along with us as we count down from #10 to #1.
The #10 Mistake – Lack of Planning
Unlike purchasing a cat or a dog, usually adding a fish tank is a spur of the moment decision. Your kids have been begging you for a puppy or a kitten and you go with a smart compromise – A FISH! Well, I’m very sorry to tell you that fish can be just as much trouble as a cat or dog. Yes, they don’t need regular walks and won’t leave “surprises” in your bed, but they require regular care just like any other pet. BEFORE you go out and buy the new tank, make a plan.
#1: How big of a tank do you think you can manage? The size of the tank you plan on will determine what species of fish you can have. If you can go big – GO BIG! The more water you have and the fewer fish, the less stressful the first few months will be. Once you know how big a tank you want, does the item of furniture you are planning on setting it support the weight of the tank? (Remember: 1 gallon of water = 8.34 lbs or 3.78 kg) This is not the time to show off that antique table. Fish tanks are wet and any item a tank sits on WILL GET WET. Wood is probably not a good idea unless its sealed.
Got your tank size and a place to put it? GREAT! Here’s the rest of the checklist to include on your shopping list:
Check List for New Tank
_____ Fish tank of _______ gallons
_____ Table that can hold ______ gallons fish tank (1 gallon of water = 3.78 kg or 8.34 lbs)
_____ Lid for tank with light
_____ Filter capable of volume 1.5x ______ gallons (canister or hang-on)
_____ If tank is >30 gallons, consider adding aerator or powerhead to improve water flow
______ Substrate (gravel, rocks, sand, etc.)
______ Gravel vacuum
______ Decor items (must be FISH SAFE) – for bettas, stick with items that will not snag fins
______ Fish food (enough for 6 months), you may want to try a variety to start to see what they like
______ Fish, obviously
Notice that we did NOT have bacterial starter, water conditioner other than dechlorinator or additional filter media. YOU DO NOT NEED IT!
Planning your tank in advance takes 90% of the stress out of fish keeping. You are WAY ahead of most novice fish keepers if you make a plan and stick to it. And a lot of stores allow you to shop online and swing by to pick it up!