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 [...]

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Does my fish maintenance company know what they’re doing?

Does my fish maintenance company know what they’re doing?

Many people who own fish tanks or ponds may have a regular cleaning service help with their maintenance. But how do you know a competent service from a dud? Your fish will thank you! Can they name all the components of your system? This is a simple and easy test. Do they know what each [...]

Pond Bottom Cleaning – Best Practices

Now that we've covered all your potential options for pond substrates, how is the best way to go about cleaning the bottom of your pond? Here's the full checklist of tasks for all ponds to keep up with on a daily/weekly/monthly/yearly basis. If you have rocks on the bottom of your pond: To prevent the [...]

What’s at the bottom of your pond?

There are many ways to build a koi pond, and some methods can affect your maintenance regimen. Your pond bottom, also known as your substrate, can dramatically change how much time and effort you spend cleaning your pond. We'll cover some of the most common bottom covers and the pros and cons of each Gravel/Small [...]

Top 5 Most Common Problems with Koi Ponds

Koi make up the majority of our veterinary practice, and in seeing so many cases, some common themes occur. Don't make the same mistakes with your fish! Not Checking Your Fish Daily - We know in the winter, when metabolisms are quiet, your fish are not very entertaining. However, even in the slower, winter months, [...]

Rotting Eggs & Fish Don’t Mix

Rotting Eggs & Fish Don’t Mix

Have you ever been cleaning your pond, maybe pulling out dead plants, and smelled rotting eggs? This unfortunate smell is hydrogen sulfide, the product of anaerobic bacteria buried deep in the mud. Hydrogen sulfide is highly toxic to fish and can can death very quickly. Fish who are exposed suffer an increase in secondary infections [...]

New Fish Health 101 Article: Water Changes

New Fish Health 101 Article: Water Changes

At AVSNCA, we get lots of questions about water changes. How much? How often? Get all your answers in our newest article! Never heard of one? If you are a fish owner, you need to read our new article on Water Changes in our Fish Health 101. Right now.