“But my vendor ‘quarantined’ my fish. How did it end up getting sick?”

“But my vendor ‘quarantined’ my fish. How did it end up getting sick?”

First, let's get one thing straight: not all quarantine protocols are legitimate. You may have been told your fish has been "quarantined," but what does that really mean? How long was the quarantine? Were they mixed with fish from other dealers? Were they prophylacticly treated with anything? We know our 4-6 week quarantine period is [...]

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Why Bettas Need to Rest

Why Bettas Need to Rest

Most fish don't have to work very hard to swim. Their streamlined bodies and powerful tails allow them effortless propulsion through the water column. But what if your tail is mostly just for show, like a betta? It's the equivalent to trying to swim in a ballgown. For all of you out there who can [...]

Cryotherapy in Fish

Cryotherapy in Fish

Cryotherapy is being used more and more in aquatic veterinary medicine, but how does it work? DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. Like cryotherapy in other species, the most beneficial treatments are for superficial skin issues. Our office commonly uses cryotherapy to treat external lumps and skin disease like hikui. It is critical that the [...]

Spring Pond Treatments

Many pond owners will prophylactically treat their ponds every spring, regardless of many criteria. Whether it's an anti-parasitic, a "clarifier" or a "refresher" treatment, you probably DON'T need to be adding it. Using unlicensed products is a dangerous idea and if you aren't sure of your total pond volume, you can severely hurt your fish. [...]

Top 3 Problems with New Pet Fish & How to Fix Them

Top 3 Problems with New Pet Fish & How to Fix Them

Sick at The Store It’s sad to say that many pet fish stores may be incubating serious diseases without any clinical signs. Many fish that pass through wholesalers and distributors are not routinely tested for any diseases or move too quickly for disease to start showing signs. What then happens is the fish you thought [...]

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 [...]

New Books Coming Soon

Interested in learning more about fish health and wellness? We've been working hard on some new educational resources for all you pet fish owners! Introducing... How to Kill Your Goldfish, Koi & Betta! Disclaimer: We obviously do NOT want you to kill your fish. This book will show you how to keep that from happening! [...]

Chlorine Toxicity in Fish

Chlorine Toxicity in Fish

Almost all city municipalities treat their water systems with chlorine or chloramine to make it safe for people to drink. Chlorine is a cheap and efficient way to treat water and the levels used have no harmful effects on humans or fuzzy pets and animals. However, chlorine is extremely toxic to fish. City water systems [...]

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 [...]

Koi Herpesvirus Testing

Koi Herpesvirus Testing

Spring is almost here, and often correlates with new fish arriving from overseas and ending up in new ponds. We have had a few years with an increase in Koi Herpesvirus cases and it is important to have your new fish tested. There are two types of testing available. All fish can be tested at [...]