How do you know if a fish is sick?

We've already established that fish get sick, so how can you recognize when something is wrong? Signs of illness can be broken down into two categories: physical and behavioral. Physical These indicators of illness can be very easy to spot. Physical signs of disease include: Changes in colorationBumps/lumpsAsymmetrical body shapeMisshapen finsWoundsUlcersEtc, etc etc Most of [...]

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Top 5 Spring Diseases in Koi

It's almost koi season at Aquatic Veterinary Services! Here are our most common diseases we can expect to see and the signs you should be aware of if any of these diseases are present in your pond. 5. Carp Pox Although not THE koi herpes virus, carp pox is also known as cyprinid herpesvirus-1. It [...]

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, [...]

“Reputable Dealers” Cannot Guarantee Healthy Fish

“Reputable Dealers” Cannot Guarantee Healthy Fish

Over the years, many of our clients have added fish to their pond without quarantine and denied any problems simply because the fish have come from a "reputable dealer." Unfortunately, even our store, with some of the strictest quarantine guidelines, cannot guarantee our fish are 100% disease free. Why is this? Well, keep in mind [...]

Preventing Disease in Fish Tanks and Ponds

Preventing Disease in Fish Tanks and Ponds

Everyone always wants to know how to keep their fish system from becoming infested with some horrible disease that puts all their fish at risk. Well, it's a lot simpler than you think! Quarantine. Quarantine. Quarantine. This includes plants and ALL NEW FISH. The stress of handling and transport is enough to make even the [...]

How to Help A Sick Fish

How to Help A Sick Fish

"Help! I have a sick fish. What do I do?" is the most common question we get asked. Regardless of the issue, there are some things you should always do: Check your water chemistry. Low cost, reliable, at home test kits should be included in every new aquarium and pond setup. Make sure you use [...]

The Realtor’s Guide to Selling a Home with a Koi Pond

The Realtor’s Guide to Selling a Home with a Koi Pond

Are you a realtor? Do you think it's extra hard to sell a home with a pre-existing koi pond? Well, never fear! We've written the complete guide to selling a home with a koi pond: highlighting their many attributes while finding solutions to perceived challenges. Click HERE to download your copy or read on! The Realtor’s [...]

Q & A with Fish Veterinarian

Q & A with Fish Veterinarian

Q & A with a Fish Veterinarian We had a chance to sit down with Dr. Jessie Sanders, chief veterinarian at Aquatic Veterinary Services of Northern California, to ask her a little about her job and career. Q: Why did you want to be a fish veterinarian? JS: I have always had a deep love [...]

Fish of the Week: Koi with Spinal Deformity

A few months ago, I was at a koi sale and saw this guy swimming around a tub. What do you think happened to this fish? It may have been a previous injury that never healed properly. Possibly this fish has had this defect since birth. Being the curious veterinarian I am, we took him [...]