Water Quality Conundrums – Answers

Water Quality Conundrums – Answers

Before you scroll down, make sure you take the time to read over our questions first! Problem 1: 50-gallon goldfish tank ParameterValueAmmonia3 mg/LNitrite0 mg/LNitrate0 mg/LpH4.5kH0 mg/LTemperature70 F Answers to Problem 1: What are your main concerns? Ammonia too high, pH too low and kH too low. Is there a name for this syndrome? Old Tank/Pond [...]

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Water Quality Conundrums

Water Quality Conundrums

Since we all have more time on our hands at home, we thought we'd do something a little bit different. Below are 5 water quality results. It is up to you to determine what the issues are, name the syndrome, if present, and how to correct the results to make them safe for fish! You [...]

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 [...]

How to Be a Better Fish Parent

How to Be a Better Fish Parent

"What can I do to set my fish up for a long, healthy life?" We hear this question a lot and there are a few simple things all pet fish owners can do to improve their fishes's quality of life. 1) Maintain Your Water Quality This is what my tombstone will say. Water quality is [...]

Fancy Goldfish Buoyancy Help

Fancy Goldfish Buoyancy Help

Not all goldfish are created equally, especially fancy goldfish. Many of these varieties have sacrificed internal function for hunched bodies, long, decorative fins and bulging body parts. Most comet and other long-body goldfish varieties will look like this on the inside (minus the pebble): Those two grey blobs in the middle of the fish's body [...]

New Year’s Resolutions for Fish Owners

New Year’s Resolutions for Fish Owners

Happy 2020! I'm sure you all have great resolutions for yourself and your family for the new decade, but what about your fish? We invite you to choose any and all of the below recommendations for happier, healthier fish in the new year! Perform ___% water change every ___ week(s) Put it on your calendar [...]

Stress in Fish

Fish respond to a "stressful event" the same way as all other animals, humans included. What defines a "stressful event" may differ, but the behavioral and biological changes are the same. The Stress Response With any stressor, a fish's body will react in the following: Primary Response - seconds to hours after eventIncreased corticosteroid and [...]

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 [...]

Preventative Medicine in Fish

What is "preventative medicine?" Essentially, all it means is going to the doctor before you are sick in order to catch disease early. The earlier a disease can be caught, the easier it is to manage. This is why you get your yearly physical, routine bloodwork and colonoscopy. The same is true for your pets. [...]

Your Goldfish is NOT Constipated

Your Goldfish is NOT Constipated

What is "constipation?" It is the inability to pass fecal material usually due to dehydration or lack of fiber in the diet. Well, goldfish are physiologically built to never be constipated. Imagine, if you will, a goldfish swimming in their tank. Remember, goldfish are freshwater fish. Now, the next part might require you to pull [...]