Expanded Services Now Available

Expanded Services Now Available

Greetings fish folks!

We’ve been undergoing some exciting changes in the last few weeks. Our new hospital is now open! We will be able to help more fish with our in-house appointments and hospital holding for fish that need to stay with us awhile. We will be having an open house Friday, February 26th and Saturday, February 27th. We hope you will be able to join us!

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With the opening of our hospital comes the joint opening of Santa Cruz Koi, Monterey Bay’s newest koi store! From treatments and food, to filtration and nets, our staff is here to help with any koi-related problems you may have. Please visit us online at SantaCruzKoi.com.

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Our store will enable us to bring products directly to our veterinary clients. Instead of recommending where to go for treatments, we can bring the correct diagnosis and treatment directly to you.

At the upcoming ZNA NorCal Koi show, we will be offering quarantine service for anyone purchasing new additions. We will pick them up from the show and take them directly to our hospital, then bring them to your pond once the 4-6 week quarantine is complete.

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ZNA NorCal Koi Show – Feb 28 & Mar 1

ZNA NorCal Koi Show – Feb 28 & Mar 1

Be sure to swing by San Jose at the end of February for the ZNA NorCal koi show! Admission is free for everyone! Come and see all the magnificent show fish up for awards and visit with vendors supporting all aspects of the koi hobby. Aquatic Veterinary Services will be there with free prizes and items to raffle off. Be sure to swing by and say “hello!”

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For You Koi Enthusiasts

For You Koi Enthusiasts

Don’t forget! The Santa Clara Koi & Water Garden Club has their pond tour 2 weeks from today! Join us for a great tour with amazing ponds and lots of happy fish! Our Dr. Sanders will be at Pond F on Mojave Dr with one of our surgery patients! Come see how he’s doing and find out just how you do surgery on a fish.

In more koi news, the ZNA NorCal 2015 Koi Show has just been announced! Make sure to put it on your calendars for Feb 28-Mar 1, 2015!

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ZNA NorCal Koi Show TODAY!

Please join us for the ZNA NorCal Koi Show TODAY from 9am-5pm at the Matrix Casino in San Jose, CA. If you can’t come today, come tomorrow between 10am-2:30pm! Lots of great fish to see! Come visit the AVSNCA booth to pick up great koi health information and win some prizes! See you there!

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KOI SHOW NEXT WEEK!

The ZNA Koi Show will be taking place next week in San Jose, CA. If you have time to stop by, come by the Aquatic Veterinary Services on Northern California booth to get some free information and prizes! The koi health seminar will be given by our own Dr. Jessie Sanders and focuses on pathogen resistance. Hope to see you there!

ZNA NorCal Koi Health Seminar 2014 – Pathogen Resistance

In medicine, the discovery of antibiotics revolutionized how doctors treat disease. However, with overuse, even the most successful treatments can come across a pathogen they cannot defeat. How do these superbugs occur and how can we stop them from getting into our fish? Dr. Jessie Sanders of Aquatic Veterinary Services of Northern California will discuss the pathobiology of the pathogens that can resist few or many treatments and how to prevent the creation and spread of these resistant pathogens in your pond.

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IAAAM Conference, Koi Show & Fish of the Week: Garibaldi

So, it’s been a busy week! The International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine came to a close and we spent our Saturday morning at the Zen Nippon Arinikai NorCal Koi Show in San Jose, CA. As far as IAAAM went, the fish lectures were few and far between, however, we do have some new ideas in the world of fish anesthesia! Next year, we are looking to attend the Eastern Fish Health Workshop, instead of IAAAM.

Looking back at Cavallo point from our boat ride in the bay
Looking back at Cavallo point from our boat ride in the bay
Sea lions lounging on Pier 39 as we cruise by
Sea lions lounging on Pier 39 as we cruise by

The koi show on Saturday was a great event! It was awesome to meet with some many people who love their fish. All the fish looked to be in great health. Got to meet Dan Rutledge of the Monterey Bay Koi and Pond Club and discuss their group. We are looking forward to joining their community and will be attending their club meeting in May.

The fish for auction
The fish for auction
Dr. Sanders at the koi show meeting all the wonderful fellow koi enthusiasts
Dr. Sanders at the koi show meeting all the wonderful fellow koi enthusiasts
The fish up for judging - great variety of healthy fish!
The fish up for judging – great variety of healthy fish!
The booths at the koi show
The booths at the koi show

Now, onto our fish of the week!

Garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus)

Garibaldi (courtesy of Wikipedia)
Garibaldi (courtesy of Wikipedia)

The Garibaldi is another fish that is common along the California coast. They are a member of the vast kelp forest community. They are actually the official marine state fish of California! As members of the damselfish family, the largest individuals of the group, they guard their territories and nests of eggs viciously. Damselfish have been known to charge divers’ masks when they see themselves reflected in the mask, thinking it’s another fish coming to destroy their nest! When disturbed underwater, these fish emit a thumping noise that can be heard by nearby divers. Usually, any aquarium with a kelp exhibit has a couple of these eye-catching, bright orange fish.