Fish Pox (Cyprinid Herpesvirus I)

Image copyright: Manky Sanke Fish pox, also known as carp pox or warts, is a chronic skin disease of carp and several related species of cyprinid (family of soft-rayed fishes) fish, including ornamental koi. The disease is caused by a virus, but contrary to its name, the causative agent is a herpesvirus, not a poxvirus. […]

Flake Food for Your Goldfish

Flake Food is probably the most of all common foods manufactured for goldfish. Taking care of goldfish is traditionally viewed as something so simple even a child can do it. While that may be true to an extent, goldfish aficionados can attest to a complex feeding regimen designed to keep their goldfish colorful, healthy and […]

Telling a Male from a Female Fish

Many fish owners are interested in learning the sex of their pet fish. In some cases this is an easy thing to determine and in other cases it is quite difficult, if not impossible. The reason is the wide variability between species of fish. And with hundreds of species kept as pets, one can easily […]

Euthanasia in Fish

Euthanasia is the bringing about of a gentle and easy death, without pain or distress, usually for an animal suffering from a terminal disease. The word literally means an “easy and painless death.” An appropriate euthanasia technique should provide rapid unconsciousness followed by cardiac or respiratory arrest and ultimate loss of brain function. In a […]

What Do Bubbles in My Fish Tank Mean?

You have a beautiful aquarium. You’ve taken care to provide your fish with an appropriate atmosphere that includes plants, stones, and hiding places. You clean the tank regularly, and you even use the right lights and aeration system. However, you’re starting to notice strange bubbles appearing in the water. There are many potential reasons why […]

When Your Fish Can’t Swim

Does your pet fish have trouble swimming? If your fish floats on the surface or has a difficult time rising from the bottom, he has a buoyancy problem. Buoyancy trouble is a common and widespread problem. A recent study published by the Japan Aquaculture Society Journal described the condition in detail and named this syndrome […]

Axolotl – Ambystoma mexicanum

AXOLOTL HISTORY Although not technically a fish, the Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) is an extraordinarily unique amphibian. Nicknamed the Mexican Walking Fish, the Axolotl was first discovered in Lake Xochimilco in Mexico in the 19th century by French explorers. These alien-like salamanders have a distinctive appearance. While most salamanders progress through an aquatic stage of their life cycle […]

What Live Sand Is and How It Is Used in a Saltwater Aquarium

Live sand, or LS, is natural reef coral sand that is collected live from the ocean, or non-living coral sand that is cultured to make it live. What makes it live is the microscopic biological bacteria that grows on it, and the many tiny crustaceans and other micro and macro-organisms that reside in it. Live […]