The Fish Vet’s Services

The Fish Vet offers a comprehensive aquatic veterinary services in a range of locations across Australia. Our aquatic veterinarians are based in Perth (WA), Brunswick (Victoria) and Sydney/Gosford (NSW). Aquatic specialists based in Brisbane/Bribie Island & Townsville, Queensland.

The Fish Vet, a one-stop-shop: there is no duplication of work, and no loss of time or information between management and consultant.

Services offered through The Fish Vet include:

  • Diagnosis and treatment for diseases
  • Management advice
  • Health certification
  • Supply of veterinary resources
  • Education and research

We service the following sectors:

  • Pet ornamentals (e.g. home aquariums, pond, aquaponics)
  • Display aquaria (e.g. public aquariums and zoos)
  • Commercial ornamentals (e.g. ornamental fish farms, retailers, wholesalers, exporters)
  • Education (e.g. universities, researchers, hobby groups)

DOWNLOAD OUR SERVICES MANUAL –> TFV Services and Fees 2017-18

Fish Joke for Monday-itis: egg binding

In light of last week’s post….

Q: Why is it bad for fish to be egg bound?

A: Because it gives them a stomach egg (stomach ache)!

Have a FINtastic week! R <+>{

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TFV Christmas 2017 closure.

The Fish Vet’s team would like to thank you for choosing us to help your fish get better.

Just a note regarding closure during rhe Christmas break.

• Perth: unavailable from 24th Dec. until 8th Jan.

• Sydney: unavailable from 23rd Dec. until 1st Jan.

• Brisbane: unavailable from 22nd Dec. until 2nd Jan.

• Melbourne: open as usual (higher rates apply on public holidays).


Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics& Pathobiology), CertAqV, NATA Signatory.

Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist.
PERTH | MELBOURNE | SYDNEY | TOWNSVILLE | BRIBIE ISLAND.
THE FISH VET – AUSTRALIA.

Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
Web: http://www.thefishvet.com.au
Ph: +61 421 822 383
Mail: PO Box 5164, East Victoria Park, WA 6981, Australia.

WA – Health scare – ‘toxic’ fish, crabs or shellfish

Mindarie warning: WA Department of Health tells public not to eat ‘toxic’ fish, crabs or shellfish

The Department of Health has warned people against eating fish, crabs or shellfish collected from Mindarie Marina – because of fears of paralytic poisoning.
The department’s environmental health director Jim Dodds said a potentially toxic microscopic algae called “Alexandrium spp” had been detected during recent testing.

Anyone who has consumed any of the fish caught recreationally is urged to seek urgent medical help as the outcome can be muscular paralysis.

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https://thewest.com.au/news/fishing/health-warning-over-mindarie-fish-bc-5679933529001

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Dr Richmond Loh DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist
THE FISH VET, AUSTRALIA – PERTH | SYDNEY | MELBOURNE | TOWNSVILLE | BRIBIE ISLAND

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How to diagnose and treat egg-bound goldfish and koi.

Egg retention or egg binding commonly affect koi and goldfish. There are many factors that can contribute to this. Learn about several medical and non-medical ways you can prevent and help your fish.

Watch our video here – https://youtu.be/WQ0rDrIU430

Learn more from our colleague’s webinar at WAVMA – https://www.wavma.org/Webinars/b-1032-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-ova-retention-in-koi

Better Betta care.

There are a few things you can do to provide better care to your betta.

Make sure there is only one male Betta per tank, as multiple male Bettas would attack each other.

If you’re keeping female Betta, more than 2 per tank is okay, but be careful you are not inadvertently stocking with males that have female appearance, because of male aggression.

They do well in larger tanks. We recommend tanks that are at least 15L. The tank needs to have a heater and filtration; the filter should be low flow to mimic their natural environment, and allows the males to build their bubble nests.

Establish a biofilter before introducing fish (e.g. add nitrifying bacteria, run the filter, and feed the tank for ~3-4 weeks prior to adding fish).

Change 20% of water weekly, and siphon substrates and clean glass of algae.

Leave an air gap on top of your water level in your tank so that your betta can go to the surface and breath air, otherwise they would drown. They have a labyrinth organ which allows them to breath air, but it also means their gills are not as efficient as normal fish.

Betta fish have excellent jumping abilities so make sure there is a lid on the tank.

Provide floating plants, and plants in substrates (real or artificial), or other ornaments (perhaps ones that can be stuck on glass) about an inch below the water level so that your Betta can rest on them and feel safe to build a bubble net.

It’s normal for betta fish to not swim around a lot and rest on the bottom of your tank or on plants and ornaments. But if you have any concerns, get a vet check.

See also the fact sheet I helped the RSPCA put together – at this link.

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Dr Richmond Loh

DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist

THE FISH VET, AUSTRALIA – PERTH | SYDNEY | MELBOURNE | TOWNSVILLE | BRIBIE ISLAND

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Are you feeding your fish enough?

With great emphasis put on never to over-feed fish, and to maintain perfect water quality conditions, some fish keepers have unknowingly been feeding their fish too little.

We’ve created a video demonstrating that chronic under-nutrition is not uncommon nowadays for fish kept in aquariums and in ponds.

Check you’re feeding your fish the right amount of the right foods. As a rule of thumb, feed between 0.5-2.0% of the total bodyweight of fish in the tank.

Watch our video here.

Humane home euthanasia of pet fish.

Many people have asked me what is the best method for “putting fish to sleep”. As veterinarians, we have access to anaesthetics.

But for the general public this will not be the case. Members of the public may be able to access clove oil from their local pharmacy or chemist. The active ingredient is eugenol. Being an oily liquid, this will need to be pre-dissolved by shaking several drops of the oil in a bottle of water. This solution can then be added to the aquarium that is holding the fish to be euthanased. The final dose rate is approximately more than 10 drops per litre of water.

A fish’s heart will continue to beat for a relatively long time, and so, your fish will need to remain in this solution for an additional of at least 30 minutes after signs of last opercular movements, to ensure the anaesthetic has resulted in death. A secondary method of euthanasia may be used, provided your fish is fully anaesthetised (and cannot feel pain).

Leaving fish in the aquarium to die slowly without medical attention is inhumane.