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Fish

Fish are an extraordinary group of animals inhabiting the waterways of the world. The diversity of species can be overwhelming and keeping fish requires dedication to maintaining their environment. Before bringing one of these amazing creatures into your life, it is important to thoroughly research the species you intend to keep. A Siamese Fighting Fish is as different to a Barramundi as a horse is to a dog. The basics of fish care include:

  • Appropriate tank size for the species and number of fish kept
  • Selecting appropriate species to cohabitate a tank
  • Appropriate diet for the species being kept
  • Maintenance of appropriate water quality
  • Heating or cooling for some species

Fish, like our other exotic species, deal with disease and injury very differently to dogs and cats. Often we don’t notice the subtle signs of early illness and this means that by the time we notice they are unwell, disease can often be advanced. Please call us on (07) 3217 3533 if you suspect your fish is unwell and also follow the link to ‘My fish is unwell’ for further information.At this time we do not make aquarium visits. This page will explain how to transport your fish to BBEVS as well as additional requirements for the consultation. If you keep a large number of fish, please bring any recently deceased fish as well as live specimens that are unwell.

Signs of Illness in Fish

  • Lethargy
  • Change in behaviour
  • Change in normal swimming movement
  • Change in colour
  • Eating less or not at all
  • Flashing or rubbing the scales
  • Piping or surfacing frequently to gulp air
  • Wounds, ulcers
  • Lumps and growths
  • Discharges

How to Bring Your Fish to the Veterinary Clinic

  • Please bring a sample of tank water in an old jar or drink bottle. Fish must be transported in a separate container
  • Bringing other items, such as food, medications and a photo of the tank are also advised
  • Using their tank water, place fish in plastic bags, plastic containers or eskies for larger fish. Ensure your fish has enough water to swim upright and enough air space in the container. An air stone can help provide oxygen while your fish is being transported.

Emergencies

  • Please call us on (07) 3217 3533 immediately.
  • Please note that we run by appointments. We endeavour to provide all our patients with an appointment time to avoid delays. Emergencies will be triaged by our experienced nursing staff when you arrive.
  • See Contact Us for further information on our opening hours and location. Outside of these hours contact the Animal Emergency Centre in (AES) Underwood on (07) 3423 1888.
  • Place the animal in a secure travel container (or regular cage if possible) and keep this covered to reduce stress levels in your pet.

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