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Random pictures and videos from practice

Stop Breaking Submersible Heaters

So, they finally perfected the “titanium” submersible aquarium heater. You never have to worry about smacking it against the side of a tank or container. Ehhhhhhhhhhh  sort of.

I watched someone do a water change and drain the tank and left their titanium sizzling and then it shut off.

Yeah, there is a thermal overload breaker that kicks off the heater before it bursts. But don’t rely on it!

I like THESE titanium heaters and use them in all my tanks. The Popetpop 400W titanium.

Learn about titanium heaters in general:

Stop Breaking Submersible Heaters

Doc’s Main Fish Aquarium

Doc’s Main Fish Aquarium

This is my 180 gallon acrylic Half moon tank, it’s a Clarity Plus which means it’s built to withstand Armageddon. I have black sand in it, instead of gravel, because it looks better and it doesn’t allow the accumulation of much debris. The filtration is 3 sponge filters. They’re usually $23 a piece but I found an Amazon typo error for $9.99 each. (Typo link)

I’m driving the filters with an Aquascape Pro 60 aerator and that’s OUTSIDE the house feeding the tank through it’s 3/16th air tube. Silence prevails.

The tank is heated with two of the Titanium heaters on an external thermostat.

The point is that the heaters are adjusted to 85 degrees F.

But they’re on a thermostat that’s set to 78 DF.

If the thermostat fails, the WORST that happens is that the tank hits 85 DF. Which is amply survivable under the kinds of aeration you see in the video.

Plants are mostly from Michaels’ Crafts. They’re silk plants. They’re pretty cheap, almost disposable.

The better looking wood in the tank is real driftwood from Lake Allatoona. We can talk about using freshwater driftwood sometime. Some of the smaller ‘wood’ is resin ‘fake wood’ I had knocking around.

Lighting is all 100% LED and as the more expensive, hermetically sealed marine lights die, I’ll be replacing them with these LED strips. Water proof, submersible and CHEAP. Bright, too.

I’m sure I’m forgetting something but let’s get to the tank, shall we?

Doc’s 180 gallon Blood Parrot Community Aquarium

Doc's Main Fish Aquarium
Doc’s Main Fish Aquarium

Parasite Videos Under the Microscope

Parasite Videos Under the Microscope

Dr Petty has uploaded a mess of parasite videos to a Youtube channel. Some of them are really very, very good. I’m linking from here because I just stumbled onto them, and it seems that very few people have found them. I suspect it’s because she didn’t put “All my fish died” “I’m getting out of the hobby!” or “Exotic Species Unboxing” in the title of the videos.

Also, she doesn’t wear a bikini while presenting the videos.  So, per Youtube: “Nuts to that!”

Parasite Videos Under the Microscope
Parasite Videos Under the Microscope

Tooth Root Abscesses and Swelling Under the Eye in the Canine

Canine tooth root abscesses are common, and sometimes there’s more than meets the eye. What if it’s cancer from Apoquel? How can you tell? What should you do? How do you treat a tooth root abscess, antibiotics? Is it always ‘yanking the tooth’?

Canine tooth root abscess management

Management of a canine tooth root is usually associated with,

…or followed by the use of a non steroidal anti-inflammatory like Deramax, plus antibiotic therapy and my preference is a macrolide like Clindamycin which has decent bone penetration and can access and destroy the kind of gram negative germs that live anaerobically in pockets like abscesses and teeth roots.

canine tooth root abscess
canine tooth root abscess video

Boonie Gots Her Baby Teef Ouch

Luna had retained baby teeth. The space between the adult teeth and the two retained teeth was always a ‘home’ for slime bacteria and the odor from her mouth wasn’t endearing. Nope, not at all.
Nice thing about being a Vet is I could handle things.
So I brought some anesthesia home and we removed the offending teeth right on the countertop in the kitchen. She woke up in the bed.

She’s so cute.

Look how tiny her little canine teeth were!

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What’s Wrong With My Koi Fish?

What Is In Each Video? Table of Contents: Twenty Koi Health Video Tutorial

  1. Handling Stress -Have the fish been handled recently? Why that matters.
  2. Winter Stress -Temperature. Is it winter? Summer? Why that matters
  3. Feeding or Underfeeding – Feeding and Underfeeding. Why that matters.
  4. Ammonia Toxicity -Ammonia and it’s super common, why it matters and what it looks like.
  5. Nitrite Poisoning -Nitrites and what THAT looks like, why it matters and what to do about it.
  6. Nitrate Poisoning  –NitrAtes –  especially common fish killer / weakener in established pond.
  7. pH Explained -pH is the most common deadly water quality parameter to check. Crash discussed.
  8. Oxygen Levels – Oxygen levels. Why it might sag, impact of heat and plants, what to do about it.
  9. CrowdingCrowding. How many is too many. What does that do to fish?
  10. Still and StaleWater movement and turnover. Common. Stale, still water. Fish weakener.
  11. MetabolismTemperature; it’s influence, it’s pitfalls, the ideals for fish recovery
  12. InjuriesCuts and bruises. Is that an ulcer, or a gash? How can you tell. When and if you treat.
  13. Cleanliness Cleanliness – Is the pond clean? Properly maintained? Can fish recover in unclean ponds?
  14. Germs & MicrobesBacterial infections – a usually unnecessary video because 90% of people have figured out the source of a disease is in their water quality and husbandry. Injections, treatments, etc all discussed.
  15. FungusFungal infections, you’d be surprised the cause, and the treatment (or lack thereof)
  16. Bugs & CrittersThe Parasites, this is pretty common. What you need to know about them, and their treatment.
  17. Viruses like KHVViral diseases, like Koi Herpes virus and some of the skin-viruses that cause warts.
  18. Video 18 –> No video 18 lol
  19. QuarantineQuarantine. If you did it, then the list gets shorter. If you didn’t do it, (and how to do it) the field remains very wide.
  20. Further ResourcesResources for more help, diagnostics, fish vets who still do it.

What's Wrong With My Koi Fish

What’s Wrong With My Koi Fish?

For folks who don’t really want to mess with information, just adding stuff to get fish to live. Six things you add. Really sarcastic. But it works.

Table of Contents: Twenty Koi Health Video Tutorial

Figuring out your Koi and Fish Health Illness Problem In Twenty Easy Steps

What Is In Each Video? Table of Contents: Twenty Koi Health Video Tutorial

  1. Handling Stress -Have the fish been handled recently? Why that matters.
  2. Winter Stress -Temperature. Is it winter? Summer? Why that matters
  3. Feeding or Underfeeding – Feeding and Underfeeding. Why that matters.
  4. Ammonia Toxicity -Ammonia and it’s super common, why it matters and what it looks like.
  5. Nitrite Poisoning -Nitrites and what THAT looks like, why it matters and what to do about it.
  6. Nitrate Poisoning  –NitrAtes –  especially common fish killer / weakener in established pond.
  7. pH Explained -pH is the most common deadly water quality parameter to check. Crash discussed.
  8. Oxygen Levels – Oxygen levels. Why it might sag, impact of heat and plants, what to do about it.
  9. CrowdingCrowding. How many is too many. What does that do to fish?
  10. Still and StaleWater movement and turnover. Common. Stale, still water. Fish weakener.
  11. MetabolismTemperature; it’s influence, it’s pitfalls, the ideals for fish recovery
  12. InjuriesCuts and bruises. Is that an ulcer, or a gash? How can you tell. When and if you treat.
  13. Cleanliness Cleanliness – Is the pond clean? Properly maintained? Can fish recover in unclean ponds?
  14. Germs & MicrobesBacterial infections – a usually unnecessary video because 90% of people have figured out the source of a disease is in their water quality and husbandry. Injections, treatments, etc all discussed.
  15. FungusFungal infections, you’d be surprised the cause, and the treatment (or lack thereof)
  16. Bugs & CrittersThe Parasites, this is pretty common. What you need to know about them, and their treatment.
  17. Viruses like KHVViral diseases, like Koi Herpes virus and some of the skin-viruses that cause warts.
  18. Video 18 –> No video 18 lol
  19. QuarantineQuarantine. If you did it, then the list gets shorter. If you didn’t do it, (and how to do it) the field remains very wide.
  20. Further ResourcesResources for more help, diagnostics, fish vets who still do it.

If You Don’t Want to Know Anything But Just Add Things To Save Fish Look At This

What Is In Each Video? Table of Contents: Twenty Koi Health Video Tutorial
What Is In Each Video? Table of Contents: Twenty Video Tutorial