Study: Garlic Fights Fish Flukes (With DIY Garlic Extract Guide) ©

Garlic (Allium sativum), is loaded with medicinal properties, including antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-parasite properties.  Garlic as been used in aquariums for quite some time for the treatment and prevention of fish parasites.  Several studies have supported its use for this purpose, claiming the ability to kill parasites and offering immune support to control and […]

Can Freshwater Aquarium Fish Eat Vegetables? ©

Herbivorous and Omnivorous fish, shrimp, and aquatic snails often enjoy household vegetables in their diet. Some omnivores require more vegetation in their diet than others, such as Mollies, Rainbowfish and Apple Snails.  Freshwater fish that are primarily herbivorous, such as common Bristlenose Catfish (Ancistrus sp.) and Oto’s (Otocinclus sp.), should be fed a diet based […]

D Is For DEADLY – The Dangers of Excess Vitamin D in Pet Diets ©

There has been an increasing number of voluntary recalls from pet food companies due to excess Vitamin D.  Increased awareness and accountability are responsible for the recall frequency more than an actual increase in incidents.  The recalls have applied to virtually all animals at one time or another, including dogs, cats,  livestock, guinea pigs, birds, […]

Alfalfa as a Natural Ingredient or Supplement for Pets ©

As legend has it, the discovery of alfalfa (Medicago sativa) was, in fact, pet related. Centuries ago, an Arabian horse owner was struck by increased performance and energy levels in his horses when he fed them alfalfa. Today, alfalfa is a common food, ingredient and supplement for rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, horses, cows and goats, […]

The Natural Diet of Omni-Insectivorous Aquarium Fish ©

Most fish commonly found in aquariums eat insects in the wild to one degree or another, including Livebearers, Rainbowfish, Tetras, Killifish, Betta, Gourami, Hatchetfish, and many species of Cichlids (such as Apistogramma & Convicts). Insectivorous fish primarily feed on aquatic insects, terrestrial insects, insect larvae and pupae. They may actively hunt insects by jumping out […]

Natural Prevention and Treatment of Aquarium Fish Parasites ©

Information about natural treatments for aquarium fish diseases and parasites is tough to find due to a lack of scientific study (although this is improving with the demand for organically farmed fish). It’s also more complicated than it is with other pets because tolerance levels can vary between the many species. However, there are some […]