The Organic Fish

The Organic Fish book was created as a guide to successful fish keeping. Goldfish keeping has been one of my passions for close to twenty years. It all began when one of my fish was found lifeless. A simple salt bath brought him back to life, and at that moment, I became obsessed with learning everything I could about these extraordinary creatures

Obviously, the information I found online wasn’t working, so I researched
my fish’s ancestry, and learned they came from the icy cold rivers of China. By recreating a similar environment in their fish house, I finally achieved success

Healthy fish live in healthy water. It makes perfect sense
. Before long, was created. Consisting of one page with ten short paragraphs, 10 Steps to Goldfish Keeping. The website template had a forum, and surprisingly, people starting posting on it with their problems

Over the years,
I was able to associate most of the symptoms to common ailments, and discovered excellent water to be the cure for most, along with a remedy or two. These people needed help with their fish, and I was determined to give it.In time I became the expert I am today, and the website now includes hundreds of articles. Over the years, organic remedies were developed through trial and error. These remedies are sold on

by Brenda Rand

The key to improving the health of all freshwater fish is improving the water quality first, and treating with natural remedies for sickness and prevention

Organic Fish Keeping was first invented by Mother Nature. She has no need for chemicals or medications. Mother Nature relies on heavily oxygenated water rich in mineral value to keep her fish healthy, and it works quite well. You won’t see fish with rotting fins and missing scales in a natural body of water. There are no constipated fish bobbing on the surface, nor will you find fish with clamped fins, suffering from ammonia poisoning

Pet shop shelves are lined with medications that make false promises of destroying harmful bacteria. Multiplying every 12 to 20 minutes, bad bugs quickly build immunity to chemicals used in these products. Healthy bacteria multiply every 12 to 20 hours. The good guys don’t stand a chance without a little help, and Mother Nature gives us that help. Bad bacteria cannot tolerate oxygenated water

Water treatment designed to keep fish safe from the disinfectants our cities use to purify water are made up of harmful chemicals. Treatments designed to convert toxins created by the nitrogen cycle are even more dangerous. A necessary evil for some of us, water treatment has killed many a fish

In the wild and in our fish houses at home, fish make waste. From waste, ammonia forms, attracting beneficial bacteria; the food source for these friendly bugs. Good bacteria convert ammonia to nitrites. Both ammonia and nitrites are deadly toxins. When nitrites are present, another type of friendly bug forms to feed on the toxin, changing it into nitrates

Nitrates are safe in low amounts, however, in the wild, nitrates are consumed by plants and algae as it’s being created. Algae should be considered as the end result of the nitrogen cycle, because it forms naturally in a healthy body of water where nitrates are present; it’s food source. The nitrogen cycle at its best, keeps water free of toxins

Most plants found in a natural body of water are edible and rich in nutrients. The fish eat the plants, and the waste they create starts the cycle of aqua life; a miracle of nature. Without it, life as we know it would not exist. All this is accomplished without any help from man, and yet in captivity, our fish swim in enclosed aquariums, cut off from oxygen. Water is oxygenated by method of diffusion. Moving water pulls oxygen from the air above

Our aquariums are brightly light to show off our fish, however unnatural this may be. Sunlight doesn’t penetrate the depths of a natural body water, and our fish spend most of their lives in the shadows. Fish have evolved with no eye lids for this very reason. Imagine living under intense lights, and never being able to close your eyes

Food is hard to come by in the wild. Fish forage for food throughout the day, finding a nibble here or there. Our fish have evolved without stomachs for this very reason. Food digests in their tract within two to three hours, however, we only feed them once or twice a day in captivity. The fish gorge, and consequently become constipated, which leads to swim bladder issues

The swim bladder organ is connected to the intestinal tract by a tiny tube. Carbon dioxide, a gas created from the waste fish produce is utilized by the organ. It fills when the fish wants to rise, and empties when the fish wants to sink. A slow moving or impacted tract blocks the tube, trapping air in the bladder, causing the fish to float uncontrollably

Offer your fish several small meals a day, feeding less more often. Make sure omnivorous fish have access to plants and algae. Vegetation is a healthy source of roughage, which keeps the digestive tract moving

The industry pushes products made up of dangerous chemicals that poison our fish over time, causing organ failure. These fish that are poisoned will be treated with other dangerous medications that eventually push them over the edge. The majority of fish keepers follow the standard practices which fight against Mother Nature; a fight no one can win. Work with her, and your fish will thrive in the natural environment you create


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