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Sick Fish Diagnostics

Koi and Pond enthusiast, over the years we have chatted with many customers regarding sick koi and sick ponds.  Unfortunately, there are not many local Koi or fish vets that can help us with sick Koi.  Therefore, we typically must treat the entire pond versus an individual fish.

What we have found in this business is regardless of the symptoms, there are a few broad base actions that seem to work well.  These actions are deep water changes, medicated food, treat with a broad base medicine per specific illness, and keep a .01% or better salt level in the pond.

Below are the most common symptoms, possible causes, and initial treatments that we have encountered in our travels.  Use this as only a guide and remember...

ALL PONDS ARE DIFFERENT AND INDIVIDUAL DIAGNOSTIC OF SYMPTOMS MAY BE CORRECT OR INCORRECT.  PLEASE PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

For more specific information please refer to the Koi Crisis website - www.koicrisis.com This website is a Koi keepers dream.  It has simple diagnostics to help define a specific illness as well as help in setting up quarantine tanks, hot lines, access to a lab, .etc

Symptoms

Possible Cause

Treatment

Cotton-like growths

Fungus, Bacteria Infections

50 to 75% water change & dechlor fresh water (note: add extra dechlor if water agency has increase chlorine or chlorimine levels!) 

Feed fish Koi & Pond Medicated Food per label instructions.

Treat pond with Pro-Form-C per label instructions.

After Pro-Form-C treatment, treat pond with .3% salt solution per label instructions. (.2% if plants in pond). NOTE: do not use high salt levels with Pro-Form-C. 

Open wounds

Bacterial Infection

50 to 75% water change & dechlor fresh water (note: add extra dechlor if water agency has increase chlorine or chlorimine levels!) 

Feed fish Koi & Pond Medicated Food per label instructions.

Treat pond with Pro-Form-C per label instructions.

After Pro-Form-C treatment, treat pond with .3% salt per label instructions (.2% if plants in pond). NOTE: do not use high salt levels with Pro-Form-C.  

Gasping at surface

Oxygen deficiency, pH crash

50 to 75% water change & dechlor fresh water (note: add extra dechlor if water agency has increase chlorine or chlorimine levels!) 

Bulging eyes

Pop-eye, Bacterial Infection

Treat fish with Koi & Pond Medicated food and treat pond with .3% salt per label instructions (.2% if plants in pond). NOTE: do not use high salt levels with Pro-Form-C. 

Swollen body and scales protruding from body

Dropsy, Bacterial Infection

Treat fish with Koi & Pond Medicated food

Treat pond with .3% salt per label instructions (.2% if plants in pond). NOTE: do not use high salt levels with Pro-Form-C. 

Fins deteriorating

Finrot, bacterial infection

Treat fish with Koi & Pond Medicated food and Pond Furanese per label instructions

Treat pond with .3% salt per label instructions (.2% if plants in pond). NOTE: do not use high salt levels with Pro-Form-C. 

Floats upside down, trouble swimming upright

Swimbladder disorder

Treat fish with Koi & Pond Medicated food

Treat pond with .3% salt per label instructions (.2% if plants in pond). NOTE: do not use high salt levels with Pro-Form-C.

"Flashing" through the water (sudden sideways bursts) or jumping

Parasite infection, water is toxic

50 to 75% water change & dechlor fresh water (note: add extra dechlor if water agency has increase chlorine or chlorimine levels!) 

Feed fish Koi & Pond Medicated Food per label instructions.

Treat pond with Fluke Tabs per label instructions.

Treat pond with .3% salt solution per label instructions. (.2% if plants in pond). NOTE: do not use high salt levels with Pro-Form-C.  

 

 

Koi & Pond, Inc

Santa Rosa, Cal  95407

  707-318-1807

www.KoiAndPondInc.com