Goldfish Koi Health Issues

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Goldfish Koi health issues

Goldfish Koi distress or poor health may be caused by a variety of reasons. The water quality may be poor; low in oxygen and or mineral value. Issues may be related to toxins produced in the nitrogen cycle, or improper feeding habitsWhatever your fish’s issues, copy and past the questions below into your post, and answer each one if possible, and we’ll advise accordingly. Create a post listing symptoms; answer questions below1. What are your water parameters GH, KH, pH, temperature, ammonia, nitrite and nitrates2. Describe your set up (size, height, filters and pumps, substrate, decorations)3. How many inches of goldfish do you have collectively?4. Is your fish house enclosed?5. What and how often do you feed?6. Describe maintenance routine7. Have you used medications or salt recently?8. Do you understand the nitrogen cycle?9. Describe behavior and or symptoms10. How long have you had your fish and or fish house set up?

Lethargic goldfish

By | 2019-04-01T10:02:04-05:00 November 24th, 2017|Categories: Goldfish Koi Health Issues|Tags: , |

Lethargic goldfish isn't happy Lethargic goldfish is staying in one spot of the tank. He has been this way for about 1 month now. He still moves to feed but returns to the same spot and when watching him, his breathing appears very slow. We are going to buy a test kit this evening and I will post the results in hopes that someone knows how to help us. We rescued this fish 9 years ago from a wedding when he was a mere center piece decoration. Goldfish bottom sitting We never imagined having him 9 years later so we are supporting and caring for him as best we can. I only have a video so will post some photos to follow this afternoon. He is about 7" long and 2" wide, he's always been a happy and healthy looking fish so not sure what's changed or what we're doing wrong now. He is in a 10 gallon tank and we know that it should be triple that for one goldfish but we are in the process of retiring 4 hours north of our city home and don't have to resources to have a 30 gallon tank. ANY advice or suggestions are very welcome and thank you SO much in advance, we love him dearly! Goldfish needs help

Bulging Eye

By | 2019-04-01T10:08:31-05:00 October 9th, 2017|Categories: Goldfish Koi Health Issues|Tags: , |

Bulging eye goldfish emergency Bulging eye on goldfish 911. What brought me to your site was one of my fish having a bulging eye. This started months ago, or so it seems, but at first it was nothing alarming because another one got this (both eyes) but it went away. It took a while but it did.   But after a while, with this fish, it began to bug me. Till one day 'he' he began to look unwell. So I did a filter wash and partial water change as usual. (I've had these fish for about 8 years) After a few more days things just didn't look right. So I thought to treat the tank w/Maracyn II - that's when it all went downhill and panic mode came on. Goldfish pop eye All three of my fish were like OMG what is that? Are you trying to kill me!!! They all sunk to the bottom looking horrific - so I went berzerk, I filled a bin with water and scooped them out. They were "OK" but I seriously had to get that crap out of the water, so i did an entire water change. In the midst of all this I read the packaging had an Expire date of 2016!! I had used some old stuff rather than the new. I have some that's 2019. Well by the time I got them back in their tank, they were at least swimming around, but now ALL three had red streaks in their tails. Not a good sign. But why! Poison? I have read that out of date Tetracycline is not good (it's Minocycline so not the same) but I had to wonder if the rule applied. Goldfish bulging eye Now all 3 were ill and all because one fish had a bulging eye and all I knew to do was treat for Popeye, and Maracyn II was for that. So after reading around, I found that Maracyn (the plain one) (Erythromycin) will help popeye too. So I tried it. I stuck to it and it seemed to be agreeable. But after a few days I saw no real improvement. So I tried Kanaplex and Metroplex. This seemed to actually make a difference. They were more active and less sickly looking. I followed directions to a T. You have to stop for a few days to start another round of doses. I did this 3X and that was enough. I couldn't keep going on with this. All the while I knew I was dealing with practically a new tank that needed cycling. So I was doing water changes regularly and watching the test strips and checked ammonia. All stayed in check. They are in a 36 gallon tank w/Marineland 200 filter, with only a filter pad. I've never used carbon. So that's about this time I discovered this website and I've been working on water quality issues more vigorously since. It's def given them all a big improvement. I've always [...]

Comet Goldfish Pineconing.

By | 2019-04-01T10:11:14-05:00 September 26th, 2017|Categories: Goldfish Koi Health Issues|Tags: , , |

Comet goldfish pineconing Currently its with 5 other goldfish in a 120g Acrylic tank with a Canister filter and a water pump. its about 8 years old when I got it as an abandoned goldfish. I googled up some treatments but I wanted to get your input on how to treat it and save it. I got Epsom Salt and Pond Salt to get started it on treating it. Comet still swims around right side up, eats and socializes with its other tank mates. Goldfish raised scales Any input is greatly appreciated on how to save it. Water parameters are  0/0/30 with the ph at 7.8. Water temps are currently 72 Degrees. Goldfish scales sticking out More pics and videos available upon request. Thanks for reading this, Theo75.

2 Koi Ponds. High Nitrates

By | 2019-04-01T10:12:28-05:00 September 4th, 2017|Categories: Goldfish Koi Health Issues, Goldfish Koi Maintenance|

I visited my dad's friend's 2 outdoor ponds today and here are the parameters: 2700gallon pond, 5.2ft 33 large koi, pond 2 years old: KH 65 GH 20 - 40 Ammonia  0.1 Nitrite 0.1 - 0.3 Nitrate 50+ (under 100) One fish in the large pond has bulging red eyes, another has a big bulge on the side of its body. 770gallon pond, 3.5ft 20 large koi, pond 6 years old: KH 30 GH 20-40 Ammonia 0.1 Nitrite 0.1-0.3 Nitrate 50 He appears to have a problem with high nitrates and low KH and low GH. He had to keep doing water changes to keep nitrates low or they can exceed 100ppm. The ponds are quite full with koi and they swim slowly. Each pond has a small waterfall that brings water down from above and a filtration fixture at the bottom on the pond that sucks debris out to an external canister. The larger pond has a fixture at the bottom of the deep end that can push water upwards with surface action like a pond pump. There are constant low levels of salt (0.12) in the ponds to prevent infection. I've forwarded this site to Dad's friend and linked this blog post to him. Hoping he can followup with you here on how to treat.

Worms Aquarium Pond

By | 2019-04-01T10:13:23-05:00 September 1st, 2017|Categories: Goldfish Koi Health Issues, Goldfish Koi Maintenance|

Worms aquarium pond are unsightly Worms aquarium pond are unsightly, but if you can see them, they're probably harmless. The two common types of visual worms are planaria (flatworms) and nematodes, which are round and wiggley. Visual worms are can be brought into your fish house by plants or even your hands after digging in a garden. Natural pea gravel which sometimes comes in a muddy bag may be the source. Rinse everything thoroughly before adding to your fish house. Plants should be dipped in salt or bleach water Parasitic worms are difficult to see, unless you have a magnifying glass. They don't survive outside of the intestines for long, although your fish may pass them on occasion if infected. Symptoms of parasitic worms are extreme weight loss, even though plenty of food is available, and the fish eating Fish tank worms Another common worm is the anchor worm. It lives outside of the body, attaching itself to the fish, feeding on it. These worms are visual, but you must look closely to see them Excluding parasitic worms are easily eliminated by feeding our gel food with natural antibiotic or shelled peas marinated in garlic water. Feed nothing else but for 10 days straight to destroy them. Wait for twenty days and repeat. Parasitic worms depend on a slow moving and unhealthy tract to thrive. Feed less food more often, and feed a variety of food that includes vegetables, such as blanched spinach and shelled peas. Feed in a spreading motion so that your fish has to work for its supper. Gorging causes constipation which also leads to bad bacteria infection and floating issues Worms aquarium pond All other types of worms depend on an unhealthy environment to thrive. They prefer water low in mineral and oxygen value Use our Sea salt and garlic remedy to eliminate anchor worms or the Garlic remedy if you've recently salted your fish house. A second, and perhaps even a third round may be required to eliminate hatching larvae Visual worms may be more stubborn, but the same remedies should work if your water quality is improved. Another tip is to reduce the amount of food you feed, which may encourage your fish to eat the worms, although smaller goldfish may not be able to eat worms larger than their mouth. Some fish show no interest, due to the fact they're simple not used to eating live food pH 8. max  pH is a combined reading for carbonate mineral (KH) and oxygen. If low, test KH value. If KH is low, buffer to 120 using bicarbonate of soda. Test pH after buffering. If low, remove top if aquarium is enclosed and increase water movement by adding a pond pump KH 120 max Carbonate mineral measures alkalinity, and gives water the ability to support oxygen. This critical mineral should is best kept at the high end of the comfort zone GH 300 max General hardness is a combination of magnesium and calcium, but most [...]

Continuing treatment of Fortune

By | 2019-03-22T19:00:44-05:00 August 9th, 2017|Categories: Goldfish Koi Health Issues|

Hi, We have been treating Fortune since April 13, 2017, when the fish was being sucked on by a Pleco that has since been rehomed. We have changed all things in the tank to optimal set-up, we have changed our water changing schedule and methods, we have done every possible treatment including two weeks in a Nitrate Chamber. The fish would alternate swimming and laying on its side before our move 6/30/2017. I think our move to a new house further injured it because now it spends all it's time laying on its side. It eats, the water parameters are healthy. I think this is a physical injury we are dealing with. I have tried attaching a photo of beginning treatment as well as one taken today, 8/9/17 The water is yellow because we are in the middle of a garlic treatment. However, the pictures are too big and I don't have time to resize them, my baby is awake. I will email you.   Any suggestions?

Goldfish Curled Gills

By | 2019-04-01T10:26:49-05:00 August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Goldfish Koi Health Issues|

Goldfish curled gills may have natural deformity Goldfish curled gills may have natural deformity, but more than likely has been poisoned by ammonia. High levels of ammonia burn fish, causing extreme discomfort. You may see their dorsal fins clamped tight to the body long after the ammonia has been converted or removed in an effort to reduce pain. Goldfish breathe by sucking water into their mouth, and pushing it out through their gills. Oxygen is absorbed into the bloodstream during this process. When ammonia is present, the delicate rake is exposed to the toxin. In most cases the internal parts of the gill swell causing oxygen loss that can lead to death Fish that recover from ammonia poisoning may have damaged gills. The gill may even become inverted, exposing the delicate tissue. Many of these fish will die due to poor water quality or because they're consistently exposed to the toxin, the goldfish owner unaware of the nitrogen cycle. Goldfish that are lucky enough to live in healthy water may live long and healthy lives despite the fact Deformed gills Hatch-lings with these types of deformities are culled from the school by breeders, so it is unlikely you'll find one at a pet shop. Culling deformed fish is a standard practice. Fish with abnormalities are not uncommon. Big breeders are known to heartlessly toss them into the garbage to die a slow and painful death. Common deformities are misshapen lips, gills and tail fins, abnormalities that do not keep a fish from experiencing a long life. Sellers want good looking specimen to display in their aquariums. Breeders believe culling these fish keeps the quality of their line pure Goldfish curled gills These breeders and sellers may be surprised to learn how many people are attracted to the animals that have abnormalities. Most of us feel endeared to these poor creatures that need tender love and care Repair curled gills Some experts recommend massage therapy for fish with curled gills, but not me. The internal parts of a gill are delicate and easily damaged. Massaging a curled gill may injure the rake, causing the fish to experience oxygen deprivation. If you have a fish with curled gills, that seems healthy despite the fact, leave well enough alone. The deformity may not be very attractive, but the fish doesn't care how it looks. Make sure it lives in water rich in minerals and oxygen, and it may surprise you by living a long and happy life The goldfish in the photo below was burned by ammonia, and the gills were damaged. Close to death, and in a weakened condition, the fish was injured by the filter. Thankfully, the fish made a full recovery, and although it looks strange with it's curled gills and crooked body, it's a happy fish now Make sure you're providing a safe and healthy environment for your fish by reading The 10 Steps Goldfish Koi Keeping All rights reserved Author: Brenda Rand

Treating goldfish Koi Tumor

By | 2019-04-01T10:28:06-05:00 July 27th, 2017|Categories: Goldfish Koi Health Issues|

Treating goldfish Koi Tumor requires extreme therapy Treating goldfish Koi Tumor requires extreme therapy in most cases. It may be difficult to tell what type of tumor you're dealing with. A simple wart is firm to the touch and has a rough texture. They're simple to eliminate with the Sea Salt and Garlic remedy. Tumors created from SSG are mushy and smooth to the touch, however, if the tumor your fish has is a little different, it may be an actual mass caused by abnormal cell production. These types of tumors may or may not be cancerous, and in most cases, we'll never find out. There are few willing to invest in hundreds of dollars to find out, and possibly thousands to treat a cancerous tumor on a goldfish Some of us may not be able to make a large investment, but we've got to do something, and that's where natural remedies come in. There's no chemical on a pet shop shelf that's going to destroy the tumor and save your fish, but herbs that are proven to destroy abnormal cells may be its only chance Tumors on goldfish and Koi Customized remedy combination (dandy, garlic and aloe juice) Before starting treatment, lower fish house water to 64f by chilling tank water in the fridge. This is going to reduce stress on the fish After you've succeeded in lowering temps, proceed with the following Scoop fish up in a one gallon container of tank water; pour in one ounce from 8 ounce remedy bottle slowly, mixing with your hand as you do so The garlic will help to anesthetize the fish after five minutes or so, but if the fish is still too active to treat, chill the container wand fish in the fridge for 45 minute Between the garlic and the cold water, this will help to reduce activity even more Fill syringe with remedy; inject (as much as possible) in tumor during bath. If you feel the tip of the needle may have gone past the tumor and into the tissue beneath it, even better, as this is more than likely where the tumor started Leave fish in bath and follow instructions below Fill eye dropper with oral remedy. Lift the fish's head above the surface, and it will gasp in a moment, giving you a chance to push the tip into its throat. Squeeze gently until the dropper is empty Release the fish and the bath water back into main tank (that's one ounce of treatment added to the main tank) Allow tank water to warm to 72f Remedy treats 80 gallons total (use one ounce of remedy per 10 gallons of fish house water) Repeat entire process daily until remedy is gone All rights Author: Brenda Rand Learn more about tumors on goldfish and Koi Goldfish Tumors

Sick Koi

By | 2019-04-01T10:25:45-05:00 July 12th, 2017|Categories: Goldfish Koi Health Issues|

Sick Koi but good water parameters in outdoor Koi Pond?? Hello, I'm currently babysitting my parents' outdoor koi pond and will be doing so for about 2 weeks. It's quite a large pond (10,000 gallons and spans half of our backyard). We have several large koi (length of adult forearm) and several smaller goldfish (length of adult palm) and based on the number of fish, the pond may be overstocked. The outdoor temperature in Vancouver has been quite variable this summer (16 - 32 degrees Celcius. Low-mid 20's this week but the temperature was up to 30 degrees over the last 2 weeks). For some reason the pond is losing about 4 inches of water each day so we refill the pond with a bit of fresh water each day (like a 5% daily partial water change!). My parents have had this pond for about 5 years. At first glace, the fish look relatively healthy (full scales/fins) but there are always a few fish in the pond that have finrot, sores on the body or strange growths. Some fish have had raised scales, pineconing and died not having released their eggs. The fish have been exposed to salt and antibiotics many times. Sometimes the treatment works, but on average about 1 fish dies each month and my parents replace them. At the moment, one very large fish currently has sores on one side, some raised scales and prefers to swim at the bottom of the pond and doesn't seem interested in food. Another strange observation: when I fed the fish this morning, I noticed that 3 smaller fish appeared to be chewing/biting another small fish of similar size in a corner of the pond. When I threw food at them, all of them swam away. What does this mean?? Seeing that there are always ill fish, I assumed that there must be problems with the water quality. However, when I tested the water parameters of a sample of pond water today, they seemed ok: Ammonia: 0-0.1 Nitrite: 0-0.1 Nitrate: 5-10 pH: 7.2-7.4 KH: 10 GH: 20 Phosphate: 1 I came across your site and thought that the garlic may help. My parents usually feed Hikari pellets twice a day, so over the last 2 days I have been feeding a mix of presoaked pellets and cooked peas but I think only the smaller fish were able to see the crumbled peas because the large koi swam right through the small bits. I have attached some images of the pond. Please let me know if you have any ideas Thanks!! -M

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