• Stringy pooh is the sign of a poor diet. You’re feeding peas? Remove the shells, dry the peas on a paper towel, and then marinate them in garlic water. Just chop up a clove, and pour 1 ounce of tank water over the garlic. Let it sit in the fridge for 24 hours. Pour the aged garlic water over the peas. I would feed nothing but for five to 10 days.…[Read more]

  • Should warn you that some websites recommend using salt all of the time, but salt is stressful to the organs, and should be used in moderation, and only when needed. Bad bugs quickly build an immunity to it, and it becomes pointless. People use it in an effort to control bad bacteria, but what they don’t know; oxygenated water is the key. This is…[Read more]

  • Yes, whatever the cause of the bumps, we should see an improvement, unless the bumps are ich of course. If this is the case, try the garlic and salt combined; very powerful. Garlic destroys bad bacteria and parasites, while enhancing the health of the fish. No matter what type of bad bug you’re dealing with; past or present, they all prefer water…[Read more]

  • Yes, release the fish and the water back into the aquarium after the bath. Be sure to examine the bumps during the bath, and report back

    I wonder if because the fish haven’t been well, you’re paying super close attention, and noticing the small things? Maybe not, but my old fish have all developed those bumps I see on her tail fin and dorsal…[Read more]

  • Venus commented on the post, Amquel Plus 3 days, 9 hours ago

    Yes, it stinks; that’s for sure, but that’s the sulfur you’re smelling. Water treatment is a combination of chemicals that can be dangerous for fish if overused. It converts toxins to a safe form, but doesn’t eliminate them. You’ll still get a precise reading when testing. This is were the trouble starts. The fish keeper may think the toxin is…[Read more]

  • The bumps; are they raised areas or just discoloration? Have you given the salt bath? Were you able to examine the fish more closely?

    It’s really hard to say without more info. From the photos it’s hard to say. It’s very possible the meds are the source. The little bumps on the fins are commonly seen in older fish, and nothing to worry…[Read more]

  • How old did you say the fish are? I’ve looked at the video long and hard. I see imperfections, common with older fish, just like dogs and cats and ourselves as well. The young are seemingly perfect, but as we age, we get wrinkles and warts; so do animals

    I’m not saying there’s nothing to be concerned about; there is, but, you’re addressing…[Read more]

  • Venus commented on the post, Sick Koi 3 days, 23 hours ago

    That is a wow, and a big one at that, considering everything you guys have gone through. This is the way it’s supposed to be with big ponds; easy

    If the fish aren’t feeding, they’re in a dormant state. If the fish are in a dormant state, so are the friendly bugs. As the weather warms, and the fish start feeding again, so will the friendly bugs.…[Read more]

  • Don’t be tempted to use meds. It’s not the solution. I can’t say it’s not ich, but it seems unlikely unless you’ve introduced a new fish or plant this past year. Yes, it could take a year to notice.

    It’s possible you had a little ammonia previously, and the fish was burned, explaining the clamped fins. The only reason a fish behaves like this…[Read more]

  • Looks good to me

  • Venus commented on the post, Bulging Eye 1 week, 1 day ago

    It seems our comments are falling out of order; been trying to fix, so you may have to look for your most recent

    Create a new post to add photos. Create as many posts as you like

  • Venus commented on the post, Bulging Eye 1 week, 1 day ago

    Do you have Prime or Amquel plus on hand? These are the water treatments that convert ammonia and or nitrite to a safe form. Pick up a jug if not

    The nitrates were too high, but performing a fast water change can cause more harm than good. Reduce nitrates gradually by performing small and frequent water changes. Keeping that water table high…[Read more]

  • Venus commented on the post, Pond Pump 1 week, 1 day ago

    Thanks for sharing. I really can imagine it. I had no idea frogs ate their own; same with goldfish. lol I love frogs and toads. I lived in a walk out lower level, and one Spring, baby toads were able to find their way in. Some were the size of my thumbnail, and beautiful too. I wanted to keep them, but I resisted, and returned them to the…[Read more]

  • Venus commented on the post, Pond Pump 1 week, 1 day ago

    Every aquarium, every pond needs a pond pump to keep the water healthy. A pond without a pond pump is not a happy pond. The tube or pipe on the first pump you showed me is designed to create a fountain, which is best for lilies, because the surface isn’t as agitated, but only if the fountain breaks at the surface, not below

    I like hearing you…[Read more]

  • Venus commented on the post, Pond Pump 1 week, 1 day ago

    Sounds like the frogs are picky. They want the real thing, or maybe it’s a farce that frogs rest on lily pads; something we only see in the movies. lol

  • Venus commented on the post, Bulging Eye 1 week, 2 days ago

    Your fish are really extraordinary. Are they comets? It’s very unusual for goldfish to keep their spots. Most turn one color or another within a year or two. Their tails are spectacular

    In almost every case, what is wrong with the fish is wrong with the water. The medications you see at the pet shop are dangerous chemicals that amplify the…[Read more]

  • Venus commented on the post, Pond Pump 1 week, 2 days ago

    Cool; a frog pond. Do you have lily pads?

  • Venus commented on the post, Pond Pump 1 week, 6 days ago

    Good price, and it comes with a sponge too, but I wonder if it has a volume control. Comes in handy when you’re performing a water change; turn the volume down before removing tank water. The more shallow the water, the more powerful the action. Also, you may not need it at full speed in order to get desired action

    Also; I wonder if the tube…[Read more]

  • Venus commented on the post, Sick Koi 1 week, 6 days ago

    The pond pumps produce action at the surface, but the bottom remains calm, which is perfect for Koi, especially if the water is oxygenated on the bottom, and it is. There’s a very good chance the increased action will keep the areas around the pumps from freezing. They say fast moving water doesn’t freeze, but who are they? It depends on how cold…[Read more]

  • Venus commented on the post, Sick Koi 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    The pink you see in Toby’s fish’s tail fins are caused from nitrite poisoning. The symptoms show long after the fact. Because nitrites rob the blood of oxygen, the blood thickens, and the blood vessels become enlarged, and very visual. The tail fins are the first to show, but if you see tiny patches of veins on the body, this indicates the case…[Read more]

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