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

    Types of common algae are green water, blanket or string and last but not least, substrate algae. The latter is the only good form. Instead of free floating, it attaches to something. Green water algae takes up space in the water, keeping oxygen from entering. Blanket or string algae covers the surface, keeping oxygen from entering. These types of…[Read more]

  • Venus commented on the post, Sick Koi 3 days, 2 hours ago

    Back-washing a filter is a term for clearing the debris. Fasten a sponge over the intake hose, and rinse in old pond water, just as you do the sponges on the pond pumps. You should never have to clean out a pump if the sponges are in place. Every time you clean a pump or filter, you risk losing a portion of your cycle, even though friendly bugs…[Read more]

  • Venus commented on the post, Sick Koi 4 days, 13 hours ago

    That’s just one reason I was thinking of placing them at the waterfall; perhaps in a strainer? For maximum benefit they should be close to fast moving water no matter where you place them. Shells are simply a mineral block that breaks down gradually

  • Venus commented on the post, Sick Koi 4 days, 16 hours ago

    I thought you said you ordered the giant size for ponds, so I thought…gee; they’re really small for giant size. lol

    You can add as many as you want as long as you test regularly. They don’t ‘all of a sudden’ break down, or dissolve over night, so pull them when the KH is right where you want it. I can’t say how long it will take; could be…[Read more]

  • Venus commented on the post, Sick Koi 4 days, 21 hours ago

    Sounds like a good starting number; four wonder shells

  • Venus commented on the post, Sick Koi 4 days, 21 hours ago

    One right after the other. Oxygen works with any substance

    We should consider creating a new blog post; Sick Koi II. This one has over 200 comments, which is probably causing the problem. Most threads die off after 20 to 30 comments. Am I complaining? Not in the least. I appreciate the activity, and have enjoyed working with you and this pond…[Read more]

  • Venus commented on the post, Sick Koi 5 days ago

    Yes. Perform the treatment now while it’s at its full potential, and yes, it would benefit to add the H202 to the pond before (not after) adding the treatment, but don’t add directly with the treatment itself. I have dandelion in with the garlic, and dandelion reacts to H202 by foaming which we both know would upset you. lol

  • Venus commented on the post, Sick Koi 5 days, 11 hours ago

    You can group fungus in the bad bug section, so yes, the treatments will help to destroy them, but your best line of defense is excellent water. Oxygen destroys all bad bugs on contact

    You’re working on creating an environment that bad bugs can’t survive in, and this is the key. Healthy fish live in healthy water. It will take time for them to…[Read more]

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

    Good deal. Things are turning around now. We lost the one fish since we started buffering, and hopefully it will be the last we lose to bad water

    Healthy fish live in healthy water

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

    Start the remedy; pour it all in the quiet side, and then feed the fish. It’s to our favor there’s a quiet side of the pond for treating the fish, but once they’ve recovered, that quiet side has got to go

  • Do you see any signs of oxygen deprivation? Are the gills and mouth overworking? Are the gills turning pink or red on the exterior?

    What if the fish is suffering from nitrate issues, and just happens to be the only fish I’ve ever seen with an appetite? The fact is, it was poisoned by nitrites and then nitrates in the past, and maybe more than…[Read more]

  • Venus commented on the post, Sick Koi 1 week, 2 days ago

    That looked to me to be a basket over the intake; where the sponge goes, not blades, but that being said, I’ve never seen a basket that looked quite like it, however, I’m sure there’s pumps I haven’t seen. It wouldn’t make since to have blades on the outside now would it

    Here’s another pump with a different shaped basket; they’re all…[Read more]

  • Venus commented on the post, Sick Koi 1 week, 2 days ago

    If they don’t show a sponge in the ad, they don’t come with a sponge. You’ll have to buy them, and if you can’t find, you can use (black) filter sponges. You can sew them together so they slip on and off, but they do sell cylinder sponges, and they come in all sizes. I use real sea sponges. You just hollow out the inside with scissors, and the…[Read more]

  • When fish raise their scales, it does feel bark like, because scales are hard. When they lay down, you feel the slime coat. I’m sure the water temps were fine in the chamber, and have been fine in the fish house as well, so in this case the fish has fever; meaning infection of some kind; not good

    As for the circular black marks; never seen this…[Read more]

  • Venus commented on the post, Sick Koi 1 week, 2 days ago

    Looks like a good pump alright. Every pond pump must have an aquarium safe sponge wrapped over the intake. Most quality pumps come with cylinder shaped sponges that slide on and off for cleaning ease. The sponges keep the pumps running smooth, as well as clear debris from the water. They should be rinsed in old pond water weekly, or when the action slows

  • If the fish is eating, the problem is non related to nitrates, even though it’s hard to believe considering the position. It’s possible the fish was injured, but how? I’ve never known a pond pump to injure a fish. If it were an injury, it would have to be caused by a filtering system

    The only other thing that causes this curled position is SSg,…[Read more]

  • Venus commented on the post, Sick Koi 1 week, 3 days ago

    Good to know the KH is holding its own. This is really going to change things for the fish. Do the pumps have pipes on them to create fountains? If so, remove them, as these lesson the type of action you really need right now. We need to make waves

    Water evaporates, minerals don’t. They remain in the body of water, so if evaporation is the only…[Read more]

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