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  1. Criscar

    My fish lice saga continues

    So I just dissected the fish and I’m not an expert at this, only done it half a dozen times, but I’ve never seen kidneys that look like that, I’m assuming severe poly cystic kidney disease. All other organs looked perfect but the abdominal cavity was full of water and instead of pink the kidneys...
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    My fish lice saga continues

    So, a third fish died today. At this point I don’t know if this was a secondary infection from prior lice bites (the lice are not completely gone but the level is very low in the pond right now, I’ve only seen one in the past week) or just a slow death from last month’s vet-recommended overuse...
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    Koi pond! Really confused.

    I’ve heard it can take up to 80 days but it varies a lot. So it’s possible it could have cycled in two months but I’d still be monitoring it closely!
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    [Urgent need help] Koi fish float sideway, with body bleeding and some scale off

    I haven’t had any survive once they get to this point but if you’ve already been working with a vet hopefully you’ll have a better outcome than me. GL!
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    Koi pond! Really confused.

    That makes it tough not having any idea how recent it was or how severe the ammonia and nitrite spikes were, it can be quite deadly if you add a lot of fish at once to an uncycled system and it can take a few months for the survivors to recover. I do agree with the others it’s probably worth...
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    Egeria Densa eaten too quickly!

    I’ve not tried growing egeria densa like this but I do have a separate 20 gal tub (with bachelor guppies on mosquito patrol) where I grow duckweed for my goldfish, and there’s also more in my indoor aquarium. There is no critical mass for me with duckweed in my little pond. The goldfish always...
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    Koi pond! Really confused.

    How long ago did your pond finish cycling? When did your ammonia and nitrites go up and then down? If it was very recent then perhaps it could be residual inflammation?
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    Koi pond! Really confused.

    Did I see correctly that your pond has only been running one month? Has it fully cycled already? What about nitrites? How long ago did your ammonia return to zero as the first part of establishing your nitrogen cycle?
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    Fish Dying - white peeling slime

    Kryten - it’s been almost a month - did things improve in your pond? What you are showing, hemorrhaging under the ski is not normal, and is usually a sign of a systemic infection.
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    What does your pond look like ... Today?

    How deep is your bog?
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    Help please.

    Have you noticed any odd behavior like a lot of flashing (rapidly darting around), rubbing on things, clamped fins? Or any change in appearance prior to the appearance of the ulcers, like little white spots or strings, or small little greenish-brown discs on them?
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    Help please.

    Are the fish dying the new fish, the old fish, or a mix of both? Did you quarantine your new fish before introducing them to the pond and if so did any issues crop up at that time?
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    What does your pond look like ... Today?

    Enjoying my lunch spot
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    My fish lice saga continues

    This sounds like a good plan for any individual fish who has many small lice (only happened once to my big shubunkin who died), but that leaves the issue of how to treat the entire pond? The female fish louse lays her eggs in the plants or gravel,and the lice are free swimming and can come off...
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    The 6th Extinction

    Hi Ruby! Sorry just came across this post now. I read this book years ago, it was great! I think I read it around the same time as Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming , the book about all the corporations and hedge fund types making investments to position themselves to take...
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    My fish lice saga continues

    Hi, just wanted to update this thread again. The shubunkin in question died on this past Friday from either a previously ongoing disease process (she had been a bit on the slower side and a slight 2-3 degrees off vertical for several months now) exacerbated by the lice or a secondary infection...
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    My fish lice saga continues

    :( Same fish a few days later after the massive cluster of fish lice on her tail, a huge chunk of her tail is now just gone. The against recommendation 4th dose of Dimlin X knocked back the fish lice problem a lot but I still see a couple on her, not sure if they are dead or alive but not worth...
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    Bleaching of pond plants?

    There are a few aquatic plant species that prefer a lower Ph but many of us here our ponds are stable at around 8.0 or a bit higher and our plants are thriving.
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    Spots on gold fish

    Your whole pond is infected now, it’s not just those three fish. The first recommended treatment is Dimlin X. Your local pond store should carry it. If you want to remove the adult lice for your fishes’ comfort they come off pretty easily with tweezers, but don’t let go of them in the water they...
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    Eel grass color change (hornwort also)

    Check out the color on the eel grass now!
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