Help me please...koi are dying


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9 drops of KH test solution...the chart in the instructions indicate that means 100-200ppm.
 
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If that's for both the pond and quarantine tank, go ahead and transfer the fish in the procedure I mentioned before.
I'm interested to know the initial PH difference before the transfer.

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Let's some numbers!
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The KH is in the same range in the main pond as the quarantine tank...100-200ppm (9 drops of solution for the main pond, 11 drops for the quarantine tank).

The water temp differential between the two is about 3 degrees Fahrenheit...PH differential is about 0.2-0.3...maybe closer to 0.2. Hard to tell because the color is kind of in between the color blocks on the chart for both the main pond and the quarantine tank.
 
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The three koi are back in the main pond. They look pretty calm. The white one still flits around occasionally, but he does still have a small area of raised scales from where he abraded it jumping out of the quarantine tank days ago, and he’s still a little rosy colored. Stressed I’m sure. I’ll just keep watching him.


Now on to long-term water quality maintenance systems development. Looking for any guidance to that end.
 
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Our trip got delayed secondary to an unfortunate and unforeseen mechanical failure with our truck, so we’re here for another day or two. When it rains it pours. But maybe we saved those three koi, and our pond is healthier already.

So I should still source a GH test kit, yes?

And is KH of 100-200ppm acceptable?

I bought some mesh bags and am going to get some lava rock to establish something of a waterfall biofilter
 
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I am also going to purchase some green Matala filter pad for the second stage filter in the skimmer. I’m realizing the material Aquascape provides for this...just...sucks.

I want to highlight something I said in my post about about “maybe we saved those three koi”...the “we” is us here but equally so all of you here on this forum that guided and advised us here.

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The KH reading is in the correct range.
The GH may only need to be measured once, but it does need to be measured, epically if someone has determined that you have had a high PH problem.
A correct measurement will ensure that your PH doesn't go too high, which would cause stress to the fish.
If you have a well water quality test report, see if it lists calcium and magnesium measurements.
 
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Hello, pondophiles.

We lost the larger white koi...not too surprised. He is the one who lept out of the quarantine tank. His tail was injured...I was surprised he rallied at all. But we are sad about this nonetheless.

Just want to let you know we are still here.

GH test and some green Matala filter media are on order. Will report back with GH test results when we have them.
 
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Oh, that's sad to hear... Let's hope for the best for the remaining fish. Thanks for checking in!
 
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