High Phosphate Levels

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    my fish are ailing, red fins and body streaks. one dead, laying on the bottom on their sides, some flashing. The chemistry shows high phosphate levels, and 8-8.5 pH. ???
     
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    pH is OK. What is the numeric result of the Phosphorus test> What are the other pond parameters' numeric levels?

    Red fins and body streaks are indicative of internal bacterial infection. Feed them medicated food if you can find any..

    High phosphorus will not cause any of the symptoms that you described, but will cause other issues in your pond.
     
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    The only thing in this video I don't agree with is parasites are now showing up with salt resistance. Fish mainly get sick when their immune system are compromised and that is mostly do to water quality issues.
     
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    Another one of those dictums so prevalent in the pond world that is only partially true.
    Parasites will adapt to changes in salinity to a point, much like fish. It is when a certain salinity level is maintained that problems arise as the increase in salinity required to combat a parasite infection may be too high for the fish (and plants) to withstand. This is one of the main reasons that background salinity levels should not be maintained in any pond that supports a fish population.
    What you are stating os absolutely true. A healthy fish will not develop a parasite problem. Only weakened fish succumb to infection and overall water quality determines the health of a fish.
     
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