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    My husband and I are new to ponding. We just built out pond in June and expanded to a 14'x10'x4' and love it.
    We have gradually been adding fish and it's wonderful. Last night we added two huge (26-28") koi who seem to be doing well. One of them keeps trying to swim up the waterfall and has scratched her face. Is there anything I can do to help her heal quickly? We have some large rounded rocks and then the shelves which aren't smooth exactly, as the base of the waterfall and a bog for the plants. Any suggestions?
     
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    Salt is good for the slime coat.
     
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    Propolis. It is made from bee pollen and other stuff from the hive and is sold in health food stores. We use it to treat body damage and holes made in the mouth when fishing for carp. Dab the area dry with a bit of kitchen paper and spread a light film over the area that requires treatment. After a few seconds it will seal the wound and will not come off when the fish is put back.

    In the UK we have quite a few different solutions that anglers use on the fish they catch, but don't think that they are available in the States,
     
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    So I have to get her out of the pond? I was hoping not to stress the poor girl out?
    I put stress coat in last night and today was the day for the weekly bacteria add.
    I wasn't sure if I could add anything to the water. I'll go to the health food store tomorrow and see if they have this.
    People at the garden store said she should be ok and heal on her own if the water quality is good.
    I've tested and ammonia is good, nitrite and nitrate both good and the ph was 8.
    I'm not sure what else to test for?
     
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    Will it kill my plants?
     
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    Not in low doses. I'd have to look up the proper dose amount. Its like .1% or something low like that. Don't just start throwing salt in hahaha
     
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    solar salt in the blue bag desolve it in a bucket of water and I keep mine about 2 %
     
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    Do you always keep salt in the pond?

    I assume you mean .2% and not 2%?
     
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    Can you tell me exactly what you mean. I've never added salt. What is 2%? How much would I add to a 36-3800 gal pond?
     
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    sorry I guess point did not show up . :cheerful: With koi it helps there slime coat .I have had the one bag of solar salt for over 5 years now and all the rain this summer seems I used more .Some one did post a calcutaor on here at one time how much salt to add ,not sure who .Waterbug could answer that or dave maybe .
     
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    Taking the fish out of the water for a couple of minutes will not cause stress to the fish. Carp are hardy fish and as long as they are kept wet they are fine. All you need to do is to lift the net clear of the water by a couple of inches and treat the fish whilst it is in the net. Takes literally 2 minutes to apply the Propolis to the wound.
     
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    Ok I'll give it a try. Thank you!
     
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    My pond
     
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    love your bears and rocks really nice .I use my neighbors salinty testor since I take care of her pond and she is using one of my pumps why not . :cheerful:
     
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    Love your pond area, very unique!
     
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    Salt irritates the fish's skin, thus increasing slime production. In my opinion, that's not necessarily a good thing.
    John
     
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    That is interesting. I did not know that. I will read up on it. Thanks.
     
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    Thank you! We've had a lot of fun building it. I want to add on this spring and put a bog between and a 15x15 on the other side.
     
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    I find large fish can get their scales damaged just moving them, so best not to move if they are very large koi. I think they will heal better if the water quality is good and left alone seems to work best sometimes.
     
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