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     Companion Fish
 Having Fish in your Quarantine Tank

A Help Call


When I received a call from a friend that he was losing his fish, I was concerned. But when he said twenty-one of his koi had already died, two last night, and a couple more were “isolating and not eating” I decided to make a house-call.

 

Upon arriving, I looked at the pond. The fish, for the most part looked active and healthy. There were one or two fish that were not swimming around and seemed to be exactly as he said. He also had two fish, recently deceased, in the freezer awaiting necropsy. The water was not clear, with large quantity of suspended particulate matter and evidence of uneaten food (which also could have been recently discharged “eaten” food that returned to the pond in almost the original state) on the liner fold near the bottom.

The pond has four waterfalls and several skimmers, several bottom drains and a heavy filtration system. I checked the filters. All were immaculate. This koi pond is shared with numerous pet water turtles. The homeowner was asked to do water tests. He came out of the garage with a multitude of test kits, all of which were antiquated and came up with neutral or negative results. He now realizes the tests are expired and will replace them.

He sent his wife to the neighborhood market for Oil of Cloves so we can do a scraping and gill snip on one of the live, isolating fish. The fish also showed considerable engorged capillaries in pectoral and ventral fins, had a torn ventral fin, but otherwise looked okay. Upon checking the gill tissue, it showed marked deterioration, with gray-brown areas throughout the gills. Is it significant that the fish was not gasping at the surface? According to the homeowner, all the fish that died had simply seemed to rest in the bog areas, not swimming, but not gasping either. They seemed to lose interest in life. Many were gravid females, but not all.

In the two necropsied today, both were females and the ova were brown and small. One fish was 10” and the other 24” and “ripe”. Both also had extensive gill deterioration; however I don’t know how long they may have been dead before the homeowner got them into the freezer. By the time I saw them they had sunken eyes. Is this something that happens to fish when they die? Very curiously, both, especially the smaller fish, had almost white liver. Initially I thought I was moving aside some fatty tissue, but soon realized this was the liver, or the fish did not have a liver (of which I was doubtful!) Or is this really white fat tissue?? I checked everything under the microscope and found nothing but one dead fluke, or what looked to be a dead fluke. I could locate no living parasites. The gill tissue was badly blanched and parts were simply eaten away.

The live fish we did the scraping on was placed in a quarantine tank with fresh water that does not share water with the main pond. The homeowners were instructed to add aeration to both ponds. They also will cut feeding in half. They will do a 50% water change today, another one tomorrow, followed by a third one the next day. [He is using Sodium Thiosulfate to dechlorinate new water.]

My friend needs to look at the food he is feeding and was recommended to switch to Legacy Koi & Goldfish Foods for better nutritional sustenance, and to increase the fishes’ stress resistance. He knows to look for the undigested-looking feces as a sign he is either not feeding correctly or feeding the wrong food.

He also knows now that the reddened fins indicate a stressed fish.

He will remove the shubunkins to reduce the bio-load in the main pond, since he now understands the stress of overcrowding and its ultimate destruction.

After losing twenty-one koi, he still has too many inhabitants in the pond. Ah, but now he realizes it and is ready to do something to save the rest! He’s going to take my advice and contact the Koi Lab if he loses another fish, to get directions on sending the fish for necropsy, to the people who REALLY know what they are doing… Meanwhile, he says he’s going to proceed with heat treatments and assume the worst (KHV).

by Carolyn Weise, Ecological Laboratories, Inc.

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