February 22, 2015

Today's Pond Q&A

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Today's Pond Q&A

In this issue:

- SICK KOI - HOW DO I GET RID OF BUMPS AND SORES?

- STRING ALGAE - ANOTHER WAY TO REMOVE IT?
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Question>

I have a sick koi, we took him out of the pond with big round
and red spots over his body, big like a silver dollar and they
are bumpy with a lose white skin on them. There is also one on
the tail and he has a big red bump on his nose. Can you tell me
what to do about this? I have tried different things like Clout
and Potassium Permanganate, but nothing helped so far. This has
been going on for over a month.

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Answer>

Have you been able to do a scraping? I mean, do you know how to
do a scraping on the fish?? These big red spots sound like
ulcers and it sounds like the nose is also infected now. Although
the loose white skin you are seeing could be an excessive slime
coat in reaction to either infection or parasitic condition. The
primary cause of this type of problem would be poor water
quality.

If you were to clean up the water, improve the filtration
(perhaps the filter is not clean, or perhaps there is collected
waste debris on the bottom of the pond) the fish might be able to
survive. If the water is not good, there is little you are
going to do to improve the fish's chances for survival.

So, if the fish cannot be helped by using simple non-Iodized
salt, then dumping chemicals into the pond will only exacerbate
the problems at this point. In fact, you may have killed off the
beneficial bacteria with the treatment you just did. You need to
isolate this fish and maybe one other for company for her, and
give her some very good clean water, lots of oxygenation, and a
strong clean filter. I wouldn't add any more chemicals.

You haven't even told me what you are treating for. Do you know
what parasite you think she has? If it is Ick, Ick has an
encysted stage, inside the flesh of the fish, where medication
cannot touch it. Good luck!

- Carolyn

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Question>

Maybe I can help with how I removed my string algae. I use a
long handled brush (the kind to clean fans) and find it to be a
handy tool after picking the string algae out. I make sure that
I clean it well and use it only for my pond.

It's cold in California now and I'm used to the weather in Hawaii
or I would be in that pond right now playing with my friends.

Thanks for all the wonderful advice.
I've learned a lot.

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Answer>

Thank you, Mona. I have received reports from others who are
using BEER to remove algae from their ponds also, but just for
me, I will stick with your method or the proven EPA registered
algaecides such as AlgaeFix! I suspect the beer may act as
barley straw concentrate, but I'm not willing to try it in my
own pond just yet.

- Carolyn

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Brett Fogle
MacArthur Water Gardens
www.macarthurwatergardens.com

MacArthur Water Gardens
PO Box 3628
Alpharetta, GA 30023-3628

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Posted by bfogle at 02:20 PM | Comments (0)

February 09, 2015

Today's Pond Q&A

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Today's Pond Q&A

In this issue:

- HERONS: USING DECOYS TO DETER THEM

- LEAVES: WILL I UPSET THE FISH TO TAKE THEM OUT NOW?
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Question>

We had a Koi pond in Weston, FL (in the process of selling
the house, soit is now a swimming pool). We lived right on a
canal just off theIntracoastal Waterway, walking distance to the
beach and had all types ofwater fowl. We also netted the top of
the yard, even the sides, but we too,had herons that would walk
in through the holes in the fence or the net, oneparticular
green heron was the worst.

We purchased two concrete/ceramic life-like looking herons from
a statuarystore and placed them around the pond. No more heron
problem! Herons areterritorial birds, and if they see 2 other
herons (presumably mates) thenthey will go to another territory.

It's best to move their position aroundevery couple of weeks,
or at least once a month, so that they appear to bealive, and
the herons don't catch on that they are fake.A friend of ours in
Boca also was having the same problem, although her pondwas much
more shallow (18" to 24", as ours was 4.5 feet deep). She
triedputting a net over the pond, but to no avail. We told her
about the fakeherons, she bought 2, and guess what: No more
heron problem!This is a lot easier and more attractive option to
your pond, as it adds alittle "yard art". The more life-like
the birds are the better. Ours are white with the face painted
accordingly (beak, eyes, etc.) I don't think the bronze ones
will work. And you don't have to keep repairing thenetting.
Give it a try! You might pass this along to Shirley in your
article.

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Answer>

Thank you! We have heron decoys and heron scarecrows at

http://snipurl.com/MacArthurDecoys

and I love the idea of using TWO of them! During mating season,
one heron statue can actually attract herons to a pond. But by
using two, you have solved that problem! Thank you again. I'm
sure the readers will appreciate this information.

- Carolyn

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Question>

I had to leave for an extended time to assist my parents with
relocation, etc after Rita hit their hometown. I had no
opportunity to put up my leaf net, so on return this month, the
pond water is brown with the tannic acid with many leaves on the
bottom of the pond. I'm unsure what to do, remove the leaves,
stressing the fish in their dormancy, or waiting for more
permanent warm weather to remove the leaves, increasing their
exposure to risks related to decompossing leaves. Please advise.

Thank you.
Stephanie in South Central Virginia

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Answer>

Hi, Stephanie,

Welcome home! As for the leaves, if these are koi, and not
small fish that would be possibly removed with the leaves, I
suggest you do the clean up now. Tannin won't harm them, but
the parasites and other anaerobic bacteria that inhabit heavy
collections of sludge and debris can. I will not harm the fish
if you go about your chores in a calm, gentle manner, and not
doing anything you wouldn't normally do to excite the fish at
any other time of year. As for the tannic acid, it would be
nice to do a few small water changes as weather permits.
You might also use Microbe-Lift Autumn Winter Prep for
whatever leaf matter you don't manage to remove to help
accelerate the natural decomposition process.

- Carolyn

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Brett Fogle
MacArthur Water Gardens
www.macarthurwatergardens.com

MacArthur Water Gardens
PO Box 3628
Alpharetta, GA 30023-3628

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