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RE: Sick Fish.. advice please? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: ccoombs1 on 07.08.2008 at 11:05 am in Ponds & Aquatic Plants Forum

It looks like two totally different issues to me. Lets talk about the calico first. Goldfish commonly get fleshy tumors and that is exactly what this looks like to me. Fungus starts out as white fluffy looking tufts that quickly turn greeenish because of the algae in the pond. I do not believe that is what this (or the other fish) have. I believe this fish has a tumor of some sort....for which there is no treatment. Its also possible it is carp pox, although that is not very common in warmer summer I am thinking tumor. Don't worry about it...there is nothing you can do for a tumor anyway.

The other fish looks like it has slightly raised white patches. That spells out parasite infestation to me, probably colonys of a protozoa-type parasites. Please throw pimafix and melafix away. They do nothing more than smell good and clog up the gills of fish that are already sick. You should probably treat with a chemical such as ProformC....something that contains formalin and malachite green. That will kill the protozoa parasites. But since we don't know exactly what parasites we are without a microscope, we need to assume that it could be ich. Ich is very different from most parasites. It has 3 different phases of it's life and it is only susceptible to parasite killers during one brief period in it's lifecycle. So it is necessary to keep the parasite treatment in the pond for at least 7 days, repeating the dose according to the manufactures directions. Do you know the volume of your pond? And do you have salt in your pond? Salt is not compatible with some parasite treatments.


proform c for parasite treatment
clipped on: 07.08.2008 at 11:23 am    last updated on: 07.08.2008 at 11:55 am

RE: pond water clear but green (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: hoovb on 07.07.2008 at 06:45 pm in Ponds & Aquatic Plants Forum

Check into sodium percarbonate for killing alage, it's probably the cheapest way to go. It reacts with algae and degrades into hydrogen peroxide which then degrades into...water, so it's not going to damage much of anything.

Here is a link that might be useful: sodium percarbonate.


***see how compatable this is with fish and plants before using!!!!!!!
clipped on: 07.08.2008 at 08:53 am    last updated on: 07.08.2008 at 08:54 am

RE: Water Hyacinths not growing (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: larryl on 08.25.2007 at 01:58 pm in Ponds & Aquatic Plants Forum

It sounds like an iron deficiency. You should also see some veining on the leaves. It will have green veins against the pale yellow green background. The newer growth will be the palest with less veining. Healthy WH also have some slight veining, but it is dark green over a medium green.

For an iron deficiency the best product is Fertilome Liquid Iron which contains chelated iron and other micronutrients. It isn't specifically made for ponds, but I have used it for years with good results. For 2700 gallons add two or three ounces to the pond water. If the problem is iron you should see some improvement in the color of the WH in a few days.

If you want to try the shotgun approach, you can add some potash too. It won't hurt a thing even if the problem isn't a potash deficiency. Add a handful of potassium chloride or potassium sulfate. The best, and cheapest, source of potassium (AKA potash) is a special kind of water softener salt that is intended for people on extreme low sodium diets, so it is potassium chloride instead of the usual sodium chloride. I get mine at my local Grange Coop.

The proposal to put your WH in buckets of Miracle Grow would work, but it is a lot more effort if you have more than a few WH. It is far easier to correct the deficiency for the whole pond and be done with it.


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