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  1. Shannon, Thank you. I will work on getting the pH up. How much is safe to raise it per day? I know large swings can be dangerous. I will test the KH this afternoon. What am I looking for? I have and API test. I was a bit confused on interpreting the results.
  2. Last Thursday I discovered 3 or my shubunkin goldfish covered in fuzz. Gills red with labored breathing at the bottom of their 100 gallon tank. It happened suddenly over night. They had looked fine the night before. There was .25ppm ammonia. No nitrites or nitrates. Temp at 70. The ph was 6.5. When I took them out to get a closer look it seemed like the fuzz came off in the net. Putting them back the fuzz was gone and it appeared later that the extra fuzz had been shed in the tank. I did a 100% water change and everything seemed better. The fish were swimming but, no appetite. I have 180 gallon tank with 7 baby shubunkins. Only an inch long. They received a water change and showed no signs of illness. Yesterday one died out of the blue. No signs of illness. Today I checked on the and another one had died. Now every fish I have is covered in the same fuzz and looks like all of them are struggling. I have a dojo loach with them an his side has the same type of fuzz I Checked the water in the tank all water parameters are at zero, temp 65, ph 6.4. im at a loss trying to understand what is going on and why so suddenly. I use prime and stress coat. my tap water does not register anything but a low pH of 6. I see Melifix and Pimafix recommend from a number of of websites. I am hesitant to go that route unless it’s the only option or the forum recommended it. I have seen just as many websites cautioning against it. I attached pictures. Can anyone tell me what’s causing this and how to treat and prevent this. I have 2 other tanks housing 2 koi and the other two large comets. All healthy except a comet may have a mild case of swim bladder. Heated the tank up to help with digestion, stopped feeding and will give peas in 4 days. I had another case 6 moths ago and with the same treatment they recovered in a few days.
  3. Does anyone have experience placing a koi pond near a septic trench? I know where the septic tanks are and the drainfield is up on the hillside. I’m just worried about putting the pond too close to the trench? Does anybody know the recommended distance from a trench to place a pond? It is going to be 10 x 14’ x 3’.
  4. Please forgive the long post. I am desperate to find out why my fish are sick and how to prevent it. I have tried to figure it myself but, this isn't the fist time this happened. I don't know what to do. I don't want to see them suffer. This afternoon I noticed 3 of my Shubunkins are covered with fuzz one looks like their skin is peeling off and two have bright red gills. They did not eat last night and were hanging at the bottom of the tank. Until today they have been healthy and active. I have had them for almost a year. Background - I have 4 medium shubunkins, 5 baby 1 inch Shubunkins, 2 large Comets, a 6 inch koi and three 4 inch koi. I have three 180 gallon stock tanks and a single 110. They are in my green house and have been their since October. The sick fish are in my 100 gallon tank. They have been in this tank for over a month. They were with my two 6 inch koi in a larger tank and I moved them prevent overcrowding. I have the same feeding, water change, water testing schedule for all tanks. If ammonia rises above .25pmm I will complete a water change that day. Previously, I have had two events where every fish in this tank had a rapid onset of white fuzz and some had what appeared to be lesions. Every time the exact same symptoms. The first time I had just purchased 3 small koi and 2 weeks later they all became sick suddenly. The fish were young and new so, I thought since they were all sick it most likely was and illness they already had. I changed all the filter media, cleaned the stock tank, and after a week or so went to a koi garden store and purchased 3 more replacement koi. About a month later the same exact thing happened. I tried Melafix and Pimafix. They never recovered and it seemed to get worse everyday. After scouring the internet I couldn't pin down what was happening. I went to the koi pond and garden store and asked what could cause my fish to get sick so fast and die and if there was anything I could have done to save them. I was told that it was probably and electrical charge that caused it. It made sense as the fish all became sick in the tank with that pump. I bought a new pump and thought I had taken care of the problem. Fast forward I just went down to see the fish and was horrified to see my 3 shubunkins I had raised so sick. I am desperate to find out what is happening and how I can prevent this from happening. The tanks are not cycled. The original tank was overcrowded and I realized I needed more space. That is why I have four tanks. It was either have them with a daily ammonia spike of 1ppm or split them up and work daily with small water changes, 2 x daily water checks, water filter, always making sure water conditioner was added, and rotate filling the tanks never letting the water temp change more than 3 degrees in 12 hours. The fish will be moving to a 2,000 gallon pond in a few months. I will not put any fish in the pond until late spring and the pond has been cycled completely. I have learned my lesson. Please do not beat up on me. Ammonia - never above .25pmm - water changes if ammonia registers Nitrites - 0ppm Nitrates - 0ppm ph range 6.5-7.0 Temp - 70 degrees single 500watt heater 600gph Pump filter - Mechanical, biological, and uv filter. Matrix biomedia Seachem Prime water conditioner Recently started adding API stress coat - 2 weeks ago I vacuum out all waste daily - Small quite battery powered Maximum water change 50% is water has ammonia spike - Rare Typical water change 30% Water changes twice a week. More if needed. Hikari growth - small floating pellets Filters rinsed in tank water weekly All other fish and tanks have the same readings. Baseline for Tap water registers no ammonia, nitrates, or nitrites. ph is 6, and it is hard water. Can anyone help save my fish?????????????
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