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  1. Hi, I used to be on here a lot when I had goldfish and I know a bit about cycling and stuff. My 11 year old former daycare kid wanted to start a tank, originally wanted goldfish but I talked her into tropicals since it was a 10 gallon tank set up. So we got everything together and set it up and added 2 black skirt tetras. They died within 6 hours (I was only there when they were added). We temp matched but did not check the pH so I'm guessing the pH was too different or there was a contaminant in the tank. We did rinse everything (gravel/tank/filter media/deco etc.) One thing that could have contaminated is that she reached in the water with a scrunchie on her wrist. After the deaths they did a 50% water change. They got two more black skirts, temp matched the water and same thing, they lived like 5 hours. So again I'm thinking pH or contamination? Fish from the tank at the store were all fine over the next few days. So now I suggested that they cycle the tank prior to getting any more fish even though I that wasn't the problem. They bought some beneficial bacteria balls and put them in and I told them to put a little tiny pinch of fish food in everyday, does that sound right? It's been a long time since I have done this! I plan to check the water once a week to see how the cycle is going. Parameters at death: Water not tested (so maybe pH was too different) 10 gallon tank, Whisper 20i filter (without charcoal) , heater at 78, treated with Prime, gravel and fake plants, air bubbler as a decoration. Not sure what the fish were doing before they died. Just wondering if you had any ideas why else they might have died and also if using the beneficial bacteria balls along with putting a little bit of food in each day should work forgetting the tank cycled. I have freshwater API Master Test drops that I can check the water with before we add fish and to see if it is cycled. Thanks for any help!
  2. Current picture, some doing better some not
  3. He just started the GC and erythromyacin on Tuesday evening so it has been about 36 hours.
  4. Adding that AP General Cure and Erythromyacin have been added to the tank. PP treatment was done at least twice on each fish.
  5. Hi, I am posting this for my step-son who is trying to diagnose and save some of his koi. He has a huge Koi pond outside that's like 5500 gal, but he has a 500 gallon tank inside where he keep smaller fish until he moves them out into the pond. He has 6 fish that are about 6 in Long in this tank right now, and all of them are acting sick. I know that he added a new fish recently so I'm assuming that it's parasites because he didn't quarantine but I'm wondering if these symptoms point to something specific without him doing a scraping. They have been treated with an antibacterial tank treatment as well as PP. They started out kind of drift swimming off to the side and their bellies had red spots on them, now they are swimming upside down. Test Results for the Following: Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 Nitrate level(Tank) 10 Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 Nitrate level(Tap) 0 Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2 Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2 Other Required Info: Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API master drops Water temperature? 72 Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 500, 9 months What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Custom filter DIY, it probably filters 3000 GPH it's pretty intense How often do you change the water and how much? Based on nitrates but usually 25% weekly How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 4 days, 30% How many fish in the tank and their size? 6 six inch koi What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime What do you feed your fish and how often? I forgot to ask him this, he's not feeding them at all right now but normally he feeds them once a day and they're high quality koi pellets Any new fish added to the tank? Yes, probably how this started was a new fish Any medications added to the tank? After they showed the red spots on their bellies he did a PP treatment on all of them and I believe he has an antibacterial added to the tank, I am waiting to hear which one it is List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? They have red spots on their bellies and are swimming upside down. Before they started swimming upside down they were kind of drifting off to the side and then adjusting themselves Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Just the upside down swimming and drifting off to the side before that started
  6. Hi, question about my stepson's pond koi again. 1500 gallon pond with 4 koi ranging from 6-10". The fish have been coming up to the top of the water and it looks like they are taking a breath (I realize that's probably not doing that). It kind of looks like when they come up to eat and take a bite of the food only there's nothing there. Ammonia 0 Nitrites 0 Nitrates 5 Ph 7.6 Taken with API freshwater master kit Temp 62 2 large DIY garbage can filters full of bio balls, plus 2 sponge filters. New cycle, just starting to see nitrates. Waterfall and air hose for aeration. Prime for dechlor. Fed API medium koi pellets. No new fish. He just added a grid cover to the pond to keep kids and animals out,it has metal poles that go down to the bottom of the pond and a plastic grid at the top. He took the fish out while it was installed. Thanks for any help!
  7. My step-son inherited a pond when they bought their new house and he originally started with goldfish and some small koi, he has now moved up to buying large, expensive koi. He does not want to keep the Goldfish and small koi that he has, and actually there are a few larger koi as well. He only wants to keep the really expensive Japanese ones. I think there are about 10 goldfish ranging from 4 to 6 in and the koi are probably 6 or 7 in, with one or two being about 10 inches. So some of these are big enough that they should probably go in a pond and not a tank. I just wanted to see if anybody wants them for a pond or large tank because I don't know what he's going to do with them and I don't have room. They live north of Seattle but I would be willing to help transport to the right home. He has had these fish for about 2 months and all seem to be healthy. He may also be getting rid of a 7-inch pleco too. Let me know if you're interested.
  8. Hi, long time member and have been out of goldfish tending for awhile. I have posted a few times recently trying to help my step-son with his newly inherited pond. He just moved into a house that has 1500 gallon pond (it might be bigger than that). Anyway, I told him to hold off on buying any fancy koi until he got a handle on the water quality but he didn't exactly listen LOL. He bought several feeder type goldfish and some large koi. Everything has been going pretty well while they were still in the pond after a few deaths likely due to parasites, although I don't think he had a cycle going. He is currently doing a project where they're going to put a plastic grating over the top of the pond to keep animals and kids out of it so he drained the pond (and let the filter media dry up 🤬) and has moved the fish into two 275 gallon tanks. He has a DIY sponge type filter in each one, and aeration. He also thinks he should take his expensive koi out of the pond and keep them in these tanks over the winter. I told them especially since he was new I felt like wintering the fish in the pond would be better than keeping them in a tank because he won't be able to keep up with the waste. He is having trouble with that right now just temporarily keeping them in there while he's doing this pond project. There are 5 koi in the tank I'm concerned about, ranging from 6-14 inches, 275 gallons. Right now (w/API freshwater master tests) Ph 7.2 (normally 7.6) Ammonia 1.0 Nitrites .5 Nitrates 0 So the tank is starting to cycle, he is doing 50% water changes daily and dosing with Prime. Since some of these are $500 plus fish and because I don't want any of the fish to suffer I want to know if you think these levels are okay as long as he keeps up with the water changes and the prime dosing. I'm especially concerned that the pH is starting to drop, I'm going to see if I have a kh/gh test at home. I told him that I didn't think it was a good idea to put them in these tanks for very long unless he was willing to do a lot of water changes but wanted to see what all of you experts thought. Thanks I'm sorry this is long
  9. I wish! He has some common goldfish in there but is mainly interested in (expensive) koi. I told him to just get a few small ones and some Goldfish and see how they do over the winter and if he does well with the water then to try getting some nicer ones in the spring but like all kids (he is 30 lol) he doesn't always listen!
  10. Thanks Shakaho! He has joined some local toy groups and met some people that are helping him, that was an excellent suggestion. The only aeration he has is from the large waterfall coming over into the pond, which filters through all of the bio media. Is that enough aeration?
  11. Hi, I've been out of goldfish tending for awhile but am helping my stepson with his 1500 gallon koi pond. I told him I used to keep medicated food on hand so I could treat my goldfish immediately if they became sick. I used to buy my med food from Goldfish Connection which I discovered today is no longer in business! They used to also sell a food to encourage growth (jump start?). I was wondering if you could recommend anywhere that would sell both a medicated koi food and a high quality growth food? Thank you!
  12. The things in the last picture are filters I think with sponges in them. It is about 5 feet deep and the net is stretched above the surface. He has had several fish die this week even though water quality remains good so not sure what is going on. Ammonia 0, nitrites 0, nitrates 5, ph 7.6
  13. Hi, long time member but have been away for awhile. I know a fair amount about tanks but have never had a pond. My stepson and dil just moved into a house with a 5000 gallon pond that they know very little about. It did not come with fish (prev owners took their koi) so my stepson put two 4 in koi and about 15 small feeder/comet goldfish. ***Does pond water quality work the same way as tank quality?*** I tested the water today with an API Master kit and got the following results: Ammonia: .25 PM Ph: 7.4 Nitrites: half way between 0 and .25 ppm Nitrates: est 3 ppm color 1/2 between 0 and 5 Not sure what else you need to know, the pond has a waterfall in it and big garbage cans full of Bio balls for filtration, and there is some sponge filters in the actual pond. No lighting yet. I attached a few pictures if that helps. I know the previous owner was using Pond perfect bio additive weekly...is that necessary? I suspect my stepson is overfeeding the fish, ***I recommended like a tablespoon of pellets every other day***, does that sound about right for 20 small fish? I saw some I need some food floating around so I know that means they're getting too much. The size of the pellets is also pretty large for the size of the fish. Thank you, and thank you for answering my question about filling with the hose the other day.
  14. Hi, I have been a member here for ages but have been inactive for a long time, hello to those of you that are still here from way back when! My step son and daughter-in-law just moved into a new house that has a 5000 gallon koi pond, which they know nothing about how to take care of. I only know how to do tanks but very little about ponds. When I got here today they had the hose running into it and I was concerned that that would kill all the good bacteria with the chlorine from the hose? Or does that not matter with a pond so much? There is no fish in it currently but they want to add some small koi. It has DIY filters in garbage cans with lots of bacteria balls. Is the chlorine from the hose going to kill all the good bacteria? Do you use dechlorinator like you do in a tank? Thank you so much!
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