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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?????????????
I will post water test results shortly, but here's the situation...Way back in April, I had one fish (Kukurri) who pineconed on one side. I treated him with Metro and triple sulfa and epsom and he made a complete recovery! He is active and happy still today. Thank you for your help saving him! I had also asked about a mysterious wound on my big fish, Diamond. We decided to try salt baths and a koi liquid bandage and keep an eye on it. I have done all these things and the wound didn't go away but seemed to settle down. It wasn't producing the white pimples anymore but still appeared as a reddish shadow under the skin. Diamond has been happy and active, so I've just been watching, but it has been still nagging at me. Last night, I fed the fish a little bit of food before going to bed and they all ate happily and enthusiastically. This morning, I found Diamond laying on the bottom with her body bent. She chaotically swims through the water every now and then before settling back to the bottom. She tries to beg for food but can't completely right herself. I know this isn't a good sign but since she still has plenty of fight in her, I figured I'd at least try medicating her. I have her in QT with Metro. I'm wondering if I should add salt or epsom and since I have to go buy a second antibiotic, what would be my best choice? Has anyone had a fish recover from the bent shape? What causes it? Amazing how it happens over only a few hours time. I'm really crushed as I tend to get stupidly attached to my fish. It has made me consider giving them up before. Thanks for any help you can offer.