Like all living creatures, Koi fish are prone to illness for a number of reasons. From overcrowded ponds to inadequate filtration, when your favorite Koi fish becomes ill it can be quite disheartening for any pond owner. To help our valued customers help their Koi improve when health issues occur, we proudly offer a wide selection of quality Koi fish health products and fish medications from today’s leading manufacturers.
One of the most common health issues in Koi and goldfish is ulcers. An ulcer is often caused when a fish becomes startled and bumps himself on a sharp edge in your pond. This can cause a small cut on the fish, a hole which can be exploited by opportunistic parasites that are always present in any Koi pond or water garden. Assuming you have pristine water quality and your pond is not overstocked, many times the wound will heal on its own.
Unfortunately, in many cases, the wound becomes infected and the parasites take advantage. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the Koi’s internal organs, ultimately resulting in death. In order to prevent this scenario from happening in your pond, we recommend taking a pro-active approach when it comes to ensuring fish health. Listed below are some simple steps we recommend to help maximize water quality and avoid risk of illnesses occurring your Koi and other pond fish.
Perform water changes on a regular basis. We recommend replacing 10% of your pond water on a weekly basis. This not only helps to ensure nasty parasites don’t overtake your pond, but also helps to reduce the amount of dissolved hormones in your pond water – maximizing fish growth.
Quarantine all new fish purchases. Notice we said “fish” and not “Koi.” Contrary to what you may have read elsewhere, many parasites that attack Koi fish will also attack goldfish and vice versa. So if you decide to add a goldfish to your pond, it too must be quarantined before being added to your pond.
Performance shotgun treatment for all new fish purchases. Whenever you purchase a new fish, assume it is already infected with every parasite imaginable. For this reason, we recommend erring on the side of caution and pro-actively treating all new purchases as if they were already exhibiting signs of infection. Done correctly, a shotgun treatment can greatly diminish the occurrences of illness affecting your pond fish.
Clean aquatic plants thoroughly before adding them to your pond. The parasites that attack Koi and other pond fish are microscopic and cannot be seen with the naked eye. Aquatic plants can often harbor these parasites. For this reason, we recommend cleaning all plants with a garden hose before adding them to your pond or water garden to avoid any possible health issues.
Regularly test your pond water. We highly recommend testing your pond water on a weekly basis for ammonia, nitrites and nitrate. You want to see a “zero” reading for both ammonia and nitrites, so if you see anything higher than this you are at risk of seeing health issues unless you either upgrade your filtration or thin your herd.
If you require assistance choosing the right fish health product for your specific needs, please contact us. Our experienced team of Koi keepers is standing by and can answer any product questions you may have.