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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. jen626

    Will hose chlorine kill good bacteria?

    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!
  5. jen626

    Pond water quality and feeding questions

    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?
  6. 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!
  7. jen626

    Pond water quality and feeding questions

    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
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. I woke up this morning to find that the water level in my 90 gallon tank had gone down about 4 inches, I had just done a water change yesterday. The upper corner is coming apart where the glass meets, I can actually see the gap between the glass. The wood frame around the top of the aquarium has always had a little issue on that corner, but when I bought it we resealed the whole tank and it has been up amd running fine for more than 2 years. I drained all but 12 inches of the water out of it and am hoping the rest will hold for the moment. my two biggest problems right now are where to put the two fish that are living in this tank and where i can get the filters running so i don't lose any bacteria. I have a running 55 gallon that i can put some of the filters on, and I might be able to put one filter on my 20 gallon. I am not sure about putting these two huge fish into the 55 though. But I can work on that...I have a 110 gallon tank in my garage that I can use, it just needs to be cleaned and set up. My question is whether or not I could fix this tank? There is an issue where the wood frame meets on on corner, there is a small gap. If we resealed that whole side again do you think that would be somewhat safe? Any other ideas? Btw, i love you guys.
  11. Hi, sorry it took me son long to update. I don't know if her belly is sunken or not, it is so hard to tell when she is upside down and tilted. I will try and feel is she seems squishy or not. Could her belly be sunken because she hasn't been eating enough? I think I will try and put her into a bowl to feed (thank you for the tip about the net, I hadn't thought of that) and get a better picture that shows truly what is swollen/sunken and have you guys take one more look. I will also move her to a heated qt tank, I just need to move some other fish around. Do you think she would be ok in a 10 gallon qt? With 290 gph filtration? I have a 20 gallon tank full of plecos right now but I don't really have a good place to put them or I would put her in there (without the plecos of course). But I can figure something out, a tub or I can get a new tank if you think 10 gallons is too small. She actually seems quite a bit better the last two days, she occasionally will swim to the bottom to eat, the redness is all gone and she is now using that front fin again. But I definitely do not want her to suffer. So I will try and get a better picture in the light and with her body straight and have you guys take a look one more time and go from there... Poor girl, it makes me sad because I feel like I must be doing something wrong to have her be fine when I got her and then end up like this? Thank you so much for your advice, support and help, I will get those pics up tonight and then we can make the best decision for her.
  12. Thank you! Here are some pictures, and no, unfortunately the Metromeds have not helped with the floatiness.
  13. [*]Test Results for the Following: (*)Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 5 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.0 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.0 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drop kit [*]Water temperature? 68 (no heater) [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallons, 4+ years [*]What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Emperor 280, Aquaclear 110, Aquaclear 70 [*]How often do you change the water and how much? 25-50% once a week [*]how many days ago was the last water change and how much? Today, 50% [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 5, one 7 inch, two 5 inch, one 4 inch and one 8 inch [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, Buff-it-up, crushed coral in filter [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? once a day, Pro-gold, spirulina, krill, peas [*]Any new fish added to the tank? no [*]Any medications added to the tank? no [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? one of her pelvic fins is red and she is not using it [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? always upside down and now tilted to one side, has had two "bubbles" pop up under her scales (not at the same time) that went away within a day, had redness on her chest area but has resolved I have had this fish for almost a year now, i got her at the NWKG show inh Portland last summer. She is a beautiful calico ryukin. She was fine when I got her but after about 6 months she started getting floaty and then eventually upside down. I seem to have this happen with lots of my fish and it frustrates me so much, no matte what I feed them, do with the water or whatever they stay upside down. This seems to only happen with fish that I buy at shows, my fish from lfs's always seem to be fine. This fish li8ved in a qt tank with another fish I bought at the show for about 45 days and the other fish, a calico oranda, died upside down although after posting on here I am pretty sure it was egg impaction with her-and that happened like 9 months ago. So now this fish lives in a community tank with four others, who seem very healthy. She has dropped eggs a few times but the last time was probably in March. She has been upside down since January of this year, but was able to flip over and swim when she wanted to and swim to the bottom to eat. Since about 6 weeks ago she has been unable to flip over and rarely, with lots of effort, she can swim to the bottom. So of course this has made eating difficult for her so I started feeding her in a net. I soak the food in the net for a bit, then lower it in and guide her into it headfirst, and she gobbles the food (I am making this sound WAAAYY easier than it is!) About 3 weeks ago she developed a red spot on her chest (?) which I treated with topical Neosporin and it seemed to go away in a day or two. I assumed it was because she started being more out of the water than usual and that part got too dry. Then about a week later the spot came back and one of her pelvic fins was all red and she stopped using it. I did neosporin again and started Metromeds. She has been on Metromeds for about 10 days and most of the redness is gone but she still does not use that fin. She also is kind of tipped to one side. I am going to try and get a picture up shortly. Do you think this could be an egg thing? Clearly she has swim bladder issues but the redness is concerning me. I believe her poo is pretty normal, it is hard with so many fish in the tank, but I know one day recently it was mostly food colored with hollow white parts on the ends, but no bubbles or zigzags. Any ideas on what to do?
  14. Thanks everyone, for your advice and support. Unfortunately she passed away this morning.