We recommend that if you observe a fish exhibiting behaviors that you have not seen before, for example;
Laying on the bottom of the pond
Staying away from other fish
Not eating for an extended period of time
Gasping for air
Flashing, excessive scratching
Laying over on it’s side
The first thing we advise you to do is check your WATER QUALITY
The second thing you should check is the WATER QUALITY!
If the water in your pond checks out to be within normal parameters then we suggest you isolate the fish or fishes in question, from the rest of you pond into a holding tank with adequate filtration. Especially if the sick fish is one of your prized pets!
Blackwater Medicated Formula Koi & Goldfish Food
Once isolated it will be easier to determine the cause of your Koi’s abnormal behavior. As soon as you have the fish in it’s separate, temporary “Hospital” tank start feeding small amounts.
We also recommend that you Salt the water in your “Hospital tank” at a concentration of no more than 6 lbs of salt to 100 gallons of water.
If your sick Koi refuses to eat and doesn’t appear to be getting better, in the salted water, we suggest that you contact your local Aquatic Vet to diagnose and treat your fish. This sounds extreme but if you consider that some Koi are valued into the THOUSANDS of DOLLARS, a visit from a “Fish Doctor” doesn’t seem so extreme!
Knowing when to seek help or When and How to Look for Fish Veterinarian
This is the website for the American Association of Fish Veterinarians it has over 130 fish vet members around the U.S. Data is still being input for the find-a-fish-vet locator function, but there are fish vets already in the data base. Just click on the “Find A Fish Vet” button and click on your area. Or just click here to go directly to the