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tony
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sick pond fish due to heat?
« on: August 12, 2010, 02:36:04 PM »

I have 4 shubunkins 2 are 5 years old and 15"-18" the other 2 are 3 years old 10"-12". I have a fan tail gold fish that is also 3 years old he is in the 8 " range and I added a couple of new koi fish this year as well as a turtle to our pond. I bough all of them from the sam place I have bought all of my fish. recently we have had some very hot days and the older fish have been very listless fins down laying on the botom of the pond. I gave dome water changes they seem to enjoy this until I am done. I added two more pumps to the water breaking the surface to introduce more oxygeninto the pond. still no change i decided today to bring them in and put them into the aquarium. all but the 2 new fish are very red in color like bloody almost coming off of the fins. Is this due to heat? Any suggestions?
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Hanna
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Re: sick pond fish due to heat?
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2010, 06:10:53 PM »

Hi tony, first of all WELCOME TO THE FORUM.

Sad to hear what happens in your pond. Can you post some pics of the sick fish?
What colour are the fins normally.
So I do understand that they do have blood streaks in their fins? Like blood congestion?

Did you test the waterquality? How big is your pond? How hot is it there at the moment?

At this stage with the information you provided I believe it was a good move to bring them in and put them in the aquarium. Please make sure they do have LOTS of oxygen and the water chemistry is right.

How are the readings for: (numbers please)
Ammonia
Nitrite
Nitrate
pH

Answering all my questions, I can help better.
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Nossie
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Re: sick pond fish due to heat?
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2010, 02:51:37 AM »

I would agree with Hanna, take them inside and look at them closely! In meantime, maybe you would want to increase the rate of water changes? But only after testing the water Wink Please post the results asap, and a photo of your fish if possible Smiley
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tony
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Re: sick pond fish due to heat?
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2010, 03:15:08 PM »

Sorry I didn't get back sooner this morning i took the fish into a local vet. He said that they were hemriging blood due to the heat. I took in my water and he tested it said that it was ok. ( I don't have a tester, don't know what ok means). he said that the 2 big ones were likely not going to make it but the others might is I do frequent water changes salt the water and use tablets that he sold to me. I have done this and some of them seem to be perking up.
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Re: sick pond fish due to heat?
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2010, 03:34:49 PM »

Good that you got help Smiley

But hey, for next time, buy yourself a test kit for your pond! You only need tests for pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrates. They're not too expensive, and you can use them for a long time, it'll definitely be worth it, since the first thing you should ever do when your fish are acting weird, is to test the water!
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Re: sick pond fish due to heat?
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2010, 12:29:58 AM »

An air stone putting bubbles through the water is the best way to keep the water at maximum oxygen solubility.  When the temperature gets up to about 25 degrees C the solubility drops down to about 5ppm from the maximum 10ppm at lower temperatures.  Could try shading an area of the pond and putting the airstone under that.  I imagine the fish suffer as not enough oxygen is getting to some of their organs which will start to deteriorate.  I have previously lost female goldfish full of roe while male fish survived in a hot unaerated pond.
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