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Starting to panic now !!!!!
« on: September 14, 2010, 01:54:17 PM »
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I have a pond with 6 goldfish all about 4ins. They have been very well for the last 3 years, 6 weeks agao i introduced 6 new fish all about an inch long at the same time i discovered a lot of fry. Since then the fry seem to get to about an inch long and then die. In the last couple of days two of the originals have died too.
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Re: Starting to panic now !!!!!
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2010, 03:07:48 PM »
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There can be a million of reasons/diseases involved here. Simply because you introduced new fish without quarantining them. They might've brought some infections or parasites with them. Or, you might have over crowded the pond (I wouldn't know since I don't know how big the pond is) meaning that the nitrates are getting dangerously high.

1. Test the water parameters: pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate If you don't have a test kit, buy one. Or if you can't afford your own now, ask at the pet shop, they might be nice enough to test the water for you if you bring a small cup of the pond water Smiley
2. Look at the fish, CLOSELY. Do you see any symptoms? Are they eating well? How are they acting? Are there wounds? Spots, streaks, excess slime coat, fraying fins...?

I'd suggest doing some water changes, 20-50% after taking a sample for testing. Please post numerical results, and keep us updated on the progress!
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Re: Starting to panic now !!!!!
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2010, 08:36:23 AM »
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Do everything that Nossie said.  Also keep in mind that goldfish produce A LOT of fry because Mother Nature doesn't expect all of them to survive.  Don't be surprised if the adults grab a snack of the eggs or the fry as well.  Because you said that the adults were dying as well, it's certainly a problem.  I might also think about how much food they're getting, especially if the population increased suddenly.
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