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    Lightning struck koi this summer

    Has anyone had this happen? In September we had a bad storm and lightning struck the utility pole next to our main pond, blowing out the transformer and cutting off power up and down the street. The next day the power company replaced the transformer and I was really worried about the koi. Sure enough my favorite and most valuable 32" female Sanke suddenly had a kinked spine. I didnt think she would survive but to my surprise she has managed to pull through although still with the kink. She swims fairly well unless startled whereas she swims quickly in a large circle. She eats well and otherwise acts normally. None of the other fish were affected by the lightning strike thankfully(but one of my German Shepherds was in the garage laying near the service entrance and was shocked and burned pretty badly on his leg, he's ok now) My question is to anyone who has had or heard of this happening and the possibilities of this koi still being able to breed? She was a great breeder.

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    We have had several threads about this, one I believe this summer. Do a search for lightning strikes and see if it comes up for you.
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    A physical defect after birth should have no impact on the off spring. If she eggs up still, breed away. Given her new condition and for safety though, I would consider hand stripping her of the eggs once spawning activity begins and then milt the partners. I would then give her a day or two in a separate tank to drop the last of any eggs left without the boys going after her.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Anderson View Post
    Has anyone had this happen? In September we had a bad storm and lightning struck the utility pole next to our main pond, blowing out the transformer and cutting off power up and down the street. The next day the power company replaced the transformer and I was really worried about the koi. Sure enough my favorite and most valuable 32" female Sanke suddenly had a kinked spine. I didnt think she would survive but to my surprise she has managed to pull through although still with the kink. She swims fairly well unless startled whereas she swims quickly in a large circle. She eats well and otherwise acts normally. None of the other fish were affected by the lightning strike thankfully(but one of my German Shepherds was in the garage laying near the service entrance and was shocked and burned pretty badly on his leg, he's ok now) My question is to anyone who has had or heard of this happening and the possibilities of this koi still being able to breed? She was a great breeder.
    Not lightening but I had an accident with power feeding my well pump grounding to the casing of the well... and of course it apparently hit my Miss Piggy, a 35" Chagoi. She doesn't
    have a curved spine, but the swimming erratically when startled sounds very familiar.
    I consulted a vet here locally who is experienced with koi and he said it's not unusual for the largest one to take the majority of the voltage compared to the others (I also had 6 other
    fish in the pond that were completely unaffected). His only advise was to watch and she might get better... she might not. Nothing I could really do either way. She resides in the
    800 gallon Intex pool in my garage.
    I'm curious if your Sanke swims anything like she does?

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    Steve, why do you not have a koi buddy with her?

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    [QUOTE]
    Not lightening but I had an accident with power feeding my well pump grounding to the casing of the well... and of course it apparently hit my Miss Piggy, a 35" Chagoi. She doesn't
    have a curved spine, but the swimming erratically when startled sounds very familiar.
    I consulted a vet here locally who is experienced with koi and he said it's not unusual for the largest one to take the majority of the voltage compared to the others (I also had 6 other
    fish in the pond that were completely unaffected). His only advise was to watch and she might get better... she might not. Nothing I could really do either way. She resides in the
    800 gallon Intex pool in my garage.
    I'm curious if your Sanke swims anything like she does?

    She swims more in a circular motion when startled like she is trying to swim forward but cant control her movements, otherwise slightly one sided. She also seems to seek my attention more, and has a great appetite.
    A physical defect after birth should have no impact on the off spring. If she eggs up still, breed away. Given her new condition and for safety though, I would consider hand stripping her of the eggs once spawning activity begins and then milt the partners. I would then give her a day or two in a separate tank to drop the last of any eggs left without the boys going after her.
    Those were my thoughts exactly. I am sure she will egg up but I worry about impaction and her inability to spawn naturally. Good input, thanks.

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    She swims more in a circular motion when startled like she is trying to swim forward but cant control her movements, otherwise slightly one sided. She also seems to seek my attention more, and has a great appetite. Those were my thoughts exactly. I am sure she will egg up but I worry about impaction and her inability to spawn naturally. Good input, thanks.
    That's exactly how my Yamabuki swam after being struck by lightning. She got better after a couple years and swims naturally now. Good Luck with your's.


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    Quote Originally Posted by totallyvictorian View Post
    That's exactly how my Yamabuki swam after being struck by lightning. She got better after a couple years and swims naturally now. Good Luck with your's.
    That's great to hear, and encouraging. Last November, I had posted details of my summer 2015 lightning event in post #17 of http://www.koiphen.com/forums/showth...ight=lightning

    The 3 of mine that were injured but survived are presently in similar in condition to how I described them in that post, which told of one that has almost fully recovered. Also, my female asagi has a great appetite, and I plan to give her lots of time to see if she can straighten up.

    Several years ago, we had lightning strike 100 feet from the pond, and the only koi injured was one of the smaller ones. Also this time, the 5 injured were a variety of sizes, and several of the largest ones were unharmed. From this limited experience, I don't think the size of the koi has a lot to do with whether they get injured by lightning.

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