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    Thread: 7 year old Yamabuki just passed

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      7 year old Yamabuki just passed

      First Koi death in this pond. Pond is about 7 years old and this was the first fish purchased. Noticed the fish isolating itself from the rest of the group 3 days ago. Tested the water and here are the following parameters

      Ammonia:0
      Nitrite:0
      Nitrate 5ppm
      Ph: 7.0

      No ulcers, no lesions. Just slow swimming.

      Came home today from work and found laying on the bottom of the pond. Pulled up the koi and noticed excess mucous near gill areas. Opened the gills and they were not red, rather white/grey in color.

      Tested the water again tonight and same results as previous.

      All other koi are very active and show no signs as the yamabuki.

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      I wish I had some words of wisdom but can only offer condolences.
      Maybe look up Bacterial Gill Disease Treatment (BGDT). Discolored gills
      sounds like that may be what it is.. I hope there are no more losses.
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      Quote Originally Posted by icu2 View Post
      I wish I had some words of wisdom but can only offer condolences.
      Maybe look up Bacterial Gill Disease Treatment (BGDT). Discolored gills
      sounds like that may be what it is.. I hope there are no more losses.
      Thanks Steve,
      Iím keeping a close eye on the rest of the herd for any signs. Strange how it was just the one Koi.

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      I've seen BGD do that... one fish effected now without any others, but might be a sign of a larger problem looming
      in the future that might need to be addressed. Keep an eye open for any habitual places where dirt collects
      and isn't able to be flushed clean. Hoping for the best for the rest of the herd.
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      Quote Originally Posted by icu2 View Post
      I've seen BGD do that... one fish effected now without any others, but might be a sign of a larger problem looming
      in the future that might need to be addressed. Keep an eye open for any habitual places where dirt collects
      and isn't able to be flushed clean. Hoping for the best for the rest of the herd.
      Looks like this was BGD. I tested the water again today all looks the same as previous days. I havenít added any new fish in over 3 years. Only thing I can think of is poop from birds or squirrels that come to the pond to drink water. One thing to note is that during heaving feeding months I do mild PP treatments about every 3-4 weeks depending if I see foam or not. Donít think this would be an issue as Iíve been doing this for years with no issue.

      I will wait as I donít like to add other meds in the pond aside from PP.

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      Sorry My Friend , hope the rest of the fish will be fine . We should get together one of these days

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      Wouldn't jump to the conclusion of bgd. Could be other things.

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      Quote Originally Posted by kdh View Post
      Wouldn't jump to the conclusion of bgd. Could be other things.
      Could you elaborate please, thanks.

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      BGD is just the same bacteria that creates ulcers on koi. These bacteria just eat away healthy tissue. Same as in the gills. If the gills are just gray than it is most likely due to the koi laying on the bottom of the pond and the gills turn gray. Since the poster did not mention any damage to the gills. It would be highly unlikely that is the issue. I have only seen one case of BDG and it was horrible to look at as the bacteria had eaten away a lot of the gill. You would have to have a chemical or parasite issue that would turn the gills to a pale color and that would probably (guessing) turn gray quickly once dead. This koi could have died from many different things and well remain a mystery. imo

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      Quote Originally Posted by catfish whiskers View Post
      Sorry My Friend , hope the rest of the fish will be fine . We should get together one of these days
      Hi Jeff, yes itís been quite some time. Howís your herd doing?

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