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    Thread: ? Sick fish - advice most appreciated!

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      ? Sick fish - advice most appreciated!

      Our favorite white koi appears to have some sudden health issues in past week or two. Recently noticed these reddish discolorations on her back.
      She also appears more sluggish than normal and eating a bit less.

      Natural 1/2-3/4 acre Pond in upstate NY. Water level lower than normal, and ambient temp bit hotter than normal. Consequently, pond bit greener than normal.

      Here are some photos - any help appreciated! It's the white koi with the cute red heart on her nose area
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      Can't be sure but I think it is showing signs of a predator attack. Maybe racoon, mink or other, but was lucky to have survived. With a pond of that size I am going to say it would be near impossible to catch and treat the fish, so keep an eye on her and see if the red spots get worse or better over time. If they get worse, then treatments will require catching the fish and it would be a good idea to have some form of isolation tank that you can keep her in during the treatment. Worse ulcers will require antibiotics and injectible baytril or amikacin would be the preferred, with Tricide Neo coming in behind. If she doesn't get worse, she is best left to heal on her own.

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      Remarkably, we caught her and were able to give a Baytril injection. Fingers crossed.

      Have definitely seen increased predation in the pond this spring. That, combined with poorer water quality than normal from hotter temps and lack of rain, leads to a bad combination.

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