***The Pond Discussion Thread****

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The heat has cause the fish to be really hungry too and much more active!

The green water is part blessing in that the fish can go deeper to get out of the sun. Next year I hope to have Lilly pads providing some shade.

Good to hear the little fella has it's appetite back.
 
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The sun bleached the colour out of some of my koi, so last year I built a pergola over the top and I put some fine mesh across the top of it to semi-shade most of the pond.
Seems to have worked, the colour on the fish is now brighter than ever.
I also added lots of pots with plants around the side and x3 floating baskets, so they do get plenty of shade / places to hide.

Contemplating removing the net that I threw over it last autumn when I had a problem with a heron.
Not seen it in ages so hoping it has moved on permanently.
 
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One of my Koi is bent :(



I'm guessing it's a swim bladder issue because he's ballooned and seems to have trouble swimming level.

Read about shelled peas but not sure what else to do for him.
 
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Read about shelled peas but not sure what else to do for him.

Hard to tell from the picture but unfortunately nothing can be done generally once a fish gets to this state, the bloated body means theyve lost osmotic regulation and eventually will lead to kidney failure and death.

Kindest thing to do is get some fish anesthetic / oil of cloves and send it out peacefully.
 
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Thanks :(

He seems happy enough to eat and still motors about, just looks like he's swimming at right angles with his head lower than his tail when he gets going.

Got another fish that's of a similar size but he's been that size for at least 7 years, his tail's straight though.
 
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Yup looks bacterial or an internal tumour. She could also be egg bound - normally they can reabsorbs eggs but if the eggs aren't reabsorbed and not expelled then they can rot causing internal damage and killing the fish.
 
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I found one of my fish on the floor outside the pond dead this afternoon. It had a clear puncture mark behind the gills right where the heart would be. The hole smooth and wider than any of the magpies that have been hanging around. So I think a heron tried but was too large or dropped it. Net up across the pond.

I have seen two (sushi the female and the larger chagoi male) but I think this was the smaller nonchar/grass male. They've been acting very skittish over the last couple of days running around the place but I thought that was possibly the heat. Now it makes sense having a predator around that possibly has tried already.
 
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I had heron trouble at the beginning of the year, so I netted over the whole pond.
It has been on ever since, I am now contemplating taking the net back off, as not seen the heron for months.
Hopefully it has moved on, but with my luck it will be back again :-(
 
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I had heron trouble at the beginning of the year, so I netted over the whole pond.
It has been on ever since, I am now contemplating taking the net back off, as not seen the heron for months.
Hopefully it has moved on, but with my luck it will be back again :-(

Current weather has dried out waterways etc so they probably have less to eat.
 
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My fish have been swimming around happily for the last few months. I never figured out what led to the issues in my initial post, however, I lost 3 of the 6 smaller (shubunkin?) fish at the time. I never found them but once the fish started happily swimming around again, there were only 3 small plus the larger ghost carp. I’ve seen heron hanging around in the past so potentially the same issue here!
 
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Saw all three remaining fish today at the window looking for food. Sushi (f), the charge (m) and the grass/chargoi (m).

EDIT: Today (next day) I saw a flight feather stuck in the back area of the netting. Not a magpie and too large for one of the pigeons we have around here.

I think it's back again (early morning visitor), got caught up in the net. I'll probably reposition the net again once the heatwave is over but for now it's doing it's job.
 
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