Your Koi are acting funny; theyseem to be scratching themselveson the pond bottom, and they aregasping at the surface.Could it be parasites, a bacterial infectionor fungus?You have been careful not to overfeed,you perform routine maintenance onyour pond and you add dechlorinatorwhen adding tap water. You even haveadded beneficial bacteria. You tested thewater quality, and it is fine; there is no signof ammonia or nitrites, and the pH level isright were it should be.Still, your fish are flashing...Backyard Getaway explains common Koi problems including bacterial and parasitic infections. #Koi #backyardgetaway #ponds #tampa #florida
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<p>26 Sarasota/Manatee Pet
By Lisa Burns
Lisa and David Burns, owners of
Backyard Getaway in Myakka City
our Koi are acting funny; they
seem to be scratching themselves
on the pond bottom, and they are
gasping at the surface.
Could it be parasites, a bacterial infec-
tion or fungus?
You have been careful not to overfeed,
you perform routine maintenance on
your pond and you add dechlorinator
when adding tap water. You even have
added beneficial bacteria. You tested the
water quality, and it is fine; there is no sign
of ammonia or nitrites, and the pH level is
right were it should be.
Still, your fish are flashing.
The truth is, every pond has some form
of parasite or bacteria. Even a healthy
pond is susceptible to these annoying little
bugs. They are brought in on plants that
you have found in the wild or on new fish,
which is why it is so im-
portant to quarantine new
fish before adding them to
As Seasons Change
In autumn, it is common to see changes
in your pondâ€™s water quality. Leaves from
nearby trees are falling in the pond. The
accumulated decaying plant life mixes
with fish waste on the bottom of the pond
and becomes the perfect breeding ground
for anaerobic bacteria and parasites.
Anaerobic bacteria will cause foul odors
or yellow or foamy water. Ammonia or
nitrites also may be detected.
There are many treatments on the mar-
ket today to help cure most parasites and
bacterial and fungal infections, but before
you can treat your fish, you need to
identify what is causing the problem. Of
course, good water quality always helps to
prevent most problems.
External parasites are the most common
problem and require a host, like your Koi,
to survive. Identifying external parasites is
easier than identifying internal parasites,
because you can see a visible change in
your fish. Some, however, are not visible,
and a skin scraping of the Koi is needed to
Parasites that are visible to the eye i