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#1 MrWiggly

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 10:31 AM

Hi All ..

I have a large mature pond that has suddenly experienced a massive death rate among my larger fish.

As well as several "fancy" Koi, the deaths include Mirror and Leather Carp.

All the fish were in the 8-14lb bracket, and were in excellent condition prior to the outbreak.

A total loss of eighteen fish over a period of 10 days. The fish showing no outward sign of disease or distress. No fungus/Finrot/Gill Infection/Scale Loss/Eye Cloud or bloating. The fish were eating well up three or four days before the outbreak.

A large number of smaller fish, mainly "Fancy" Goldfish, are fine .. They have sailed through the period and are eating well.

The pond itself appears immaculate .. Crystal-clear water with abundant plant growth. The water is well filtered and aereated. No "Blooms" or algae growth. Chemical levels test confirm all OK.

Anybody else had this problem ??

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Edited by MrWiggly, 05 September 2007 - 03:35 PM.

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 12:48 PM

Have you put anything in it in the last few weeks? i.e. fish, plants, etc?

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 03:34 PM

Have you put anything in it in the last few weeks? i.e. fish, plants, etc?




Nope ... All well established ...
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 04:11 PM

Nope ... All well established ...


Hi there

I had a similar problem a few years ago and a friend told me it happened to him during "stormy" weather and suggested this sucked oxygen out of the water, killing fish that needed high oxygen levels (carp, koy etc) I added an oxygenator pump and stones (outdoor type) and never had a problem since!. Worth a try as they are inexpensive on the ol ebay (10 ish).

Good luck mate

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 05:15 PM

Hi SDD ..

Pond has a waterfall, and a side pump blasting in oxygenated water .. and masses of surface area. Can't see oxygen loss being a problem.

Just had a walk around the pond edges, and spotted masses of small fry in there.

So .. I have tiny fish, and mid-size fish, but all my big ones have rolled over !! :unsure: :unsure:

Bl**dy Odd !! :wallbash: :wallbash:

Edited by MrWiggly, 05 September 2007 - 08:22 PM.

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 07:45 AM

Hi SDD ..

Pond has a waterfall, and a side pump blasting in oxygenated water .. and masses of surface area. Can't see oxygen loss being a problem.

Just had a walk around the pond edges, and spotted masses of small fry in there.

So .. I have tiny fish, and mid-size fish, but all my big ones have rolled over !! :unsure: :unsure:

Bl**dy Odd !! :wallbash: :wallbash:


Bloomin mystery that one mate :( I hope you find the problem or it simply doesn't happen again!

Best of luck

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 09:00 AM

Could it have been the food? Maybe (maybe) it is something eaten by the bigger fish, stuff to big for the tiddlers/fry?

I had a total wipeout early this year after introducing some frogs spawn from a friends pond...his koi were fine.


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Posted 09 September 2007 - 05:20 PM

Hi Den ..

Can't see the food being a problem.

I feed a "Mix" of large and small stuff that I have mixed and used for years with no affects before.

A mate up the road has a large stock of fish, some of them from my pond. He is using the same mix as me (even "borrowed" some of mine). and he ain't lost a single fish !! :blink:

Put it down to experience, I suppose ... :unsure: :schmoll:

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 05:49 AM

Trouble is, it would be nice to learn from that experience, I bet. Like you, I'd be gutted if that happened in my pond :(

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 08:16 PM

I'd be tempted to take a sample of water (about a pint) to an aquatics shop, as they can do loads more complicated tests on the water than you can do at home.