Why is my koi fish fat?

Koi do not have stomachs, just a digestive tract. The “fat belly “appearance is caused by feeding a poor quality food which is high in carbohydrates and poorly balanced ingredients. The fat builds up around the internal organs and can lead to health problems, such as heart attacks.

Is carp pox contagious to humans?

Koi herpesvirus (KHV) is a highly contagious virus that causes significant morbidity and mortality in common carp (Cyprinus carpio) varieties (Hedrick et al. 2000, Haenen et al. 2004).

Do pond fish get dropsy?

Dropsy often occurs as a secondary pond fish disease when the immune system has already been compromised so prevention is key. Place infected or new fish into an isolation tank with warm water (about 70-75ºF) with pond salt, MelaFix and vigorous aeration for treatment or prevention.

Why does a koi have a bulge in its belly?

The belly of a Koi may bulge due to a build up of tissue fluid around the abdomen area. This can be caused by an internal bacterial infection or the malfunctioning of the kidneys. Behaving like a fluid-filled balloon, the volume and pressure within the Koi can cause blood capillaries to become visible in the skin and the eyes to protrude.

What does it look like when a koi loses its eye?

It can look like air or fluid trapped inside or behind the eye causing it to bulge out of its socket. This koi shows similar symptoms to mine, with the koi’s eyes only appearing affected. All the fish in this pond were similar but in less than a week they made a full recovery.

What happens if a koi has a tumour?

A fish suffering from a tumour is not likely to become as obviously bloated as a dropsied Koi, and it is only likely to affect a localised area of the fish. A tumour is likely to manifest itself as a lump, and the swelling may appear to one side if the Koi is viewed directly from above.

Why does my Koi have a gas bubble?

Usually infected koi display similar symptoms like dropsy with haemorhaging. Gas Bubble Theory – Its possible that too much oxygen or nitrogen can bubble in the cells of a koi like a diver with the bends. Nutritional Deficiency – This is unlikely with modern koi food.

What are the symptoms of a koi disease?

Physical symptoms like red gills, cloudy or popped eyes, and swollen abdomen are used to correctly diagnose koi fish diseases. We have created this article and checklist guide to help you easily sort through the many koi diseases and their symptoms to answer the unfortunate question of “why are my koi fish dying?”

Why does my Koi float at the top of the pond?

If your koi floats at the top of the pond or rolled on its side (but not dead), then they have an excess of internal gas, usually from an over inflated swim bladder. This excess air means they are unable to completely submerge.

How big does a jumbo Koi have to be?

The definition of “Jumbo Koi” is actually quite vague. It has been misused or overused by many dealers in the industry. At Kodama Koi Farm, we define “Jumbo” as Koi that are at least 60cm or 24 inches long.

Why do my Koi have red spots on their backs?

If sunburn is the culprit you may see a red rash appear on these white or partially white fish and primarily on their backs. To remedy this or to test if it is the possible culprit, simply shade the pond from the sun.

What happens if you overfeed koi fish?

As we said at the beginning of the article, koi are very delicate creatures. It’s very easy to overfeed your koi, because it’s often the most interaction you’ll have with them. If you do, they’ll start looking a little bit tadpoles, with big bodies and whispy tail.

What does dropsy look like in koi?

Dropsy Koi Symptoms: Swelling or “bloated” bodily appearance. Swollen eyes and sockets (Advanced stage) Scales which look like pine cones (Advanced stage) Loss of swimming buoyancy.

Can you see flukes on fish?

Due to their small size they are hardly visible. Indeed it is sometimes said that “Flukes are to fish as fleas are to dogs”. Many aquarists treat for flukes on getting any new fish as a matter of routine.

How do I know if my koi has flukes?

You’ll know if you have koi flukes if you spot your koi hanging, flashing, producing excessive mucus or displaying other out of the ordinary behaviours. You can diagnose them correctly via a mucus biopsy under a microscope, if you suspect any of these characteristics.

What causes Dropsy in koi carp?

Dropsy in koi is usually caused by internal infections, leading to bodily swelling caused by the failure of organs, commonly the kidneys. Early symptoms include a slight bloated appearance, loss of buoyancy, lack of interest in feeding, and a tendency to hide (shyness).