HEY!! :D I've been thinking about you recently as a friend of mine just got rats, and they are so cute! I'm glad to hear the ich cleared up. I was a bit worried about that. Re-digging a pond doesn't sound like much fun. I honestly have no clue how to prevent the dirt from warping the plastic. I hope you can show us some pictures when it's all done!! Great to hear from you! :D
Hi KoiMaiden - I'm back after a huge hiatus! Just wanted to update you on my goldies, since you have helped me so much with them. :) We pulled them into a 140 litre plastic tub in the garage for the winter, where they have totally recovered from ich. The shubunkins have doubled in size, though still aren't even close to Fishy's majesty. I want to put them back in the pond, once I've cleaned it, but my mum wants to redig it, as the dirt at the back is warping the plastic. Unfortunately, I also have to re-build the filter, as it is leaking. Ho hum! Still, can't wait. It's getting very warm here, so the pond should be perfect now!
I am jealous of your beach - tis freezing here!
We ended up having to pull all the fish in as the water has vanished from the pond. We aren't sure why - we can't see any leaks and it doesn't appear to be a problem with the pump or filter. All three of them are in a 140 litre tub in the garage. It is still a bit cold in there, but at least I can heat it more easily.
Not really. The biggest thing we have for him is a 5 gallon bucket with no filter, or at best a filter for 15 gallons, and because of his length, he can barely even turn around in it. I think the only thing I can do is get some more salt and keep on treating him, doing water changes etc and generally treating it like a really cold, big tank.
It's good that it's only on his tail and not spreading, right? *is hopeful*
:( I really hope they can pull through. I don't blame you for not wanting to wait. Is there any way you could pull the affected fish inside and treat them there? And then treat the entire pond next summer?
Luckily, it doesn't seem to spreading. It's only on his tail, and the dots are very small and, so far, few in number. The temperature was about 48F at 7:15 this morning (about half an hour after sunrise).
I didn't have as much salt as I thought, but I added what I had (about 20 tsps). I premixed it in 2.5 gallons warm water with Melafix (seemed to help last time) and Seachem Safe, and added it using a ladle over about 25 minutes so that I didn't change the temperature too much. It was also raining at the same time, so there was an influx of cold water. I'll have to see if I can get some more salt, but I'm so broke at the moment due to vet bills! Le sigh. It never rains but it pours, as they say.
For their sake, I can't wait til summer. :p Not too keen on it personally (heat + graduation, blegh), but it will be nice to see them actually enjoying being in the pond. Right now I'm feeling massively guilty for putting him in.
Ich in a pond in winter is bad news. :( You can't hit them with hard meds like copper because the fish's systems are stressed from winter. Just how cold is the water? Is it spreading fast? I've heard of people using 2lb salt per 100 gal to treat it. You could try that and slowly raise the concentration and see if that will help. It might kill the plants, but goldfish are very salt-tolerant.
All my fishies are well! Now I want to get yours better!!