Q: I found what looks like a sore on my koi. What should I do? Could this of happened over winter? – Fred in Kentucky
A: As we close in on spring and the ice melts off of our water gardens, our koi start to become lively again. This is a very crucial time for koi. When koi begin to awaken from their winter dormancy, they can show signs of weakness. This is because during the winter, not only do their metabolisms slow down, but also their immune systems can be affected.
As the temperatures outside begin to rise above 40ºF begin a Spring/Summer Prep bacterial application, like Seasonal Defense®, and start to feed them Spring and Fall Fish Food. Keep an eye on the koi for any signs of excess slime, sores or lesions. Weakened fish are much more susceptible to bacterial and parasitic infections when the temps are just beginning to rise.
Here are few products to use if your koi happen to be sick:
- If you spot a sore or lesion use MelaFix.
- If you see white spots (ich) use KnockOut™ Plus or Ich-Out™.
- If you see any visible parasites like anchor worm, fish lice or gill mites use Microbe-Lift® Lick & Anchor Worm.
Using the products mentioned above you can be assured your fish will be lively again in no time. To help prevent koi sickness during the early spring, be proactive and ensure your koi are healthy in the fall time.
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