Feb 25, 2010, 2:57 PM
Post #32 of 37
Re: [st8800] Very high nitrite
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What is most valuable in this is sharing different experiences (that go beyond opinion and into facts) is for other readers who may be lurking to learn along with us as we share. Some "bottled bugs" are truly a waste of money while others do have their place. Where a hobbyist may be located and changes in what dealers carry can change the game on us as to what is available (if anything) that has value. The only branded products I'm familiar with that I can vouch for are "Koizyme" and "Lymnozyme", which are widely used in fisheries to reduce aeromonas/pseudomonas by out-competing them for food. They are mfg. by Keeton Industries who also market several other branded products that may or may not be available in different parts of the world, so we are all riding in our own boats
One other important thing to learn from this thread (for all readers) is the problems we can encounter with "shotgun" approaches to treating ponds. Before using PP there were 2 previous treatments with pond-wide medications. These also add to the chemical soup contained not only in the water, but in the blood stream of the Koi as well. Too many things thrown at them in a short period can overwhelm their bodies ability to cope and all of them add stress to come degree. These are important considerations when treating a pond.
What is the first thing that is missing from this conversation that has yet to be mentioned?
Scrape, Scope, Identify, Treat.
If the flashing Koi are first captured, scraped, scoped, and the source of the flashing identified, they can then be treated for the one thing causing the problem with a single product designed for that purpose. Much money is saved, the Koi are less stressed, the pond is more stable, and the problems are solved more quickly.
JR and Don (KoiCop) are both long time members at Koi Bito and contribute much to the conversations there JR is so well studied that it is difficult to measure, and Don has compiled one of the most impressive compendiums of Koi knowledge by gleaning information from the worlds top hobbyists that it boggles the mind. I just act like a sponge and soak up everything I can I've been "sponging" information from people like Mohan, David, DTTK, DTBH, GCSpyder, etc... right here on this forum for many years as well.
I'm no expert I just hang out with as many of them as I can