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    reduced flashing after feeding

    Prior to feeding i am now pre soaking their pellet with some boiling water, tiny amount, this has certainly reduced the flashing after feeding, some pellets must be more granular / sharper than others once crushed by the koi and must irritate their gills hence the flashing, moistened pellet reduces this.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by smartin View Post
    Prior to feeding i am now pre soaking their pellet with some boiling water, tiny amount, this has certainly reduced the flashing after feeding, some pellets must be more granular / sharper than others once crushed by the koi and must irritate their gills hence the flashing, moistened pellet reduces this.....
    thats a great tip, one that can only come from an angler

    i blanch them in boiling water like when making a method mix, and ball it into a paste sometimes.
    then pinch off pieces to feed.
    the fish love chasing it through the water as it sinks...

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    Really worked well for my fish a few weeks back. I also added a honey glug.
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    I'm thinking of starting doing this as a few of mine are spitting food, although after a little while they stop and I can only imagine its due to the fact that they have had a PP and 3 100% doses of Fluke M and 2 of Fluke S in the past few weeks, so hoping its more the fact that they are getting over the irritation rather than flukes being present still.

    Strangely enough more fish are spitting food now than before the treatments, even my hoover of a Karashigoi is spitting every item when the pellets are dry, and usually that cleans up everything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by samp09 View Post
    I'm thinking of starting doing this as a few of mine are spitting food, although after a little while they stop and I can only imagine its due to the fact that they have had a PP and 3 100% doses of Fluke M and 2 of Fluke S in the past few weeks, so hoping its more the fact that they are getting over the irritation rather than flukes being present still.

    Strangely enough more fish are spitting food now than before the treatments, even my hoover of a Karashigoi is spitting every item when the pellets are dry, and usually that cleans up everything!
    Hi Sam,
    probably down to burnt / irritated gills from both the flukes and treatments.... moistened pellet will help as will salt baths for the worst effected, been adding honey as well but found this might actually irritate their gills as well being sticky so i dissolve the honey in boiling water first then add the pellet which soaks it up add softens at the same time...... how are your fish now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by davethefish1 View Post
    thats a great tip, one that can only come from an angler

    i blanch them in boiling water like when making a method mix, and ball it into a paste sometimes.
    then pinch off pieces to feed.
    the fish love chasing it through the water as it sinks...
    just like trout pellet
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    I've been soaking pellets in a small amount of orange juice before feeding.

    Mainly so I can get Spirulina powder to stick to them as a DIY colour boost.

    This softens them up well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twhitenosugar View Post
    I've been soaking pellets in a small amount of orange juice before feeding.

    Mainly so I can get Spirulina powder to stick to them as a DIY colour boost.

    This softens them up well.


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    or even ball the pellets into a paste and add the spirulina so it's all through the food and gets ingested.

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    I use a Preston innovations pellet pump, easy to do a handful at a time. Softens them and makes them sink. They proper mop them up.

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    I tried soaking them just now and I don't think any got spit, although the majority were around the corner out of view, but everything I did see went straight down the hatch so I think I will give them a few weeks of this and see if they are then ready for the normal pellets again. Thanks for the advice Steve! I do have some spirulina in the shed for this purpose too so could go down that route too although not sure I will need it with the SH colour food already the diet!

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