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    Sun baked poorly koi

    Hi guys, my favourite koi mellow got himself stuck on our pond cover in the sun on Saturday. Not sure how long he was out for but I got him back in and he was still alive. Other fish started eating him alive so I separated him in the pond. He was doing well so I let him back in with the others yesterday and this morning I can see he has been eaten again and is covered in algae (assume from where he is laying low at the bottom). I have separated him again, but I donít know how to help him? Has anyone experienced this before? Any tips on how to help him?



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    Oh dear, sorry to hear about that I have not experienced that before, hopefully somebody will be along soon who can advise... do you have a quarantine tank or large examination bowl you can blow air into with a stone, or is that how you have separated him ?? and then treat the wounds with Tamodine ??

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    I am not an expert so hopefully someone else will be along to advise, but I would probably look to keep this fish in a separate tank if you have it and treat with salt and acriflavine. The koi will no doubt have lots of burns from the sun so will need the skin to heal and will be weak for a little while at least. I would also put the tank in the shade if possible away from direct sun.

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    Thanks all. I have put him in a tank in my kitchen with filtration and air etc to separate him. I sent photos to a local koi specialist who has sold me blue meth which he is now happily swimming around in. I quite like having him in my kitchen! He said the algae is sticking to his burns from the sun, so this will help it heal apparently. Fingers crossed 🤞

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    Hi

    I don't think algae sticking to or growing on a fish is a good sign - algae usually grows on a damaged area when there is a secondary fungus infection and the fishes protective slime has gone. To promote more slime I would suggest you salt bath the koi and maybe rig a net or plastic box with holes drilled in it to allow water to flow through in the pond to keep him in the main pond as water parameters in a tank with a koi will be difficult to maintain. Bad water quality will only add to the fishes other issues. I would suggest the fish will come back strong after a few days of salt baths and being kept in a quite corner of the pond - i wouldn't bother trying to feed the fish while it's in a safe area.

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    Thanks KevT. The separate tank is to do the meth blue treatment which I canít do in the main pond. The aquatic store said the same that the algae is sticking to his damaged areas. How do I do a salt bath, is it just normal salt in water in a little tub?

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