Just a update both fish still doing fine and test for ammonia showing yellow colour which if I read the tetra test right is ok.Still don’t know what killed the two poor little fish ..could well have been ammonia and the pond prime had sorted the issue by the time the ammonia test was done? Just glad the two are ok and we did not lose all four.Parents want to get two more baby carp as a gift but I think I'll just stick to the remaining two ..as they seem to be doing well :)
I think I might have found the issue.. my sister reminded me that in the old pond they had a stone bridge the fish liked to hide under. She suggested maybe the fish died of stress due to having nowhere to hide.Also this new pond is right by the kitchen so more general activity than the old pond at the bottom of the garden. So maybe the shelter was important? Sure enough I have set the remaining two up with a cover over a quarter of the pond and they were in there right away. A few days have passed and all still seems ok. Swimming round before returning to shelter. Pond has a combination of of pond prime/aqua safe and medifin. Hopefully all will continue to be well. :)
Edit.. The photos did not load so reposting - the test strip has dried but hopefully gives an idea (taken about 30 mins ago)
We lost the little orange carp yesterday.. started rolling on his back and side just before lunch and was gone and buried by 5pm. Got the remaining two out and did a complete empty and clean of the pond. If I'm reading it right the test strips are showing water is OK?
Only the test strips have arrived.. still waiting for the other treatment.
The little fish was found dead this morning poor thing..will be filling in where the old pond was later and he will be going there. All seems ok with the other fish.. still not in a hurry for their food though.
Thanks for the reply sadly the little fish is nearly gone.Gulping but seems to be losing his orange colour and barely moving.I don't think it's the water as all the fish really have seemed ok till this afternoon and this seems to have happened and killed him in less than half a day.As said above only thing different this week is the youngsters did not scamper to their food as they did in the old pond but I was not worried as they were active and the food was soon gone.
I will try a water replacement tomorrow and the pump/filter was added tonight.I expect the poor thing to be gone by morning and it's about saving the other fish now.
Hi I recently upgraded to a new pond for our fish and added medifin and tetra aquasafe to offset any issues that may arise due to the move. All seemed well but just less than a week after the pond move (last Sunday) and one of the fish really does seem in trouble. There are four carp three small youngsters we got last August and one older carp 11 years old. It's one of the youngsters that is in trouble. He keeps rolling on his back and is swimming past and even through the food I put out- no interest. Seems to be gulping as if eager for food but I'm guessing he is gulping trying to breathe? The other fish seem ok but I do wonder.. the food I put out has gone each time I put it in the pond. Yet they have not rushed to their food at all this week.. I have a pump and filter ready to go in there ASAP (family emergency prevented me putting it in sooner) but is there anything else I can do to help?
Re: Advice needed about 3 tiny young carp sharing pond with 13 year old carp-feeding problem
Well I tried your good idea Fishlady and I could see our older fish feeding with the youngsters - but the youngsters are so much faster scampering around the pond. What I found was the pond sticks all end up moving with the water movement so the young ones are finding the food set apart.
I think our older fish is feeding but I'm still concerned he is not getting enough food. It's not helping that I can only see what is going on from our upstairs window because the older fish does not come up if anyone is near the pond. The older fish really does seem fine and well so maybe I worry unnecessarily? 🙂