I would'nt describe it as bright red, just a rusty colour.
i will go to my local fish shop first thing and get some treatment to try and rectify the fin problems, the fish are not bloated, they just dont look quite right, in saying that they have been up tonight feeding away not seeming to bothered.
I will take your advice if the fish become any worse and humanely put them out of there misery.
I will also clean as described and purchase a bigger pump and filter, as you say, a seperate pump and filter would be over kill for such a small pond.
As soon as i test the water tomorrow i will post the results up and would be grateful for any help, this is the first pond i have setup and i am feeling quite a failure at this moment in time
The weed in there at the moment is just pond weed bought from a garden center, are the any type of vegitation you could recommend?
Again thank you all for you help, i'm sure i'll be speaking to you again soon.
fishy wrote: this is the first pond i have setup and i am feeling quite a failure at this moment in time
Please don't as at least you have joined a forum to help you out so that is good isn't it plus a lot of fish keepers start out the wrong way but learn as they go along so you are not alone in that ok as for the split fins you could try some melafix for ponds and see if that helps
I suppose your right, cheers for the support! No none of the fish look like that at present, i will go get some melafix this morning, and fingers and toes crossed, the remaining fish will be ok. I will post up the results of the water test once complete. Thanks Again.