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by Manky Sanke
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Koi Ultra Zone and General koi Health
Topic: Persistent costia. Is ICC the answer?
Replies: 3
Views: 10820

Re: Persistent costia. Is ICC the answer?

This is Duncan's area of expertise but he is often too busy to look in here as often as he would like so I've just emailed him to pop in and answer your question.
by Manky Sanke
Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Koi Ultra Zone and General koi Health
Topic: Wound Kit
Replies: 3
Views: 3347

Re: Wound Kit

No problem Dave, Duncan doesn't normally ignore people who email him so I guessed you might have been using his old address.
by Manky Sanke
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Koi Ultra Zone and General koi Health
Topic: Wound Kit
Replies: 3
Views: 3347

Re: Wound Kit

Did you use his new email address? I never put email addresses on open forums where they can be harvest by spam robots but you can contact him via his new address on this page:
http://www.koiquest.co.uk/
by Manky Sanke
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Koi Ultra Zone and General koi Health
Topic: Urgent help needed
Replies: 2
Views: 3046

Re: Urgent help needed

As an afterthought, while I don't normally recommend adding anything until you've first verified that the water parameters are within acceptable limits, since it may take time while you take these or get help in taking them, with very soft water, you may have had a pH crash so it would do no harm to...
by Manky Sanke
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Koi Ultra Zone and General koi Health
Topic: Urgent help needed
Replies: 2
Views: 3046

Re: Urgent help needed

Whenever I'm asked to diagnose a problem or explain unusual behaviour I invariably give this advice: Water parameters are the first thing to check because bad parameters can cause health problems directly or weaken the immune system so that a fish succumbs to a parasite or pathogen it could otherwis...
by Manky Sanke
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: chit chat or small talk
Topic: Dementia care home
Replies: 1
Views: 18307

Re: Dementia care home

Daisy, You may have misunderstood what the chit chat section of this forum is for. Koi keepers who normally post in the other sections don't have to clutter those sections up with any non-koi keeping subjects they wish to discuss. They are free to start a discussion in this section where other membe...
by Manky Sanke
Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Pond Construction and Pond Gizmo's And DIY bits and pieces
Topic: Anoxic filtration
Replies: 38
Views: 106975

Re: Anoxic filtration

The nitrite isn't being made by the anoxic baskets. Conventional nitrifying (nitrogen cycle) bugs are prolific in nature so there are ammonia bugs (nitrosomonas) which have already taken up residence on any wet surface in your pond. These will have begun to convert ammonia to nitrite which is what y...
by Manky Sanke
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Pond Construction and Pond Gizmo's And DIY bits and pieces
Topic: Anoxic filtration
Replies: 38
Views: 106975

Re: Anoxic filtration

As it matures, the anoxic system doesn't go through "new pond syndrome" with an ammonia spike followed by a nitrite spike because the two bacteria involved in that process (nitrosomonas and nitrobacter) are obligate aerobes which means that they can't live without an oxygen level of at lea...
by Manky Sanke
Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Pond Construction and Pond Gizmo's And DIY bits and pieces
Topic: Anoxic filtration
Replies: 38
Views: 106975

Re: Anoxic filtration

Have you read my anoxic article on the link I gave? It gives all the information you would need to build an anoxic system including an explanation of exactly what happens to ammonia.
by Manky Sanke
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Pond Construction and Pond Gizmo's And DIY bits and pieces
Topic: Anoxic filtration
Replies: 38
Views: 106975

Re: Anoxic filtration

In all the years I've been promoting anoxic filtration, I can't remember anyone ever asking that question before but, yes, you can fishless cycle an anoxic pond. I've written up how to fishless cycle conventional media for my website on the link below but, with a bit of thought, you can adapt that p...
by Manky Sanke
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Pond Construction and Pond Gizmo's And DIY bits and pieces
Topic: Cleaning fibre glass
Replies: 1
Views: 10254

Re: Cleaning fibre glass

Excuse the delay Geoff, just got back from America.

What are you trying to clean off of the fibre glass algae or lime scale stains?
by Manky Sanke
Sat May 19, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Pond Construction and Pond Gizmo's And DIY bits and pieces
Topic: dechlorinators
Replies: 1
Views: 10259

Re: dechlorinators

There is a great variability with different types of activated carbon so, with cartridge filters you pretty much get what you pay for Richard. The cheaper units tend to use cheap activated carbon in their cartridges and the flow rate through them for complete dechlorination tends to be very slow. I ...
by Manky Sanke
Mon May 07, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Pond Construction and Pond Gizmo's And DIY bits and pieces
Topic: Is it safe to use Bitumen in my pond
Replies: 2
Views: 11399

Re: Is it safe to use Bitumen in my pond

The short answer is, yes, any leaching from bitumen based sealants will be toxic and they certainly shouldn't be used in a koi pond. You can paint the cement with a waterproof pond paint such as G4 if you wish but, if the cement line is of normal thickness and above water so that it only gets wet fr...
by Manky Sanke
Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Pond Construction and Pond Gizmo's And DIY bits and pieces
Topic: Flow through anoxic pond
Replies: 2
Views: 12482

Re: Flow through anoxic pond

The serpentine path you propose is interesting but, although I've never conducted trails that aren't "in at one end and out the other" my gut feeling is that it won't make any significant difference. The water in the last drawing will make its way from the input to the output at a leisurel...
by Manky Sanke
Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Koi Ultra Zone and General koi Health
Topic: dead fish
Replies: 3
Views: 3328

Re: dead fish

They could certainly die of suffocation overnight or indeed even quicker. Think about it in human terms, if a group of people were shut in a room with little or no ventilation, how long they could survive without suffocating would depend on the size of the room and how many people in it. With only a...