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PostSubject: Parasites can only be present with a host?   Parasites can only be present with a host? Icon_minitimeWed Nov 03, 2010 12:51 pm

I read this on the Koi4u web page hope it's ok to have cut and past it here. It was in the pond building section. The Billing family pond.
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Now we wait for the goodies to settle in. We will wait a week at this specific temperature to ensure that any parasites present will perish in the absence of a host. After a week the fish will be added.

So if I understand this, paracites can only be present if there is a host which would be the koi if there is no koi no paracites at all.

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PostSubject: Re: Parasites can only be present with a host?   Parasites can only be present with a host? Icon_minitimeWed Nov 03, 2010 5:07 pm

Shawn,

Most parasites have a life cycle that one must understand.

This cycle is dependent on temperature and can be a few days to many weeks.

If there are no fish present when parasites hatch they will perish depending on temperature and time.

Some parasites like fish lice have such a long cycle that it will be difficult to eradicate them by just taking the fish out, but it is a very obvious thing and anyone will be crazy to use activated sludge from a pond with an anchor worm or fish lice infection

It is also suspected that some parasites (like costia) can encyst if there are no hosts and can remain dormant for a very long time.

Anyway the technique that I describe is a valuable technique and I have not experienced problems.

Like doc Johnson said "Parasites are not a disease" and can be treated very easily

He recently made a video on KOI BEGINNER about this subject. You may find it usefull. http://www.koibeginner.com/video_bioseeding_koi_ponds_cycle.html


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Thank you so much for the reply. Also the koi4u web site is so awesome. There is everything on there thanks so much for that.
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Hi Shawn

What I specifically like about the koi4u website is that Pieter has researched many of the articles himself and it is not just some or other person,s opinion. I also make use of it often.

I can promise you it is going to grow into a worldwide information piece.
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