Sometimes you just wanna cry!

Sometimes you just wanna cry!

KoiDead

This fish may look great, but it’s dead.  Ouch!

Not a great loss, because we have thousands of Koi, but when you walk into the hatchery and one the best young males you have in the room, is dead in it’s tank, your heart sinks a little bit.   Rarely does a fish die in our hatchery where it’s not obvious why, but this one is a mystery.  It was doing very well the day before, had no marks on it, no sign of disease, nothing, nada, zilch…

We did a quick necropsy on it and again, not a hair out of place – no surprise in our super quarantined hatchery, but still something got it.   Did it get a piece of food lodged in the wrong place? Maybe a heart attack?  Can a fish have a stroke?  I don’t even know.  This was a fish we would not have sold right away.   We had a great pairing planned for it, and now it’s in the compost pile.   🙁

When you have as many fish as we do , you do not get attached to them personally, but any setback in your breeding program, leaves you in a bit of a funk for a few hours.  Personally, I’ll probably waste more than a little time thinking about how it might have happened, with little chance of ever knowing.   Sometimes, stuff just happens.

5 Comments

  1. If you didn’t feel the loss, you would not be breeding fish..

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  2. The color was amazing on that fish. Big loss! I have had a similar situation after feeding bloodworms to my koi. For some reason I will wake up the next day and see 1 dead fish. I never loose fish like this for any other reason. I have stopped bloodworms and have not seen the problem again. I did reintroduce bloodworms to challenge the hypothesis and I did loose another juvenile angel out of the 50 I fed. I don’t know why but it happened again.

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  3. That fish must have looked in a mirror…. it was drop dead gorgeous!
    If you make a mistake, at least you learn something. What a shame…. sorry Steve.

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  4. Wow, such a tragic loss. That is a beatifully colored specimen that would have produced gorgeous offspring.Even in your infinite wisdom of the angelfish species Steve your entitled a few mistakes, it’s what makes us human and better fish keepers. Chin up and keep on doing the tremendous work that you’re doing with angels plus.

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    • I certainly make my share of mistakes, but if I made one here, I have no idea what it was. 🙂

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