and Documentary by Bonnie E. Hale
Lucky came in with a break in his tail. The
first night here he was sucked to the pump.
The next morning he was found to have a big
red colored bulge on his side. The picture
was taken on Aug. 12th
A week later and the real damage was
evident. Using small scissors, I carefully
cut away the flap of dead tissue. His
appetite was good and he was getting along
good with the other fish so I left him in
the main tank. I did add .3 salt to the
This picture shows
the full extent of the damage the fish
suffered once the flap of skin was removed.
On the advice of Erik Johnson DMV, author of
Koi Health and Disease, I did nothing but
maintain pristine water conditions and salt.
The fish continued to make good progress. I
was very tempted to do euthanasia on him
once I saw how bad the fish actually was.
months later all that remains is a small
bruise where there was once a big gapping
hole. I am confident that he will continue
to make good progress.
This is Lucky
swimming for his picture one year later. You
can see the slight indentation just behind
the left pectoral fin where he was sucked to
the pump and the knot where there is a break
in the tail on the rear left side.
Sadly Lucky passed away on Christmas Eve
2005. I along with the other fish will miss
him. But he lives on in the beautiful
babies we kept the last year he spawned with