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Old 30-07-2013, 08:26 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Not shore what the marks could be then as it is a good grade koi. But from the picture it looks to be a yamabuki ogon.
thanks for the identification. Yes i think its as another member called 'shimmies' if poor water qaulity is a factor the fish has had them since i bought it from the store, how easy is it to get rid of them? what lenghths should i go to to insure i dont get them agian?
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Shimmies are not "treatable"as an illness or parasite,they are an enigma in most koi keepers ponds.There are countless theories on the cause and cures but no one knows for sure.
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Shimmies are not "treatable"as an illness or parasite,they are an enigma in most koi keepers ponds.There are countless theories on the cause and cures but no one knows for sure.

thanks, so i guess just to keep it and see how it goes! just a beautyfull fish and to see so many shimmies on it sort of ruins it for me atleast
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In very expensive koi. Shimmies can be removed. But that would be a surgical procedure. And not something done on smaller fish.

If the koi had it when you got it, something for you to look for next time you buy some.
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Always try to keep your water parameters constant and clean your filters on a regular basis, according to the amount you feed.
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In very expensive koi. Shimmies can be removed. But that would be a surgical procedure. And not something done on smaller fish.

If the koi had it when you got it, something for you to look for next time you buy some.
yes well as ive said very new to Koi this fish was from my first three fish, you learn from your mistakes i guess.
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Shimmies are just colour pigments of the skin. Even with perect water you can get shimmies. Most noticeable on kohaku.

A constant high PH is the closest linked cause to shimmies.

Not something you should think about rubbing off or attempting to remove yourself. If it was just one spot on a show winning koi then maybe something could be done (although not sure if this is classed as surgical alteration and cheating at shows).

but with that koi and the number it has, nothing can be done.

It's not contagious and not caused by infection or parasites, it's just one of these things that usually happens to our best koi (Koi Law).
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