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    Sansai adreamer2's Avatar
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    Frogs in the Pond....

    Last year, I bought frog tadpoles... These creatures were huge...

    "Mr. Slithers" tried coming to the pond and eating one of them and he must've choked because he spit it out half swallowed.... When I found it, it was partially gray... The rest of it was just as green as the ones that were alive...

    About 3 months passed and they began morphing into real frogs... What a fascinating time to notice!! Because it was as if I was watching legs and arms form from a single tail that became absorbed by their bodies...

    When they finally became full fledged frogs, they migrated to my 120 gallon pond....

    There I noticed 3 frogs that had these tiny bugs around them..... They were what became known to me as "Costia".... Something that I learned was detrimental to the bodies of my koi....

    I immediately treated the frogs and the water with formalin.... (I believe it was formalin) and it didn't take a day for them to decimate....

    I was in my pond 2 days ago..... and I noticed a single giant tadpole...... My thoughts were: "woah"!!!

    Costia is a tiny bug that sucks off the skin of koi.... It is very noticeable... On the koi, you may notice red or white lesions.... A koi may even isolate itself or be seen scratching against a stone in an attempt to dislodge the creature....

    However, none of my koi experienced costia as my frogs migrated to another pond.... Again, it was there, that the costia was found floating in the water.... As soon as I came near, I noticed as they withdrew.... the shape of them showed me that they were indeed costia....

    Frogs are the carrier....



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    umm...dreamer....costia is microscopic. It is even hard to see on microscopy, except under high power. What you saw in your water was 100% NOT costia. It was probably some type of water bug...daphnia or something. Trust me...you dont want costia!!

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    You know what?.... I think you're right....


    These little creatures had about 6-8 legs... and they were brown.... I don't know why "costia" came to mind, these things were easy to see with the naked eye..... For the life of me, I cannot remember the name of it....

    but, you're right, it was not costia....

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    I received a magazine today called "Koi Magazine"... From Britain....

    Beleive it or not... The name of the bug is called "Argulus"....

    I remember it now....

    These little creatures are very noticeable and are brought on by frogs....

    Watch out, guys!!!


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    I've never seen Argulus swimming around.

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    Interesting!!!... I would imagine a knowledgeable fellow like yourself would have come upon many strange things with regards to koi .....

    Here's what they look like....

    http://www.tamut.edu/~allard/Biology/photos/argulus.htm


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    Yep

    Although what you saw were in fact probably fish lice (argulus), Costia (not visible to the naked eye) can also be carried by frogs. Both do harm to Koi and should be avoided.

    Steve

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    Most assuredly!!!.....


    When those taddies morphed, I was in awe.... But, like I said, I have one large tadpole that will morph this year when the weather breaks... and it will turn frog...

    So, I'm trying to keep my eyes open and make sure it doesn't bring those bugs out....


    Just a warning to anyone who wants tadpoles or frogs....

    Yeah it's a spring thing... to want to see these creatures in your pond.... But, Woah man!!!!

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    Frogs in the Pond

    Not only that, but large frogs can and WILL eat small (up to about 6 inches long) koi. I have lost several good small koi that way. I get large leopard frogs in my pond. They just show up. Any large frog I see in the pond gets hunted down and road-tripped to a distant wild pond. S. Stone

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