Thursday, June 14, 2007

Egg Bound Koi

I have a Koi which is about 10 years old. It has a dark swelling to its abdomen more noticeable to the right hand side of the fish. I've spoken to my local fish supplier who thinks that the fish could be egg bound. Could you suggest how the fish could be treated. Egg stripping was suggested? -Reg

Egg stripping is a preventative measure to keep a Koi from getting egg bound. When a female Koi grows eggs inside of her body, they either have to be expelled while mating or be re-absorbed. Sometimes the re-absorption of the eggs doesn't go so well and a female Koi will get "Egg Bound". Once a Koi gets egg bound, the only treatment is surgery to remove the tumor that grows from the impacted eggs. Contact a local veterinarian that specializes in Koi health and plan a course of action.

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