CASE: Carp Pox and Flukes Resolved With Heat

CARP POX

Note:

Carp Pox should be differentiated from other viral and non viral eruptions with a microscope. In very cold water, there are strains of Ich which will coalesce into large gel-like globs instead of causing the dusting of white spots. Biopsy is important.

  • Carp Pox and certain cancers cannot be differentiated by pathologists in every case.
  • Carp Pox occurs in warm water [Georgia summers] with regularity, so it could be stated that warm water is a cure in some cases.

This fish came to me with Carp Pox and a horrible case of flukes. Fortunately there were no open sores, fin, tail or mouth rot that is commonly associated with the flukes.

Carp Pox and Flukes Resolved With Heat

Carp Pox and Flukes Resolved With Heat

Note the Carp Pox on the body. It shows as “pinkish” colored spots.

The fish came out of a cold pond that had a temperature of 55 degrees. The method of treatment was to warm the water up to 80 degrees. I have found that in treatment of other fish with Carp Pox that heat alone will cure it very nicely.

The hospital tank was set up and salt added to bring it to 0.3% salinity, which is always, my first step in treating any fish. A heater was added to the 25-gallon tank and set at 80 degrees. I then added 3 fluke tabs (PraziPro nowadays) that were pre-dissolved to the tank.

Carp Pox and Flukes Resolved With Heat

Carp Pox and Flukes Resolved With Heat


The above picture was taken just 4 days later. You can see the difference that just 4 days of heat made. By the end of 7 days the fish was completely healed of Carp Pox and no visible signs were left on the body. Also by the end of 7 days all fluke were gone after 2 treatments.

Carp Pox and Flukes Resolved With Heat

Carp Pox and Flukes Resolved With Heat

The major difference is that this fish had the pox all over its body. You can see how the spots look small and “pinkish” in color.

Carp Pox and Flukes Resolved With Heat and Salt

Also, Koi Salting is discussed in the following video.

 

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Dr Erik Johnson

Dr Erik Johnson is a Marietta, Georgia Veterinarian with a practice in small animal medicine. He graduated from University of Georgia with his Doctorate in 1991. Dr Johnson is the author of several texts on Koi and Pond Fish Health and Disease as well as numerous articles on dog and cat health topics.