Trip to Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery @ Zokomo

I went to Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery this spring to give a seminar for the folks at Garden State Koi –  it was a LOT of fun. I put the notes on here somewhere. 

There was a guy there named Andrew Hedman and he shot a bunch of video and pieced it together into a tour of Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery and it’s a good video. Pretty much captures the meat-and-potatoes of that visit. 

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Bigger Batch Issues w/ Medicated Food

Making a big batch is a little bit more difficult because mixing the confectioners glaze/medicine mix have to be done evenly so it really kind of takes two people. One person to drizzle and one person to stir.

*Note: this document is intended to convey “how I do it“ and has nothing to do with recommendations, prescriptions, or instructions to you. If you think so, you are mistaken.

This batch called for roughly 700 mg of medicine per pound of food based on a 3% feeding rate and I put in 1500 total. It’s 2 pounds of food. If I had it to do over again, I would have made this with 2000 mg to account for some of the loss of medication during the crushing process.

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How and What To Use To Make a Medicated Food For Fish Part 4

How and What To Use To Make a Medicated Food For Fish Part 4

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Now you know a new way to bind medicine to Koi and goldfish pellets in order to get medicines into the fish orally. It’s pineapple flavored, safe, easy to make and not oily. You don’t have to make paste foods, and the food stores well. The fish take it very well, it can be made on a base-pellet of your choosing and it’s very flexible limited only by what you can obtain to mix in it.

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New Way to Make Medicated Feed For NON-Food Fish (Part 2)

New Way to Make Medicated Feed For NON-Food Fish

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So now we can take advantage of all the legal workarounds available to us by choosing especially privileged vets (the ones somehow above the regulatory restrictions that brick-and-mortar vets face), and “pet” pharmacies with enough lee-way to sell is what we want without regulation.

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New Way to Make Medicated Feed For NON-Food Fish

New Way to Make Medicated Feed For NON-Food Fish

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FDA has downregulated medicated food to be available only by prescription. The manufactured food “of choice” is made with “Aquaflor” which is Florfenicol. It’s good, but the only Vet that can legitimately prescribe it will have been directly-and-in-person to your pond.

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1 MICROSCOPY – Tutorial

1) Microscopy Tutorial | NEXT>   Tutorial Contents Unboxing the Scope The Optics (Magnifiers)  The Screen on the Scope The Stage & Its Adjustment All About Lighting and Adjustment Adjusting the Lighting and Focus Using Practice Slides to Focus  Sample Collection (Several Methods) Skin Biopsy Gill Biopsy One Gill Biopsy Two Intestinal Snip for Worms … Read more

Necropsy Video

Necropsy Video – Necropsy, Biopsy, Injection and More This is an old video, but cutting off a fishes’ head isn’t something that goes out of style. The techniques demonstrated are gross. And not everyone does these things the same way. All fish involved in the video were DEEPLY if not TERMINALLY anesthetized. For example, the … Read more