Newsletter Dec 2019


Hi Folks, Just a Few Quick Highlights.

I’m angry, that in order to have anything to say, vendors and organizations have to treat everything like an epidemic. I got a newsletter with the topic “Keeping Up With Pet Food Recalls” as if this was a “Big Thing” and we were in a hail storm of recalls and pet food disasters. So much hysteria.

In this “Issue” I am going to introduce you to a couple issues and if you’re interested you can jump over to the web site to learn more, but HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS I THINK ARE REALLY IMPORTANT:

The Dilative Cardiomyopathy (DCM) from the food “thing” is real, but not really huge.

They’ve figured out that “grain free” diets based on Peas and Lentils are scouring Taurine from the digestive system of dogs. If you’re feeding a Peas and Lentils diet WITH grains, you’re okay. If you’re feeding grain free WITHOUT Peas and Lentils you’re good. But if you feed Peas and Lentils you need to have GRAIN (rice) or added Taurine to balance that out.  (Click To See What Has On This Issue)

Nevermind all that, Doc. I don’t have time for all that.

What do you feed Ajax? (Click here)

My Dog Is Itchy What Should I Do?

We’re having ridiculously good luck with Cytopoint injection. It’s safe and works great. If you’re using steroids or Apoquel, you really need to discover Cytopoint and ask your vet. It’s a vaccine against one of the enzymes that help create inflammation in the skin. Without that enzyme, redness and itching can’t occur. Case reviews presented.

I Found a Pump To Push My Whole Fish Room (And All The Tanks At Home, Too)

I did an illustrated review of a BIG quiet airpump I love more than my former, Gast regenerative Blower. So much quieter and so much more air output. The Aquascape Pro 60 blower.

Do You Want To Be More Findable, You Pond Installers? Koi Clubs?

In 2020 my web site will be blowing up with people needing help with sick fish and I can put you in front of those people for nothing. No charge. Nada. You can sign up and I’ll list you. No strings attached. Well, maybe a backlink. Here’s the FORM (Club Listing) (Installer Listing) (Link Exchange to Boost Your Website)

I Can’t Get Clout – What Replaces That Now?

Yeahhhhh they pulled Clout off the market.
So what now? Well, two protocols are good. 

For big parasites like Fish Lice and Anchor Worm I like the CyroPro and the one from Microbe lift.
Then to replace CLOUT –  I like:
A combination of API’s “General Cure” plus 0.3% Salt. (How That Combination Works)
Microbe Lift’s BSDT (Formalin Malachite) and there are several other effective brands. (How to Use BSDT Instead of Clout)

Everyone Needs to Know About Bio Seeding

So if you’re having a disease outbreak and you have to move fish to quarantine or you’re buying fish and need a fast quarantine, or your system is new and not “broken in” you can “borrow” beneficial germs from a donor system. Hopefully, a healthy on at equilibrium. There are some drawbacks discussed. I’ve even borrowed germs from my local pet shop. I am of the opinion that SOMETIMES, pet shop germs are better than no germs at all!  (Bioseeding Video)

If You’re Not Replacing Water Instead of Changing It – LISTEN UP

Trickle Systems are where it’s at. It’s running a dribble of water ALL THE TIME – and it makes fish bulletproof. I documented the whole thing from what it is, how to do it, the gear you need and even did the math on the Chlorine “thing” people worry about unnecessarily. There’s one article, that has a “See also” so be sure to look at the second one, too.
(Trickle Systems)

I don’t reach out much. But when I do I try and make it matter.

Look at this sponge filter. Click this link. You should find one of Amazon’s BEST typos. It’s a sponge filter for 250 gallon tanks. This sponge filter is the filter I’m using in ALL my tanks, even down to 30 gallons. They’re amazing. And they sell from $25 to $45 depending on how proud the vendor is. Then, THIS guy selling them for $9.99
Something’s wrong with that. So I ORDERED AND RECEIVED 15 of them. And, I continue to order 3 a week. It’s legit.

Thank you for your kind attention!

Doc Johnson 

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This is The LCD Screen Scope
We Did The Tutorial With. I did a twenty page tutorial (Here's the tutorial) with video, audio, images and even little parasite movies to show you how to use a microscope. 

This Filter is Good For BIG Dirty Tanks
I've been wrestling with water quality with the turtles. The sponges work GREAT, but in THOSE turtle systems where they eat MICE the poops are bulky. This filter can handle it. In "Tortu's" tank, it's got an 800 gph pump and it rocks. 

PraziPro for Flukes
They nailed it. Figured out the solubility and worked out the dosing. It works. 

Buy Some Good Koi?
No, this isn't really for the 'high end' collector y'all. But for someone who isn't near a decent garden center, here are "good-to-quite-good" Koi you will like at a very good price. I know these guys personally.

Best Food, Ever
It's made for (and I discovered it for) my Blood Parrots but the small size, intense color enhancers and excellent formulation make it superb young-Koi food. Oh, and it's AMAZING on color-cichlids like Flowerhorn and Blood Parrots. 

Pro Air 60 Aerator is a VERY high output air pump pushing my whole fish room (17+ drops), and I have one at home driving everything there, and I have one as a back up. 

Formalin Malachite (Not dilute)
There are formalin malachite preparations at 10%, 22% and 37%. There's economy in the concentrates. Hard to get Prime shipping because air transport is curtailed. This is a good value on 32 ounces. 

Topical For Koi and Pond Fish Ulcers
I like 7% tincture of iodine because it stains but it's hard to hurt anything with it. Used with a WOVEN gauze, this works well to clean and disinfect a wound. Only use ONCE. Do not 'repeatedly' scrub wounds. 

Confectioner's Glaze 
Is the way to bind a medication to fish food. Gone are the days of paste food and oil. The write up is done, it's RIGHT HERE.

Koi Health & Disease
Hopefully this link takes you to the newest edition by PRIME to get it to your house the fastest. 

I have over ten of these Titanium Heaters in my fish room and at home. They're a paradigm shift in aquarium heating. They're titanium and 400W for under $30! Whaaaaaaaaat?

CyroPro by Hikari is safe and easy for Anchor Worms and Fish Lice.

Whatever heaters you use, back yourself up with a temperature controller, it'll turn on, and off your heaters. If your heater seizes "on" at least the thermostat will stop a tragedy. 

LifeGuard by Tetra is a tablet version of a tame 'chloramine-t' or 'halamid' compound that's easy to get and good on bacterial infections, in baths. 

If you're making medicated feed for a larger group of fish, this will come in handy. Dosing is available in the site. 

For me, filtration-of-choice
For aquariums, even small Koi holding facilities or small ponds. These sponge filters are cheap, easy to clean, and they clear hazes very well when used with some Accuclear or similar.

Rubber sided, round, nettable tanks
Make great hospital or quarantine facilities. They SHOULD cost about $200-300 depending on size, but this, lower quality unit (while panned in some reviews) may be good. Don't overfill and make sure it's propped up.

1200 Watt heater, on a thermostat held securely above the waterline, works GREAT as a large tank heater. That's all I'll say because there's risk of electrocution and all that. But then, even in a bucket you could get killed. Sound like fun?
I have several of these ALLIED PRECISION stainless ones that are a couple years old. Working still. 

Potassium Permanganate 
500 grams could be a lifetime supply but it's 50% more than the 100g cost wise, for 500% more amount. Dosing is in the site and the book.

What Does Ajax Eat?
I looked for something well formulated, with meat as the first ingredient. Something UNDER $2/lb and something they could deliver for free. And this was it. He looks and feels great on it.