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 

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.