March 20th Utsee has fully recovered and is back in the
main pond swimming with her friends.
And here is Utsee! The very last
dime-sized of red is all gone now. It
was a long haul but she is doing great. The
Black is like coal and white is like fresh
fallen snow. We have 2 beautiful baby
Shiro Utsuri's from her spawn on May 23rd
that we plan to keep. The netting that you
see is to keep the Kingfishers from stealing
our fish. It covers the whole pond and keeps
the fish safe. The complete story and
pictures can be found below.
Utsee is a 4 pound, 20 inch female
Shiro Utsuri that developed sepsis around the middle of March. I did
several injections. Nuflor, Baytril and Azactam, and she did not seem to
On Tuesday March 26th we drove her
to NCSU in Raleigh (a 3 hour drive one way) where Rich and I had the pleasure of
meeting Dr. Greg Lewbart who specializes in reptiles and aquatic animals.
Blood was drawn for culturing. Biopsies of the fins, gill and body proved
negative for parasites. Several biopsies done by me over the previous
weeks that had also proved negative. All fins were bloody and both
pectoral fins had splits that I am thinking came from her sitting on the bottom
of the pond. Both eyes were clouded over. Water parameters were
normal (0) in all cases. Total alkalinity was 120 an pH was 8.0. Salinity
was at .02
At the clinic she was injected
with Ceftazidime 20 cc. And I was advised to re-inject every 72 hours for a
total of 5 injections
Not seeing any improvement after 3
injections Dr. Lewbart advised me to inject Amikacin using .17cc. This was done
on April 3rd.
Salt in the pond was brought up to
.30 as per instructions over a 2 1/2 day period.
Today we moved Utsee from the main pond to
a spawning tank. I did not want her to get beat up by all the males in the
pond if she should spawn there. So I put her with a smaller male for
spawning purposed. She came through with flying colors and lots of eggs.
While she is not 100% better she is way on
the road to recovery now! Here are 2 updated pictures of her.
Most of the fungus has come off, exposing
the redness underneath. Utsee was injected with .75cc Baytril today.
I did note that her eyes are no longer cloudy and are now normal looking.
I am taking this as a sign of healing. The tank she is in has undergone a
nitrite spike and I felt it was in her best interest and the other fish in the
tank to return her to the main pond. The water in the main pond has warmed
to 80* now. This after noon she was active and alert and schooling with
the other fish. She fought aggressively for her share of the food.
much improvement as far as I can see. As per
advice of Dr. Johnson and Dr.Greg Lewbart
she was injected today with .75 cc of
Baytril. Although I don't think she can see,
she is eating earth worms and occasionally
some Sho Koi fish food. After 2 weeks of
waiting ,the blood culture was negative on
Extensive water testing at a lab was also
These pictures were taken on April
5th after deriding with hydrogen peroxide and a cotton ball. She was also given
her 4th injection of Ceftazidime.20 cc
About 2 hours after injection she
went to the bottom of the pond where she laid on her side, breathing shallowly.
I then made a call to Dr. Greg Lewbart at NCSU. We discussed putting her
in a bag of water and oxygen and floating her in the pond. We then decided
to leave her be and not stress her any further by netting and bagging.
This morning April 5th she
is swimming upright and does go sit on the bottom of the pond by herself for
brief periods. Dr Lewbart also advised me to hold off injecting on April 6th so
that she may recover from the stress of yesterday.
Up until 3 days ago she had been eating first medicated food and then Sho Koi.
Then she stopped eating. She would join the other fish when they were feed but
did not eat. It was almost like she could not see or smell the food as she
gasped at the food.
I did drop 2 big earth worms near where she was resting on the bottom and
she ate them heartily.
These pictures were taken at NCSU on March
26th. They show anesthetic, drawing blood from the caudal vein and general
pictures of Utsee
6 days before the trip to NCSU.
The pictures below were taken when I first noticed something wrong with her.
Rich and I and the pond fish would
like to thank every one for the love and
prayers while she made her recovery. MANY
THANKS Drs. Lewbart of NCSU and Dr. Erik
Johnson (my good buddy) of Marietta, Ga. for
their help and support!