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"I don't know if you remember but we had talked about using MinnFinn in salted tanks/ponds. Just an FYI, the other day I brought my salt up to .3% in one of my 3200gal Koi ponds and used MinnFinn Max in it three days in a row. The anchor worm seems to be gone and the fish are much more active than they have been for weeks."
“MinnFinn has become our treatment of choice for new arrivals of Koi and goldfish. It has been effective in neutralizing bacterial infections cause from open sores along the body as well as killing off anchor worms from goldfish.”
"Minnfinn is a very useful product to have for goldfish and pond fish especially for customers that are experiencing problems with their fish that are bacterial and/or parasitic in nature. It has pretty much replaced our other new shipment meds for goldfish and pond fish/koi."
"I received a large group of 3000 fish into my shop this spring. Within a few days there was a film starting to form on them which resembled a fungus or external bacteria like columnaris. Fish started to die at a high daily rate at which time I started a MinnFinn Max treatment. The day following the treatment I lost six fish and then 1 the next day. There has been no more mortality since and the fish look great."
Hope all is well with you. Just wanted to let you know that I mixed up a little of the Minn Finn on Tuesday and dabbed it on the tail fins of two of my fish. I let it set for a little bit and then neutralized it. The next day their fins were completely fine....no signs of fin rot! The only hard part was letting it sit for a bit on the fins....you know they DID NOT like being in the net for a couple of minutes!!!! I'm still going to do two pond treatments waiting a full day in between starting tomorrow. The weather is supposed to be quite spring like here this weekend, so it will be a good time for a vac and water change too!
I just wanted to let you know the outcome of my latest saga and let you know just how much I appreciate everything you do for me! Have a great day and I will speak to you soon!"
"We had some small long fin come in on Feb. 26. They were very weak. March 8, I noticed one of them was moving very slow. The next morning it was dead and another one was lying over. We noticed they had some fungus starting on them.
On March 9, I did some scrapes on them and noticed they had Saprolegnia and Chilodonella. I then treated with MinnFinn Max.
March 10, I tested the water for Ammonia, there was none. I do have a large filter on that quarantine tank. Also did scrapes on 2 more fish. No evidence of Chilodonella or Saprolegnia.
March 11, still no kick back on filter and fish are doing great.
March 16, I did scrapes on 4 fish, found nothing and also tested the water (for ammonia), it was fine.
We have not lost anymore and they are doing great. I only treated once with MinnFinn Max. I am very impressed with your product MinnFinn Max."
Pond 1: Date: 5/09 Pond Size/ Age: 1000 gallons/ 3 years old Fish population: 3 koi about 1-1.5 feet long, several fancy gold fish. Added 4 new baby koi about 2 weeks ago. Filtration type: skimmer and biofalls filtration only. No other form of filtration present Presenting Problem: After adding new fish a few weeks ago, many fish are sluggish and reluctant to eat. Multiple white dots are present on numerous fish. Most are exhibiting periodic flashing behaviors. • pH: 7.6 • Ammonia: 0.5 ppm • Nitrite: 0 ppm • Nitrate: 0 ppm Plan: Skin scrape and gill snip after mild sedation in MS-222. Cytologic evaluation of both samples yielded a large amount of Ich organisms and no other apparent ectoparasites at that time. Treatment: Perform a 25% water change to reduce ammonia levels. Apply an ammonia binding product to further bind free ammonia and reduce toxic stress to fish as directed by the manufacturer. Apply MinnFinn as directed by label. Repeat application in 7-10 days. Start use of a beneficial bacterial additive such as Koizyme, AquaMedZyme or MicroLift. Recommend adding addition biofiltration and test water quality regularly to manage any toxic presence before adversely affecting fish.
Pond 2: Date: 8/09 Pond size/ Age: 2000 gallons/ 4+ years old Fish Population: 10 koi from 1-2.5 feet long plus various goldfish Filtration type: Skimmer and biofalls with external pump and external biofilter- bead type plus UV sterilizer. Presenting Problem: Several of his goldfish have died off over the last week and now a koi has died off as well. No new additions since early summer (plants) - no new fish. One very sick fish presented for examination. Fish lay on the bottom of the tank with multiple (>100) dark spots on it. • pH: 7.8 • Ammonia: 0.25 ppm • Nitrite: 0 ppm • Nitrate: 10-20 ppm Plan: Visual exam- obvious severe infestation of Fish lice. Sedate with MS-222 for gill snip and thorough skin scrape. Cytology of skin showed a few skin flukes in addition to the Fish Lice. Treatment: Perform a 25% water change to reduce ammonia levels. Apply an ammonia binding product to further bind free ammonia and reduce toxic stress to fish as directed by the manufacturer. Apply MinnFinn as directed by label. Repeat application 7-10 days. Recommend adding addition biofiltration and test water quality regularly to manage any toxic presence before adversely affecting fish. Although ammonia appears to be fairly controlled, consider reducing stocking density to maximize filter efficiency and reduce crowding stress on fish.
Pond 3: Date: 6/2009 Pond Size/ Age: 4000 gallons / 1.5 months old Fish Population: 5 koi from 5-16 inches long Filtration: No niche skimmer to a vortex settling tank, floating media bed filter, 2 other unnamed filters and returned through an airlift system via 2 TPRs. Very awesome system with no noisy pumps, moderate water turnover and crystal clear surface. Presenting problem: This is a brand new pond with very lethargic and anorexic fish. Lighter colored fish show a lot of redness and there are several sores on 2 of the fish. • pH: 7.8 • Ammonia: 1.5 ppm • Nitrite: 0 ppm • Nitrate: 0 ppm Plan: Pond side sedation (MS-222) of the one of the two fish with sores. 3 sores observed- 1 very deep on ventral body. Cytology- fish is apparently free from ectoparasites. Amikacin injection intramuscularly perform during recovery. Treatment: Discussed new pond syndrome with the owner. There has been no biological filtration developed in such a new system and the waste from the fish is acting as a toxin to the fish and burning the skin. Secondary bacteria are taking advantage of the weakened fish and causing infections. We must treat the infections but equally as importantly, control water quality. Perform 30% water change immediatel. Apply an ammonia binding product to further bind free ammonia and reduce toxic stress to fish as directed by the manufacturer. Test daily and repeat on days when the ammonia is at 0.25 ppm or higher. Apply MinnFinn as directed by label. Repeat application in 5-7 days. Repeat Amikacin injections every 3 days until the deep ulcers are clearing on the very ill fish. At a 2 week recheck to this pond- the fish ulcers were healing well. All other fish had returned to normal appearance and behaviors. The owner was down to a water change every 5-7 days and the ammonia was not peaking over 0.25 ppm.
Owner’s impressions: Owner 1: “This drug was easy to use and clearly effective. Within 1 day, I was seeing significant improvement with the overall health of my fish. I didn’t lose any more and haven’t had a problem since.” Owner 2: (Keith) “ The MinnFinn was a life saver to my fish. It was a snap to apply and did the job. I hope I never need it again but I’m glad to know it’s around. Thanks.”
Clinical impression: I feel that the Minn Finn product is a solid performer. I have used it in a variety of applications- from ectoparasite to bacterial skin disease and had good response each time. It is easy to use with clear instruction. That’s important since the doctor is not there to apply and neutralize the treatments. I look forward to putting it through more challenges as the cases come in but have yet to find a situation where it hasn’t done its job."
"Quite a few of my fish were having sores and losing parts of their fins. On the recommendation of Clint Smith (Sunset Koi) and after a conversation with you, I have treated my pond several times with your MinnFinn product, always following the directions to the letter. Overall, I find it very beneficial in clearing up what appear to be bacterial infections.
The first time, last spring, I treated the pond once. I lost one large fish who had been very sick for a long time. Just too much for him, I guess. Another was about a year old and I don't know why. I did see some reduced symptoms and improvement in the rest of the fish and, after a month or so, I decided to treat again.
That time, I treated twice in two days. While I did lose another smaller fish, the rest of the fish appear to be completely free of their previous symptoms. product MinnFinn Max."
(4/10/09)“I then referred (MinnFinn to) an owner I am helping whose Koi have Costia. He has an established pond of 20 year old fish and has lost 5 very large Koi so far. His first treatment went OK. His water is 50 deg. and his pH is 8.0. Fish surfaced immediately and went to waterfall area. They were not happy, one laid over and went into skimmer. He was able to make it the whole hour. After the neutralizer went in they all were fine. No deaths since the treatment. Vicki suggested he treat one more time and he will be doing that today. So far with him all is good as he was loosing fish daily.”
(4/24/09)“I just heard from him and no more deaths, they are all eating, redness gone etc. He dosed a second time, all was well then too. This ponder is thrilled with your product. I am not near him to scope and he doesn't own a scope, so we are going by behavior and symptoms. All is good and it's been 2 weeks with temps increasing.”
“I have had a similarly frustrating bout with flukes as well. I tried everything (formalin, proform-C, PP, Prazi, Supaverm) with only temporary success. I used supaverm two different times. First killed flukes, but also a koi. Also knocked the heck out of the survivors. Second time, dosed it differently and koi were fine, but so were flukes! Flukes are becoming resistant to everything.
Anyway, I just recently decided to give MinnFinn a try (2 doses-2 days apart) and the jury is still out on its success. So far, no flashing and the Koi are doing fine. It even cleared up some redness and a small ulcer. I am giving it 2-3 weeks to see if the flashing starts back up. Then I'll check under the scope to confirm. I am really hopeful this time!”
A month later, Jean has seen no evidence of a return of flukes on her fish.
"After using it the first time, I have used it again on another batch of much smaller fish. So far I am pleased with the results of the treatment. It was easy to use, but a little scary for the first use. As with many other products, I have learned the hard way to be prepared for anything. Not every product performs as promised. I did see good results clearing the flukes that I found on my butterfly koi. I used the product on some of my best fish that I offer for sale, and it cleaned them up nicely, with minimal fuss on my part. Thank you for making this product available to the public."
“I ordered a case of MinnFinn right after the San Diego show. I didn't think that I would have cause to use it, but I wanted it on hand just in case. I got two new Koi that arrived with flukes. I used the MinnFinn with excellent results. It was easy to use, zero problems with the Koi, easy to reverse and zapped those flukes better than anything I've tried in the past."
“MinnFinn has become our treatment of choice for new arrivals of Koi and goldfish. It has been effective in neutralizing bacterial infections caused from open sores along the body as well as killing off anchor worms from goldfish. Minnfinn is a very useful product to have for goldfish and pond fish especially for customers that are experiencing problems with their fish that are bacterial and/or parasitic in nature. It has pretty much replaced our other new shipment meds for goldfish and pond fish/koi."
“I feel that the MinnFinn® product is a solid performer. I have used it in a variety of applications, from ectoparasite to bacterial skin disease, and had good response each time. It is easy to use with clear in- structions. That’s important since the doctor is not there to apply and neutralize the treatments. I look forward to putting it through more challenges as the cases come in, but have yet to find a situation where it hasn’t done its job.”
"Per our conversation the other day, I used MinnFinn to attack acropora eating flat worms on 2 of the corals in my personal saltwater aquarium. This coral is a tri-colored valida. This coral was exhibiting half of the colony with color loss and bite marks from the flatworms. I removed this coral from the tank and put it in the 2 gallon QT tank. I dosed the tank with 2 Ml of MinnFinn. I told you on the phone that it was 2 Ml per gallon but I was using 2 gallons of saltwater. The dose is 1 Ml per gallon. After about 10 min, I noticed the whole coral was alive with flatworms and they were running for cover. After about 30 min the flatworms were folding up like leaves on a tree and falling off of the coral. I used the turkey baster and blew the coral and flatworms were coming out all over the place. I neutralized the tank at 1 hour and then placed the coral back in the show tank. It has been 5 days and the corals color is coming back and the polyps are coming back out. I am very excited about this because to date no one has come up with a treatment that will kill these pests and not damage the coral. I will keep you posted on any other developments that happen."
"This is Jillian the girl from Massachusetts who’s been talking to you about MinnFinn for the last few days. I just figured I’d send you another quick note. I used it in the small quarantine pond the same day (the one that has held my rescue fish for over a week) and they showed no signs of stress at all during treatment like my fish did. I think it may be because they are in a shaded area that gets little sun, and my pond at the time was in full sun. I did add two large aerators to both ponds during treatment. They came through the treatment great and looked markedly better today. I had one fish with a scale hanging off and a couple of small areas of redness from loosing other scales, and another that had a lot of bruising from jumping out of the pond and getting tangled in the net I had placed over the pond. Both fish look almost completely healed today. I’ve seen no more flashing in my pond and my fish have returned to being calm again (I still plan on doing a second treatment to be sure all parasites are gone). So I have to say thank you for everything! I went to my second local pond supply store today, Pondscapes, to tell them my experience and they were immediately interested in carrying MinnFinn. As I left they were on the phone with Craig at Tranquil Gardens to find out more about your products. I will certainly be on the pond forums to back your products and share my results. Thank you so much for all of your help and suggestions, there are very few people out there that are willing to take the time to help and I am grateful."