Fish keepers I need advice - Koi / Chagoi fish Winter comatose, side sleeping question

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Found 13th Jan 2010
My brother has a large outside pond (2 levels so one deeper level for winter, with pump and filters) which I'm looking after but have noticed one of his Koi doing something odd.

Obviously at this time of the year they're all slightly comatose, not moving much or purely kipping at the bottom of the pond, but this particular one is kipping at the bottom flat on its side and not level like all the others.

I have noticed it has moved it's head and tail very slightly, but if I hadn't seen it do so it looks like a dead fish, is it normal for them to go comatose and sleep on their side?

Hoping there are a few fishy experts on here that can help, I keep cold water fish in a tank at home so don't know too much about outdoor fish keeping.

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Dont worry too much there is a simple solution for this behaviour....

























a nice beer batter

Original Poster

harlzter;7533446

Dont worry too much there is a simple solution for this behaviour....a … Dont worry too much there is a simple solution for this behaviour....a nice beer batter


By all accounts I don't think Koi or Chagoi taste very nice:whistling:

dont worry too much as we keep koi and they can sleep on their sides, but obviously floating on the top is not so good but do keep a check on them at this time of year they should be down deep and inactive in an unheated pond.

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2SHADOW2;7534720

dont worry too much as we keep koi and they can sleep on their sides, but … dont worry too much as we keep koi and they can sleep on their sides, but obviously floating on the top is not so good but do keep a check on them at this time of year they should be down deep and inactive in an unheated pond.



Thanks for the info, none floating to top on side which is good! Pond in not heated but about 25% are still kipping in the shallower end, hopefully I can convinve them otherwise without stressing them.

Rep added.

Interested to know how this turned out if update is available. Just found the question and would have asked to confirm if pond iced over or not? Always good to ensure at least part of pond not iced over (air in, waste gases out) with a small floating heater or similar.
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