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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Moving Koi

How can I move my Koi from one pond to another without make them stressed? -Dan

It is nearly impossible to handle a Koi without causing at least a little amount of stress. The best, low stress, way to move them would be to net them quickly, with as little chasing as possible, After you have caught your Koi, put him in a bag or a suitable container and float it in the destination pond for about 20 minutes or until the temperature has equalized. After that, scoop the Koi out with your hand and release it into the other pond.

Things to remember:

  1. Make sure you dump the water in the container somewhere other than in the pond, it contains ammonia and is not healthy.

  2. Be gentle with your Koi, rough handling causes stress.

  3. Don't ever lift the net out of the water with the Koi in it, use your hands or a sock net (sock nets have a very fine mesh which will not damage a Koi).

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