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Relocating Your Koi Safely

May 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Koi Care

Pick a net that is large enough to compete with the Koi, as they will not want to be very cooperative.

Fish, such as the Koi, often live to be older than 30 years of age and can have medical issues just like any other pet. Koi may have to visit the veterinarian if they appear sick or injured.

You may also need to change your ponds location or gather your fish if a weather emergency occurs. There may come a time you may need to move your Koi. Take time to plan but remember you may not be able to plan for every event.

It is important to have a plan of action in case you need to move your fish; you never know when an untimely hurricane or tornado puts your fish in harm’s way. Learning to bag your fish is vitally important; if you do not know how to bag them, you may lose your fish if an emergency occurs.

Equipment Needed
You will want to have bagging and transport equipment on hand and ready to use at a moment’s notice. In an emergency, you will have no time to drive to the pet store to pick up these supplies. Storing your bagging and transport equipment is simple and won’t take up much space.

When needing to transport your Koi you will need to have bags on hand. Using plastic or trash bags may harm or kill your Koi. Do not transport your fish in anything but fish bags. When you bring your Koi home, you may want to keep the original bags so you are not caught in an emergency and need to make a trip to your pet store. Your Koi needs to be transported in a bag that is in proportion to the size of the fish.

Another item you will need is rubber bands. Make sure you have plenty of rubber bands, as you will use several for each fish bag. It is important to buy quality rubber bands because during transport lower quality bands may pop from the pressure of the water in the bag.

Koi can be “coy” so make sure you pick up a net that is large enough to compete with the Koi, as they will not want to be very cooperative. The net is being used to direct and lead your Koi to where you need them to go not to capture them. If you have, particularly large Koi be cautious because nets can harm or even kill your fish.

You may find that a paint bucket works better to capture your Koi and is less harmful than a net. Just be sure to choose a bucket that is large enough to hold your fish.

Bagging Your Koi
Bagging and catching your Koi is a rather simple process as long as you have the appropriate equipment. It’s time to call in some favors and have a few friends over to help you with the bagging process.

First, use the net and drive the Koi into your bucket. After you have the Koi in the bucket remove any excess water and start bagging your fish.

Bags may spring a leak so please check them first. Put the Koi in the bag starting with its head in ending with the tail. Always make sure you cover the gills completely with water. In order to eliminate some of the weight in the bag allow plenty of air so the bag does not get too heavy. Now secure your bag with a rubber band by placing the rubber band over the open end and securing tightly.

Make sure your fish bags are horizontal in the transport container. Be cautious that the fish does not get bent as it is being lifted into the container. Pack your fish so that they will not move about with bumps and twists. Also, cover your fish so that they are not exposed to excessive heat or sunlight. Following the simple bagging and transporting steps above will have your Koi moved quickly.

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