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    Thread: Never planned on owning a koi, desperate for help

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      Exclamation Never planned on owning a koi, desperate for help

      I've never had a fish live very long with me so I tend to stick with dogs and caged mammals etc. My husband was working a job, he remodels places and is a maintenance man for several properties, at a pet store someone is converting to a different business. Well they had a big indoor koi pond and when they were getting the water out they found a little fry. I wasn't even convinced it was a koi until I saw tiny little barbels this morning. We are pretty strapped for money this week and he gets paid Friday.
      Currently the fish is in a big red Folgers coffee container in the water he was in. I have had a bucket of water sitting since yesterday I plan to transfer him to. Will he be ok even though there has been no water conditioner added? Should I leave him in his own water longer? It's very stagnant and gross... He has been without good conditions for at least 2 weeks, as that's when the pet store people moved.

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      If you let’s water sit for 24 hours then chlorine would evaporate and the water should be safe to use
      Without foods and this size some koi could go very long
      But I would definitely start out with a huge 55 gallons Home Depot tote and some type of aquarium filter and conditioner
      Otherwise just bring it to a lake if you don’t have the budget
      M.Nguyen


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      I’d say you have a couple options. If you can, go to the store and buy some water conditioner to detoxify ammonia.Prime is what I prefer, but other brands are available. Then you can put the little guy in a plastic bin or really anything bigger then a coffee can that can hold water. Do water changes daily and add A small bubbler.
      This would just be a very temporary holding till you decide what you want to do. Commit to keeping it and set up a pond or find a new home for it. If you plan to keep it you’ll want to get a filter of some kind too.

      Another option would be to call any pet places near you and ask if they will take it as a donation. Most places should happily take it. This would be your best option if you aren’t wanting to throw yourself into fishkeeping.

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      If you decide to keep the koi
      I will sponsor him/her some real small pellets food
      Pm your addy and I will ship ASAP
      M.Nguyen


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      Quote Originally Posted by OCkoiFan View Post
      If you let’s water sit for 24 hours then chlorine would evaporate and the water should be safe to use
      Without foods and this size some koi could go very long
      But I would definitely start out with a huge 55 gallons Home Depot tote and some type of aquarium filter and conditioner
      Otherwise just bring it to a lake if you don’t have the budget
      DO NOT DO THIS! This is illegal and gives fish keepers a bad name. If you do not want them just put an add on craigslist and someone will get them. Also there are a number of koi clubs in FL that can assist in re-homing the fish. Where in FL are you?



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      I'm in Melbourne. My husband wants to keep it I guess because he found it. I'm ok with keeping it but I don't want it to die. And I don't know how to tell the species apart so I don't know how big it will be. We actually have a huge hole in the yard where there was a pond years ago but it has no natural shaded areas so I'm not sure how that would work. How long could I keep it in an aquarium in the house? Like in one of those big tanks? He's only about an inch or inch and a half long right now, very small. Would he be ok for today if I wait until tonight to get him water conditioner in the yucky water he's in now?

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      Quote Originally Posted by jimfish98 View Post
      DO NOT DO THIS! This is illegal and gives fish keepers a bad name. If you do not want them just put an add on craigslist and someone will get them. Also there are a number of koi clubs in FL that can assist in re-homing the fish. Where in FL are you?
      I mean local parks pond or Asian temples
      M.Nguyen


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      Quote Originally Posted by OCkoiFan View Post
      I mean local parks pond or Asian temples
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      Quote Originally Posted by FloridaSummer View Post
      I'm in Melbourne. My husband wants to keep it I guess because he found it. I'm ok with keeping it but I don't want it to die. And I don't know how to tell the species apart so I don't know how big it will be. We actually have a huge hole in the yard where there was a pond years ago but it has no natural shaded areas so I'm not sure how that would work. How long could I keep it in an aquarium in the house? Like in one of those big tanks? He's only about an inch or inch and a half long right now, very small. Would he be ok for today if I wait until tonight to get him water conditioner in the yucky water he's in now?
      I recommend picking up one of these and putting it on a back patio with a net over it to keep frogs and birds out of it.

      https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...y?cm_vc=-10005

      Rather than a tank inside, this will be cheaper and can be re-used to hold water plants or something...or even easily sold off on craigslist. There may even be one on there now for you to buy cheaper. If you keep it in there it will have room to grow and give some leeway on water condition as you learn to take care of them. You will need to get a filter of sort for it and do water changes.

      Hopefully caring for them over the next few months and seeing them grow will give you the urge to turn that hole in the yard into a great pond.



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      Quote Originally Posted by OCkoiFan View Post
      I mean local parks pond or Asian temples
      Wouldn't you feel bad if you dropped a koi off in a public koi pond and it destroyed the pond with KHV?

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      Quote Originally Posted by tbullard View Post
      Wouldn't you feel bad if you dropped a koi off in a public koi pond and it destroyed the pond with KHV?
      I know mine is clean and clear
      You can choose flush your in a toilet
      M.Nguyen


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      The koi died.

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      Quote Originally Posted by FloridaSummer View Post
      The koi died.
      Sorry to hear that. Hopefully it doesn't discourage your pond thoughts.



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      Quote Originally Posted by FloridaSummer View Post
      The koi died.
      This may be the best ending to everything
      M.Nguyen


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