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How to care for koi from pond to aquarium

Posted by mimitrav 5 (My Page) on
Wed, Sep 22, 10 at 1:06

I'M LOOKING FOR GUIDANCE ON HOW TO BRING THE KOI INTO A 55 GAL AQUARIUM. I HAVE 4 KOI ABOUT 4 1/2"-5 1/2" EACH. I PLAN TO SET UP THE TANK AND RUN IT FOR FEW DAYS BEFORE ADDING THE KOI. I BELIEVE THE POND AND TANK TEMP SHOULD BE WITHIN 10 DEGREES OF EACH OTHER, THE WATER NEEDS TO BE DECHLORINATED, AND THE PH SHOULD BE 6-9. MY CONCERN IS THAT ONCE THE KOI ARE IN THE AQUARIUM THEY WILL ONLY BE MONITORED FOR A FEW DAYS BEFORE THEY WILL BE ON THERE OWN FOR ALMOST 3 WEEKS. SHOULD I BE CONCERNED? MY FAMILY WILL FEED THEM BUT THEY WON'T MONITOR THE WATER.
MY OUTSIDE POND IS 150 GALLONS WITH THE DEEPEST SECTION ABOUT 3 FT. THE POND GETS VERY GREEN SO I HAVE REMOVED THE KOI TWICE NOW AND PLACED THEM IN A LG CONTAINER WITH TREATED WATER. I HAVE REMOVED ALL THE POND WATER PLACED IT WITH TAP TREATED WATER AND HAVE PUT THEM BACK IN THE CLEAN POND WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS. IS IT WRONG TO ASSUME THEY WILL BE FINE IN THE AQUARIUM SINCE THEY WERE FINE IN THE POND WITHOUT BEING MONITORED?
THE FISH WERE A GIFT FOR THE POND WHICH CAME WITH THE HOUSE I PURCHASED. I WAS TOLD THEY WERE GOLDFISH SO I TREATED THEM AS SUCH GIVING THEM GOLDFISH FOOD. I READ RECENTLY THAT WHILE GOLDFISH ARE VERY RESILIENT, KOI ARE MORE FRAGILE AND CAN BE STRESSED EASILY. WHEN I WENT TO PURCHASE A FISHTANK I SHOWED THE SALEPERSON PICS OF THE FISH WHO SAID THEY ARE KOI. THIS BEING SAID BY 2 DIFFERENT PET SHOPS.
SHOULD I CONSIDER BUYING A HEATER FOR THE POND AND LEAVING THE FISH WHERE THEY ARE AT UNTIL I CAN MONITOR THEM IN THE FISHTANK MYSELF??? WHEN SHOULD I START USING A HEATER FOR THE POND IF THEY DO STAY THERE? I APPRECIATE ANY AND ALL TIPS TO THIS DILEMMA.


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RE: How to care for koi from pond to aquarium

Since you are not going to be monitoring the fish the best place for them is to keep them in the pond.

It seems like you are new to fish keeping, so here's a few tips: First, try the pond forum here. It is much more active and they know several different fish, koi in particular.

Next, a new aquarium (or pond, same thing) doesn't have the bacteria to handle the fish waste yet. The first few weeks are critical and you will not be there to handle say an ammonia spike.

Even the worst green water in a pond is actually not a problem for fish. It bothers us much more (as we want to see them!). The only drawback is it can use up oxygen at night (not that Ive ever seen that in my pond) but as long as you have an air bubbler or splashing water from a fall or such it should again be fine.

You don't say where you are in the US but unless it's Alaska the temperature in the pond should again be fine till you get back. Your pond sounds too small to winter over in it so transferring to the tank is best.

My pond is about the same size but here on Long Island NY it only freezes an inch or so and I do winter over fish right in the pond, no heater.


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RE: How to care for koi from pond to aquarium

I live in Minnesota and a women I know puts the few Koi, I think 3, in one of those childrens hard plastic pools for the winter. They have survived for the 5 years that she has been doing that. She does run a pump, checks water and does partial water changes, just like a big aquarium.

PLEASE DONT USE ALL CAPS!!! ITS ANNOYING


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RE: How to care for koi from pond to aquarium

Yes green water is good for your fish 3 ft of water is plenty for your fish in the water. i live in mass iand my koi do fine in the winter.If u need any help let me know Mark


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