Transporting Koi – How to Do It Safely


Koi, like any other pet, will have medical issues throughout it’s life, and transporting Koi may become necessary. It is especially likely since Koi have been known to have a life span of up to 30 years.


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How to Prepare for Transporting Koi


You should contact the vet if your Koi is showing signs of injury or illness. Unless you have a vet that does house calls, chances are the first thing they will say is “bring it in.”


Pond Issues


Issues with your pond can arise. Whether it is an emergency move because your pond is placed in harms way by natural events, or a planned move due to new construction.


No amount of planning can ensure that you will not have to move your Koi for one reason or another.


Emergency Events


With the problems that arose from events such a Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, and everyday events such as common illnesses, it is imperative that you have a plan of action when it comes to your pride and joy.


No matter if it is an emergency or not, knowing how to properly bag and transport your Koi could mean the difference between life and death.


Equipment Needed for Transporting Koi


First, it is always a good idea to have all the equipment needed for transporting Koi on hand. If you are having an emergency with your Koi, you may or may not have time to make a trip to your local pet store to gather what you need.


The equipment needed to bagging and transporting Koi is small, and easily stored when not in use.


Proper Bags for Transporting Koi


You must have the proper bags on hand for transporting Koi. Do not attempt to transport your Koi in trash or regular plastic bags, as they are not designed for this, and may cause damage to your Koi.


Unless you remembered to keep the bags you brought your koi home in originally, you will have to make a trip to your local pet store. Make sure to get bags sizable enough to hold your Koi.


Rubber Bands


You will need quite a few rubber bands for each bag you buy. Make sure that your rubber bands are of good quality. You do not want the pressure from the water to pop the rubber band in the middle of the transport.


Have the Right Size of Net for Transporting Koi


You will need to have a net sizable enough to compete with your Koi. You will never need the net to pull the Koi out of the water. However, you will need it to lead and direct your Koi into the place you want them.


Nets can potentially damage your Koi, especially as they get larger.


A Water Bucket


A water bucket is a better option for catching your Koi, as they cannot hurt your Koi like a net can. Make sure that your bucket is sizable enough to hold your Koi.



Bagging your Koi


The process of catching and bagging your Koi is actually pretty simple as long you have the proper equipment available. If your pond is large, you may want to consider enlisting the help of your friends when bagging your Koi.


Using the Net


Use the net to guide the Koi into the Water Bucket. Once the Koi is in the water bucket you can remove any excess water, and begin bagging the Koi.


Check for Leaks


Make sure that you check the bags for leaks. Once you are sure that the bag is secure, place the bag over the Koi from head to tail. Make sure there is enough water in the bag to completely cover the gills.


Room for Air


Leave plenty of air room so that the bag is not too heavy to carry. Slip the rubber bands around the end of the bag and continue to double it until the bag is secure.


Bag Placement


Place the bags horizontally in your transport container. Make sure that you do not bend the fish when lifting it. Secure the bag so that it will not move with bumps and turns when transporting Koi.


And be sure to cover the fish so that as little heat and sun light can enter as possible.


With these tips you should now be able to safely and successfully accomplish transporting Koi.


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