What if......you decide to move house & koi or goldfish? Step by step guide
House prices are rising, interest rates are low and apparently on average, there are 5 people wanting to buy each house that comes on the market. There has never been a better time for you to sell, but for your koi, there is never a good time to move.
With a little forward planning, improvisation, a little expense and some help from a friend, what could be a very stressful operation for you and your koi, can become a successful operation carried out with military precision.
It's all in the timing
A house sale or purchase can take from 3 weeks to over 3 months and is open to last minute hitches and delays, especially when involved in a considerable chain. Because of this unpredictability, your first priority should be to find a friend who will 'put up' your fish while you pack, move, unpack and settle in. You also have to allow time for a new permanent pond to be installed at the new house which in itself could be well down the list of jobs to do in the new house and take months to complete.
You need someone who, if the worst came to the worst, could care for your koi on a put-me-up basis for several months. Consequently, someone who has experience and the patience. They may even already have koi of their own and be willing to take yours in on a temporary basis in their own pond.
If a temporary holding set-up is required then first of all it must be sourced. Show vats work very well as do pre-formed, self-supporting GRP ponds or vats, all of which can be fitted with a suitable sized filter well in advance of the first relocation of koi. These can be hired from some aquatic shops or a local koi keeping society. Depending on the length of the move, you may have no option but to buy a temporary vat.
Step by step guide to ensuring healthy water quality is provided for koi during a move.
procedure as in step 4.
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