Help with Rehoming Fee

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    LibraKoi

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    I am a bit over stocked and have some fish from a 4 yr. back spawn that I would like to find a good home for. Someone came to look and asked my price. I really don't know what to say. I am dealing with the letting them go emotions as they were born here, so really don't want to deal with the money issue also. Could you guys help me with a fair price so neither of us get ripped off? I am sending a few pics. It is the orange ones, they are all around 1 foot, very bulky body, females? I have to let them know a price today as they want to come and take 4 tomorrow. : (
    I love these koi like my dogs and it's so hard letting them go. I have at least one fry from last weeks spawn, that I am worried about. And there may be more. So I know I have to jump at this chance of a home for some.
     

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    For me, I'm less concerned with the $, then I am with them getting a good home. I've given mine away to a neighbor, he has a very big pond and I can visit them :)

    If you want a fee, since they're a good size..maybe $25 each? Just a guess.
     
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    Thank you Tula. I wasn't really asking a fee, but they asked me how much. So didn't really know what to say.
     
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    My thing when I sell my koi is to make sure that they will end up in a good size pond and not in an aquarium to be resold! Had it happen. I've let 20+" koi go for $20 to a good home.if you are serious about finding good homes, I would even consider less.
     
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    I give mine away also .I make new pond friends this way
     
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    Do you inquire about a QT or medication when introduced? or just let them go?
     
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    I always recommend that people QT any new fish. I don't treat mine except to add Stress-coat to the water they are transporting the fish in. There are always people on Craigslist looking for koi.
     
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    Do you inquire about a QT or medication when introduced? or just let them go?
    They don't have a QT and I asked if they were going to treat and she didn't answer. I postponed pick up a couple weeks as I don't want to disturb where the fry is trying to net the big ones. Does it matter if they go to a smaller pond than mine?
     
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    Are you comfortable posting on Craigs List? If so, maybe you could say you're looking for good homes, in a certain sized pond.
     
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    It would depend on how much smaller. How big is your pond?
     
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    My pond is 16 x 20 with a channel separating the 2. the channel is around 18" deep and the both pools are about 3 1/2'. We estimated around 3000gals. One pond that wants to take them has an
    11 x 8, 5' deep. He said it was 4000gals. But what worries me is her fish are much smaller than mine and she was asking how mine are so big being the same age or younger. I believe they grow to the size of the pond, which would mean hers is smaller than they think. She has 10 or so in there now.
     
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    I think it's a myth that koi will grow to the size of their pond, which is why it's important to have a large enough pond to accommodate them. 10 koi in 3000 gallons...if it were me, I'd not be looking to add fish.
     
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    . Most of my customers have ponds smaller than mine.( Both over 4000). A lot of the time the size of the fish can be determined by how much they are fed and the type of food. I use a color growth food and feed several times a day. That can give you a 24" koi in 2 years! Genetics also play a roll. I have some koi 10 years old at 18".
     
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    Problem with not asking a fee is it weeds out people who are not serious. Many people see the word free and have to have it. A live animal cost money to keep correctly, if people don't want to spend money on fee you can bet they will cut corners anywhere they can in care.
     
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    I get a lot of requests to purchase everything I have. These people are just looking to make a quick buck by reselling. They are blocked on my lists.
     
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    I see, so I must have a certain line in my pond that when they breed, it is producing the bigger bulkier koi that those 3 orange ones? They are so healthy and bulky looking all the time. Maybe I should keep them and let some of the smaller ones that don't grow go to keep the robust line going? lol
     
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    I have thought of this also. If they don't have an investment in it, do they really care if they lose it? They are willing to pay a fee, but I'm having second thoughts of what ones to let go.
     
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    Glad I am not in your shoes . Kind of like Sophie's Choice.
     
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    I had this problem this year. Had to reduce numbers and figure out who goes and who stays. Its tough. I was able to get some of the fish that I didn't really want to let go of to people I knew that had good ponds. It's a matter of taking the chance on the new homes or knowing you will have problems with being overstocked and losing everything.
     
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    What would be the best net to try and catch a fish that large? I want to have my own so nothing gets transferred from someone bringing one.
     
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