Thinking about culling some large, black goldfish


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My pond is getting rather populated, and there's some large, black common goldfish; i.e. "undesirables". The last thing I want is for O2 levels to drop in the winter due to over-population, so I think I should be pro-active.

Most are two or three years old, and I figure that's long enough for them to change color if it's going to happen. I highly doubt anyone wants to have a 6" black, short tailed goldfish, so I doubt it's even worth placing an ad on Craigslist for "free goldfish".


So, I figure the best way is to but them into a bag, then into the deep freezer, no?
 

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Pleas don't do that! Offer free pond fish on craigslist or any other website you have available. I had a lot of black koi that I thought no one would want. Put a white shower curtian in the stock tank and let people know fish change colors for years, every one got a new home.
 
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Not everyone feels black goldfish are undesirable. I myself would actually like to have one or two.

You may be able to give them to a local petstore. We have a store here in Ohio (Pet Supplies Plus) that will take unwanted fish and rehome them for free (got a nice oranda that way)

Also, Just an FYI about euthanasia. Clove oil is considered to be more humane than freezing a fish. It's used to sedate fish as well as euthanize (by overdosing)
 
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There's no harm in putting an add out for a few days to see if there is any takers, you might be surprised. People do buy the solid black fish from the pets stores. I looked around for a solid white fish or solid black, and not a hope could I find one.
 
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Take them to Petco. Mine makes them available for adoption.

There shouldn't be any problems with O2, the fish are less active.
 
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The governor has given them a reprieve - long enough for a month on Craigslist.
Best of luck. I catch the koi off spring each year and luckily had neighbors who wanted them. In 2017 the neighbors no longer wanted / needed more koi. I was kind of panicked but found a nice plant nursery with a huge outdoor pond and they've accepted them the last two years.

If I wasn't able to place them there, I'd try CL, but none of our pet stores accept them. I would never put them back into my main pond, so I'd have to decided between trying to keep them in a separate container or humanly euthanizing them.
 
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