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Our lives have changed a lot with the birth of our granddaughter. We are actively involved in her childcare and I'm finding our extensive gardens and pond are just too much given how much time we want to spend with sweet. Eleanor.

Is there anyone in the greater Cincinnati area that could provide a good home for our 4 adult koi? I have 2 females and 2 males, they are close to 20 years old.
 
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I'm sorry to hear this, Tula - but what a great reason! Getting to enjoy your grand baby and be a part of her life is a wonderful thing!
 
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The bigger benefit is having kids play at the pond and experience frogs dragon flies water walkers etc. @Tula can you get some photos of them.?
 
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@Tula that does make me sad… maybe hold off on the decision until she’s a bit older. Our two year old granddaughter is living with us at the moment and we have so much fun working together on the pond and gardens. She loves “helping” while we talk about the plants and the fish and what they need and how we care for them. Feeding the fish is her “chore” and she takes it very seriously! We have 8 grandchildren in all (number 9 on the way!) and everyone of them are drawn to the pond to see the fish and frogs and bugs - it’s a combination playground and classroom in the backyard. Our grandson is an expert frog catcher and our granddaughter’s “fun fact about me” that she shared at school one day was that her grandparents have a fish pond in their yard.

Just a bit of encouragement from one grandma to another!
 
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Each evening when Eleanor is here we ask if she wants to feed the fish. She smiles broadly as I walk to get the fish food. Then I shake the container and say " What do fishes say?" and we all open our mouths like fish - LOL ! @Lisak1 I can picture your little helpers !

@GBBUDD I tried to post pics to a couple other members and it always says the file is too large :( I will have to look into how to resize them from photos in my lap top.

I didn't know how long lived koi were when we got them. I guess we're also " victims of success" in that we've taken good care of them - LOL !
 
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I found a man who is willing to take our koi. He owns and runs a fish farm ( koi ) about an hour and a half from here. He's willing to come in his truck with a 250 gallon aerated tank and catch them with his koi sock net. He will probably put ChaCha in his breeding pond, but the other three will retire in his largest pond with their 30 + year old koi.

It's a good offer at a good time, but I feel very emotional !!!! I know in my head it's for the best, but my heart aches. I don't know if we'll completely deconstruct the pond, just one step at a time. I really enjoy water gardening and find the sound of running water relaxing, so may a small water lily pond......just not sure yet.
 
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Would post a happy face and a sad face, but can't. Happy you found someone to care for them. Sad you need to do this.
 

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Such a shame that you have to rehome your koi. At least it sounds like they're going to a good home where they'll get good care. I hope you'll be able to keep your pond running, if nothing else, just for the sound of running water and the chance to grow some water plants.
 
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The man is very nice and is going to place them in his pond ( which he sent me videos of ) with his 30 + year old koi. He rings their dinner bell and they come swarming.

Big koi, IMO require commitment and care and he checks those boxes for me.

I'm leaning towards running the pond through winter as a wild life pond and decide next Spring what to do. I love my water plants, however the pond was designed for koi, so straight drop sides....but I've managed to get in with waders for years.
 
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The man is very nice and is going to place them in his pond ( which he sent me videos of ) with his 30 + year old koi. He rings their dinner bell and they come swarming.

Big koi, IMO require commitment and care and he checks those boxes for me.

I'm leaning towards running the pond through winter as a wild life pond and decide next Spring what to do. I love my water plants, however the pond was designed for koi, so straight drop sides....but I've managed to get in with waders for years.
You've done a great job to find the best home for your koi. I love the idea of a dinner bell . ...
 
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I DONT Understand why get rid of the koi if your may keep a water garden . get an automatic feeder if the routine is the issue. i know you have been bouncing between the bog and its removal it sounds like the grand kids are just adding some stress to work through
 
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I'm glad you were able to find a good home for your koi. Maybe you can get a couple of same-sex goldfish so that they don't breed so you can still have the enjoyment of some fish.
 
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I DONT Understand why get rid of the koi if your may keep a water garden . get an automatic feeder if the routine is the issue. i know you have been bouncing between the bog and its removal it sounds like the grand kids are just adding some stress to work through
I'm having a hard time thinking of giving them up, but it isn't easy to find good homes. Finding them a good home is the first step , keeping a water garden doesn't carry any of the responsibility caring for the koi does.

Hubby thinks I'm not ready as I've been so upset. I feel silly.
 

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It was tough when we closed down ome of our koi ponds. Like you, we were lucky to find a good home for the fish. Turned a 5' deep koi pond to a 3' deep lily pond. Watch out for snails in a plant only pond!
 

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Hubby thinks I'm not ready as I've been so upset. I feel silly.
I totally understand. I got rid of our stinging bugs, ie the bees, a lot of work, a lot of commitment, stings, money time. As they were being removed I almost felt like crying. A big part of our life for 8 years gone. But then again the relief was there as they left. A load removed as other loads are added.
 
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I so appreciate these words of support, it means a lot to me. I've felt a little crazy for the past two days and @addy1 you describe my feelings perfectly when you said : " You are mentally ready, just not emotionally ready. "

@mrsclem I'm interested in how you went from a 5 foot pond to 3 feet, for lilies. I'd like to have less depth so I'd have easier access to the pond for plant care, just not sure how to do it without pulling the liner etc....which would be a lot of work.
 
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@Tula that does make me sad… maybe hold off on the decision until she’s a bit older. Our two year old granddaughter is living with us at the moment and we have so much fun working together on the pond and gardens. She loves “helping” while we talk about the plants and the fish and what they need and how we care for them. Feeding the fish is her “chore” and she takes it very seriously! We have 8 grandchildren in all (number 9 on the way!) and everyone of them are drawn to the pond to see the fish and frogs and bugs - it’s a combination playground and classroom in the backyard. Our grandson is an expert frog catcher and our granddaughter’s “fun fact about me” that she shared at school one day was that her grandparents have a fish pond in their yard.

Just a bit of encouragement from one grandma to another!
My absolute fondest memories were with my Mom at the pond when I was a young girl. I learned to skate with the double bladed strap on skates on that pond...Saw my first frog and was smitten from that moment on...then came all of the books on reptiles and amphibians...A wildlife pond would be much easier to manage and would give the grandkids a great introduction to the world of nature...
 
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I'm having a hard time thinking of giving them up, but it isn't easy to find good homes. Finding them a good home is the first step , keeping a water garden doesn't carry any of the responsibility caring for the koi does.

Hubby thinks I'm not ready as I've been so upset. I feel silly.
I couldn't find a reply emoji that said, "Pffft. You aren't silly."
It is nice to know so many other people take responsibility for their fish, take good care of them, and find them good homes when it's time.
 
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I'm having a hard time thinking of giving them up, but it isn't easy to find good homes. Finding them a good home is the first step , keeping a water garden doesn't carry any of the responsibility caring for the koi does.

You may be able to convert your pond into a water lily pond by adding cobbles to decrease the depth, maybe with some larger rocks to make shelves. That way, you'd have plenty of biomedia in the pond to help with filtration. You could add some minnows and/or goldfish to help with mosquito control.

Hubby thinks I'm not ready as I've been so upset. I feel silly.

Not silly at all! It's a huge step to rehome koi that have been with you for so long. You've invested a lot of your time and focus, so it's bound to hurt when you give that up (even when you know you're doing the right thing). Even without the emotional attachment, there's the place they've occupied in your life until now.
 

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