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Today has been better emotionally. Spent time my the pond this morning doing a little gardening. I love the sound of the running water and enjoy watching the birds drink and bath in the water fall. A cute little green frog was perched in the waterfall. These are things I'll continue to enjoy.

I think once the koi are safely settled in their new pond, I'll feel better......hey, they're moving on up in the world to a huge beautiful pond with a big pergola and a dinner bell :)
 
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The gentleman who is taking the koi let me know he'll be here on Monday morning around 9:30 and is bringing a friend who often helps him at the fish farm.

I sat by the pond while I fed them tonight, admiring their beauty. I'm planning on either not feeding them or greatly reducing the amount I feed them Sat. and Sun. before their transport.

People who want koi, need to understand the long term commitment they require if cared for properly. I feel very fortunate to have found such a good home for them.
 
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no food he should have asked that you not feed for a week prior to shipping
 
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no food he should have asked that you not feed for a week prior to shipping
They aren't going to be shipped. They'll be traveling one and a half hours in a 250 gallon aerated tank ( filled with out pond water ) on his truck. I guess I could have not fed them for a week, but decided 48 hours sufficient and I plan to dose the tank with liquid prime. It would certainly be a different matter if they were being shipped in oxygen filled bags.

I'm planning on taking some pictures , so I'll be able to share the beginning of their journey.
 
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I'm planning on taking some pictures , so I'll be able to share the beginning of their journey.
Please do we will all join you on their journey to their new home
 
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I've been thinking of you and your fish the whole morning. I hope all is going well.
 
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Well, our beautiful koi departed for their new home this morning. The man who owns the fish farm is calm and gentle, catching and handling them so skillfully. One of them leaped from the water and hit a rock and he gently examined the small scrape, saying what he'd do to treat it. She is my most skittish koi, but honestly I've never seen her leap like that !!

I really didn't have time to take pictures, as I was in the pond following his directions and once they were guided into a large net, he used the koi sock to lift them from the pond and it was black. He also took about 70 fry !

I've been tense and emotional leading up to this day, but honestly felt relief as they pulled away. I now realize they need a bigger pond, he estimated them to be about 28 inches. I'm thankful nothing happened to them on "my watch" of 18 years and look forward to visiting them in their new home once settled.

We went ahead and drained the pond taking advantage of the opportunity to scoop out all the debris. ....and was surprised to find the bottom of the liner lifted due to all the heavy rain we've been having.:oops:
 

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High water table now.

Happy all went well with the moving of your babies! And they took the 70 kids you would then need to move along. They will be so happy in that huge pond, plenty of room to swim, and good fins to rub against.
 

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I'm so glad it went smoothly. It really is a huge step, and the beginning of your next pond adventure!
 
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Oh my heavens! He sent us a little video of them in their new qt pond with a couple of his fish. They didn't miss a beat, swimming actively and eating ! I told him how picky they are and they made a liar out of me...... eating his food- LOL !

They could have at least moped for a day or two - LOL !
 
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Oh my heavens! He sent us a little video of them in their new qt pond with a couple of his fish. They didn't miss a beat, swimming actively and eating ! I told him how picky they are and they made a liar out of me...... eating his food- LOL !

They could have at least moped for a day or two - LOL !
That was so nice of him! Glad to hear they are eating already:) You must be so relieved:)
 
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Oh my heavens! He sent us a little video of them in their new qt pond with a couple of his fish. They didn't miss a beat, swimming actively and eating ! I told him how picky they are and they made a liar out of me...... eating his food- LOL !

They could have at least moped for a day or two - LOL !
Didn't you hear him encouraging them, "look happy for Mom!" ?
 
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1.5 hour is not long enough to be problematic. they should be fine .
Oh my heavens! He sent us a little video of them in their new qt pond with a couple of his fish. They didn't miss a beat, swimming actively and eating ! I told him how picky they are and they made a liar out of me...... eating his food- LOL !

They could have at least moped for a day or two - LOL !
could you share the video ? glad everything went smoothly. 70 fry??????
 
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1.5 hour is not long enough to be problematic. they should be fine .
could you share the video ? glad everything went smoothly. 70 fry??????
Yes, I'll share the video. I have to upload it to YouTube I believe. In addition to the fry he caught we'd caught over 200 !!!!!!!!! I think the success of the floating planters made perfect fry nurseries .

I'll be back later today and will upload the video....I also have another video of one of his bigger mud ponds I'll upload.
 
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https://youtube.com/shorts/ucNCRZcNioc?feature=share

Hopefully I did this correctly. This is the pond he's quarantining them in, along with several of his fish. The dimensions of this pond are 8 feet wide, 21 feet long and 32 inches deep. Not sure exactly how many gallons that is, but it seems larger then our 1700 gallon pond.
 

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