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Old 08-23-2011, 12:07 AM   #1
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emergency koi fish help

my dad unexpectedly brought home 3 koi fish home. i cant put them in my tank because its only 20 gallons and i got an oranda in there. what should i do with them?
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This is the perfect excuse to build a pond in your backyard OR you could return the fish, but that's just going to be boring.
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This is the perfect excuse to build a pond in your backyard OR you could return the fish, but that's just going to be boring.
can i put them in a swimming pool? and also i put them in the tank until i get something else for the koi fish tomorrow.
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can i put them in a swimming pool? and also i put them in the tank until i get something else for the koi fish tomorrow.
Pools are filtered but have cholrine in them which is toxic to fish, that's a big nono...

It's a temporary solution FOR NOW, nothing long-term. If you wanted to keep them in a tank, for three I'd say we're looking around 150-200 gallons, they get around two feet long easily...
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Pools are filtered but have cholrine in them which is toxic to fish, that's a big nono...

It's a temporary solution FOR NOW, nothing long-term. If you wanted to keep them in a tank, for three I'd say we're looking around 150-200 gallons, they get around two feet long easily...
i dont mean a huge pool i mean like a kiddie pool for a a little while until i can get a tank or something
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i dont mean a huge pool i mean like a kiddie pool for a a little while until i can get a tank or something

Sure, just make sure you cycle it beforehand! If you have a filter on-hand and some established media and lots of decholrinator you could put them in there.
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Sure, just make sure you cycle it beforehand! If you have a filter on-hand and some established media and lots of decholrinator you could put them in there.
yes i actually have a filter in my tank i can use for the pool because i actually have 2 filters
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if you have a baby pool...


that would house them temporarily. It will be like a small pond
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if you need a really cheap filter, you can use the outdated, box 'corner' filters!

they are still effective as ever. Get a battery operated airpump.

works like a charm for temporary housing. And you can transfer filter media from your established tank for quick seeding


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my dad unexpectedly brought home 3 koi fish home. i cant put them in my tank because its only 20 gallons and i got an oranda in there. what should i do with them?
Since your father brought them home, it's his responsibility to buy you a big butt pond for them. Even a larger tank wouldn't do. Since you have 3, they would outgrow just about anything you could keep in the house.
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Since your father brought them home, it's his responsibility to buy you a big butt pond for them. Even a larger tank wouldn't do. Since you have 3, they would outgrow just about anything you could keep in the house.
They are actually comets. What if i put them in seperate kiddie pools for the time being. What filter might i need?
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Sorry, I missed where they were ID'd as comets. I don't keep goldies, but this might help: Goldfish @ Petfish
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