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I have a problem...we're moving

Posted by nuevomex 5 (My Page) on
Fri, Nov 8, 13 at 6:32

We have sold our house and are going to full time in our motorhome. We have a 1000 gallon 4 ft deep pond with 7 koi and a waterfall/filter system. Winter is coming on and we don't close until January. The buyers do not want to worry about the pond this winter, they live in Georgia, I live in northern New Mexico.

So, do I give the fish away (they are 12-14"), sell them? And is it safe to do so in the middle of the winter? And what about the pond? Do I drain it? Or could I leave the water in and take out the pump? Just really in a quandry about this.

Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Thanks, Susie


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RE: I have a problem...we're moving

Hi Susie, sorry that you are losing your pond. Water temp. in the northern states are dipping down. I don't know what your water temp. is but transferring a fish to a new home at any time is stressful for the fish.
I would find out the buyers thoughts for the pond and if they wish to keep it. If not, look to local koi clubs or friends with ponds. I did a quick search, found Sante Fe Koi and Pond Society. Hope this helps..Craig


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Check what they think they're buying

Susie, I'm no expert on koi, but I know some cautionary tales about home-buying. Before deciding whether to give away the koi, perhaps check with the buyers (and agents) to be clear about what the buyers think they're getting in the sale. If they expect seven beautiful Koi to come with the house, there could be problems later (even if you gave the fish away to save their lives). These details are often written into the sale contract so it's clear to everyone involved.


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RE: I have a problem...we're moving

You could post them for sale on Craigslist in your area.. I know in my area the koi sell very fast.


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