How do you transport long distance koi?

transporting koi

Transporting koi safely from one pond to another or to a koi show. The potentially harmful effects of continued stress.

Oxygen in travel bags. For journeys significantly longer than an
hour in hot weather, there will be an advantage if the transport
water is cooled slightly by external ice packs.

Bags should be double bagged to give extra protection against leaks
and placed in either a box or a bin liner to cut out the light and hence reduce koi stress.

By identifying the potential hazards when transporting koi, we can
ensure that the risk of the hazards occurring can be kept to a minimum.

bagging and transporting koi fish

First, it is always a good idea to have all the equipment needed to transport your Koi fish on hand.

If you are having an emergency with your Koi, you may or may not
have time to make a trip to your local pet store to gather what you need.

The equipment needed to bag and transport Koi is small,and easily stored when not in use.

Koi fish , like any other pet, will have medical issues throughout its
life, especially since Koi have been known to have a lifespan of up to 30 years.

You contact the vet because you Koi is showing signs of injury or
illness, and unless you have a vet that does house calls, chances are the first thing they will say is “bring it in.”

Issues with your koi pond can arise, whether it is an emergency
move because your koi pond is placed into harm’sway by natural events or a planned move due to new construction.

No amount of planning can ensure that you will not have to move your Koi for one reason or another.

With the problems that arose from recent events such a Typhoons
and everyday events such as common illnesses, it is imperative that
you have a plan of action when it comes to your pride and joys.

No matter if it is an emergency or not, knowing how to properly bag
and transport your Koi fish could mean the difference between life and death.

Bags- You must have the proper bags on hand to transport Koi fish. Do not attempt to transport your Koi fish in trash or regular plastic
bags, as they are not designed for this, and may cause damage to your Koi fish .

Unless you remembered to keep the bags you brought your koi
home in originally, you will have to make a trip to your local pet store. Make sure to get bags sizable enough to hold your Koi fish.

Rubber Bands- You will need quite a few rubber bands for each bag you buy.

Make sure that your rubber bands are good quality, as you do not
want the pressure from the water to pop the rubber band in the middle of the transport.

Net- You will need to have a net sizeable enough to compete with your Koi fish .

You will never need the net to pull the Koi out of the water with, but
you will need it to lead and direct your Koi into the place you want them. Nets can potentially damage your Koi, especially as the larger they get.

Paint Bucket- A paint bucket is a better option for catching your Koi fish, as they cannot hurt your Koi like a net can. Make sure that your bucket is sizable enough to hold your Koi fish.

Bagging your Koi fish

The process of catching and bagging your Koi is actually pretty
simple as long you have the proper equipment available.

If you pond is large, you may want to consider enlisting the help of your friends when bagging your Koi.

Use the net to guide the Koi into the Paint Bucket. Once the Koi is in the paint bucket you can remove any excess water, and begin bagging the Koi.

Make sure that your check the bags for leaks. Once you are sure that the bag is secure, place the bag over the Koi fish from head to tail.

Make sure there is enough water in the bag to completely cover the gills. Leave plenty of air room so that the bag is not to heavy to carry.

Slip the rubber bands around the end of the bag and continue to double it until the bag is secure.

Place the bags horizontally in your transport container. Make sure that you do not bend the fish when lifting it.

Secure the bag so that it will not move with bumps and turns, and
cover the fish so that as little heat and sunlight can enter as possible.

How do you transport fish when moving?

Try to save 80% of the water from your tank.
Depending on the length of your trip, use either plastic bags or 5-
gallon buckets with water from the tank to transport your fish.
Make sure the bag/bucket has enough air for your fish.

How do you transport a pet fish?

Place your fish in plastic bags. Transport the fish in five-gallon buckets Put the fish in a container.

Transport the aquarium if it is small.

Transport your fish in an insulated, secure container. Choose a container large enough for your fish.

How do you move fish when you move house?

Remember NEVER move fish in their tank.Do not feed your fish
for at least 24 hours before moving, this will not harm the fish.

Fish should be transported in clean, strong, polythene bags part
filled with tank water. Gently place the bags into a polystyrene container.

How long do you leave fish in bag before putting in tank?

It’s important the bag is sealed tight, as your want your fish to stay
in its original water for the initial 15 minutes.

Simply set the bag on top of the water in the quarantine tank. The fish bag should float on the water’s surface. Set a timer for 15 minutes.

How do you transfer fish from bag to tank?

Allow the bag to sit for ten minutes, then open the bag and add a cup of your aquarium’s water to it.

Reseal the bag and let it float again for ten minutes. Repeat the previous step until the bag is full.

Then, you can use a net to transfer the fish from the bag into the tank.

What is a fish bag?

Fish Bag vs Fish Cooler. This can make larger coolers heavy to
carry without a friend to help, especially when loaded down with enough ice as well as fish.

A fish bag is typically made of a special type of foam and nylon webbing. They are able to keep fish fresh while maintaining very portable.

How long do you keep fish in the bag before putting them in the tank?

When you get home with the fish, put the plastic bag holding the
fish in your aquarium and let it float unopened for fifteen to twenty minutes.

You may want to take some of this time to re-arrange the decorations in your tank

How do you introduce fish to a new tank?

Once you get your quarantine tank set up, you can introduce your
new fish to the tank through acclimatization.

Start by placing the unopened plastic bag in the tank for 15-20 minutes.

After 15-20 minutes, open the bag and use a clean cup to scoop an equal amount of water from the tank into the plastic bag.

transporting koi
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Transportation is a huge thing for fish. When they’re in the delivery bag life is much harder for them.
Ammonia in the bag accumulates, the pH drops significantly, and
they are jarred around and shaken up.
That is never pleasant for a fish, and the number trips an imported
fish must take to get halfway across the globe is outrageous.
So frequency, intensity, and duration of travel is drastically
different for fish from Japan or fish from America.
Combine that with the strained immune systems of fish from
established lines, and you should begin to understand why
domestic fish have considerably higher survival rates in the first year.
Although it is not as common as trauma during transport, another
factor that distinguishes domestic fish from imports is their familiarity with different diseases.
When those foreign fish get on the ground, they are not accustomed to some of the diseases here.
Unlike the Japanese fish, our domestic fish have had generations to
become adapted to the bacteria, viruses and parasites commonly found in America.
The imported fish come over and go into some of our facilities and
they’ve never seen a particular nella or bodo or parasite.
When they’re exposed to it for the very first time, their immune
systems have built up no antibodies to defend against it and it ravages them.

How do you transport long distance koi?

It will slow their metabolism and it will prevent them from fouling the water with their waste while they are in the bag. Koi can be moved long distances with either a car or by being shipped on an airplane. They should be placed in bag that’s filled with pure oxygen and sealed with a rubber binder.

Can you move koi in the winter?

Leaving the Koi in the pond. You can leave your Koi in the pond during the winter, as long as it is at least four feet deep. … Koi will stop eating once the temperature gets below 50°F. They live off the fat their bodies have put on in the late spring and summer. Their movement will slow down, along with their metabolism

Can you transport fish on a plane?

“Most airlines allow tropical fish to come with you on the plane and will not charge you for carrying them. However, TSA is much less welcoming to fish. The new liquid volume limits are a challenge, but luckily bettas can survive for short periods of time in small volumes of water.

buhi water less live fish transport technology

buhi water less live fish transport technology

I was wondering if this technology is still being practice in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.

I personally have seen this display at Buglasan festival way back early 2000.

I think the Filipino inventor of this technology is a Filipino from Siquijor.

I tried searching the net to find any article that featured this technology since I am interested to learn this since it will be useful in my koi fish business transporting koi fish from distant places.

So I came upon on this site This was posted wayback in 2012. I was hoping that the contact information of the inventor here is still working.

Here’s the article below

Transporting live fish possible? Yes, it’s not magic but through hibernation. This is what the multi-awarded Filipino Scientist Bonifacio “Boni” Comandante Jr. said of transporting live fishes for many hours without water such as grouper, tiger prawn, shrimps, snapper, seabass, tilapia, pompano, milkfish, shellfish and crabs by using what he calls the “Buhi Waterless Live Fish Transport Technology”. He further said that given the favorable conditions of its environment (which is his trade secret), fishes hibernate or simply “sleeps” and then quickly awakes once brought back to water.

Waterless live fish transport technology
This waterless live fish transport technology promises to generate huge savings for the cost of live fish shipment where it will eliminate the use of water which consists of 75% of the weight, improve the survival and appearance of fishes in tanks, save on fresh fish shipment (50% on weight of ice), better fish meat quality in taste and appearance and minimize stress and prevent onset of Rigor Mortis or stiffening of the flesh.

This world-class inventor from Siquijor province even successfully tested the waterless live fish technology on salmon (10 to 12 hours of transport time), abalone (14 to 18 hours) and yellowfin tuna in his research works in Australia.

As president of Buhi Marine Worldwide Suply, Inc., his list of clients in the country includes Saranggani Farms, Vitarich and Century PG. His company provides service for live fish transport without water.

BFAR National Director Malcolm I. Sarmiento, Jr, said that this Waterless live fish transport technology is a major breakthrough for the fisheries sector having witnessed it with his own eyes although he said that continuous tests will be conducted to ensure that no harmful residues are found. The initial laboratory tests of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in validating this technology including necropsy and hispathology showed no traces of toxins or abnormalities on the fishes.

Moreover, BFAR Regional Director Dennis del Socorro intends to tie-up with Mr. Comandante’s technological innovations to be tested and introduced in Bicol Region. They made this agreement when they met recently when the latter presented his technology with Bicolano researchers and fisherfolk in Albay and Camarines Sur respectively.

Comandante is an Agricultural Engineer (2nd placer in the Licensure Exam) from University of the Philippines and holds Masters Degree in Economics from Asian Social Institute(ASI) and Costal Resources Management from Siliman University. He is also a candidate for PhD in Marine Biology and currently taking up PhD in Applied Cosmic Anthropology.

Among the awards he reaped for his innovations are: Finalist in the World Bank Development Market Place in Washington D.C., USA (2007); Winner at the Philippine Emerging Start-ups Open Biz Plan Challenge (2007); Winner at the World Bank Development Panibagong Paraan in Manila (2006); Pillar of Agricultural Development Award by the Department of Agriculture (2006); Inventor’s Award by the Galing Pilipino Movement (2006); Best International Business Award by the University of San Francisco USA (2005); Outstanding Creative Research Award by the Department of Science and Technology (2005); and Innovations Award by the Department of Trade and Industry (2005). He was also featured in the Go Negosyo Book of 2007 as one of the 50 Successful Filipino Entrepreneurs with inspiring stories. On June 6-9, 2009 he will participate as contestant on a research paper competition at the International Institute on Food Technologists in Anaheim, California, USA with his research work on Innovations for Philippine Hand Line Tuna Fishermen and the Sashimi Trade.

For more information email Dr. Comandante at [email protected]

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