Transporting koi safely from one pond to another or to a koi show. The potential 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 harms way 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 properl 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
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.
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.