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    Tategoi bobbysuzanna's Avatar
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    Transporting large koi

    Recently, there have been some very good articles on transporting koi to and from shows, but my concern is the really big fish, greater than 30 inches.
    I was hoping to take my tancho to some of the bigger shows next year like Orlando or the ZNA Potomac, but she is now over 30 inches and I've heard that the big girls don't travel as well.
    In the past, I have taken her to shows utilizing water treated with chloramx and bag buddies in a large cooler, double bagged with some ice bags to keep the temperature down, any other ideas?
    After seeing Flounder's post about losing a 32 inch kohaku only four hours from home, it gives me pause.
    These shows will be a good 6-8 hours from my home in Charlotte, maybe just stay closer to home?

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    The temps make a big difference. Traveling in 100 degrees weather is not recommended. Keep them cool with cool packs and in the air conditioned part of the car, not trunk.

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    Use Elbagin?

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    Use a transport tank.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ricshaw View Post
    Use a transport tank.

    use with pure oxygen that can last for the whole trip and dont forget to bring along some amquel plus.

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    The 'big girls ' as you put it , do need that bit extra. I would go with the double bagged route. Tried and tested.
    I would arrange for a halfway pit stop. Arrange for ice and take your own O2 bottle.
    Build an insulated box out of sheet made for insulating houses , the type that has foil on the sides,add ice bags ON TOP of fish.
    Point the koi across the vehicle not front to back ( point picked up on this site )
    Have some water container just in case of leaks.
    Sedate koi and take some for yourself !

    Good luck.
    Brian

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    sedate the koi?
    i question that.

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    You can find threads by Henry Culpepper on using Elbagin for transport. There is also a thread on the sling he designed with wide nylon strapping. The sling allows Henry to pick up a large bagged koi by himself and move the bag between pond or tank and a very large cooler.

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    The reason I said; "Use a transport tank" is because I have watch some people bring the big girls to a Koi show this way. No need for pure oxygen, regular air with air stones works fine.

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    Have thought about that but not sure I can justify the cost for four koi and one or two shows a year. Not to mention I would have to rent a truck!

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