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Old 05-11-2011, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Between Seattle and Portland
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A house with a small outdoor koi-style pond that I pass on my daily walks went into foreclosure while I was gone for two weeks, and a large commercial trash receptacle was parked in the driveway to clean up the mess left by the tenants.

When that was picked up and carried away and the For-Sale sign went up, I peeked into the pond and saw at least half a dozen small (4-6 inches in length) orange and brown fish dart away to hide under the lava rock and decaying pond plants. (The pond is sited out from any overhangs so it gets fresh water from all the rain we've been having.)

Not knowing a thing about fish as pets (my only goldfish pet as a first-grader a million years ago went belly-up the first week), I was concerned and called the realtor who had the listing. His reaction was along the lines of "not our concern."

So no one will be feeding these little fish. That bothers me. They shouldn't just be left there to die because of idiot humans. Or does my ignorance cover up the fact that they'll be just fine with whatever insects they can catch that land on the pond surface?

The water will eventually go bad and/or evaporate when we get into summer.

I already experimented with trying to catch one in a cup and they darted into the lava rock nooks and crannies where I'll never be able to reach them. The pond (about 3 feet by 6) would have to be drained to recover them.

What should I do? I can't just ignore them like everybody else has.
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:35 PM
 
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can you dismantle the lava rock? The koi are easy to catch with pellets and a net. they eat like pigs.

I don't know where you would keep them though, they can grow more than ten inches in a year. You may try putting adds on craigslist to see if someone wants them. They will be able to come with buckets and nets and scoop them up themselves.

I was walking by an abandoned house once and saw a pond at the back. I walked around and saw that birds were in the pond just picking out fish. These were huge fish in just inches of water so all the birds had to do was stab. because the fish were big the birds couldn't eat all of the carcasses and there were dead fish all over the yard. I had to walk all the way home to get a bucket and a net and walk all the way back and then walk home again with the rescued fish.
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:35 PM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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Call the local SPCA. They actually do rescue fish, at least the one around here did.
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:37 PM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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can you dismantle the lava rock? The koi are easy to catch with pellets and a net. they eat like pigs.

I don't know where you would keep them though, they can grow more than ten inches in a year. You may try putting adds on craigslist to see if someone wants them. They will be able to come with buckets and nets and scoop them up themselves.

I was walking by an abandoned house once and saw a pond at the back. I walked around and saw that birds were in the pond just picking out fish. These were huge fish in just inches of water so all the birds had to do was stab. because the fish were big the birds couldn't eat all of the carcasses and there were dead fish all over the yard. I had to walk all the way home to get a bucket and a net and walk all the way back and then walk home again with the rescued fish.
Not a good idea, taking them without permission could be considered theft. Need to do things the right way.
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:42 PM
 
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Not a good idea, taking them without permission could be considered theft. Need to do things the right way.
pfffft they were abandoned.
The right way is saving those poor things
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:09 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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in terms of food, they will eat algea, insect, the plants and prettyuch anythign that makes the mstake of being small enough to swallow and getting close to the waters surface...

however they are at risk form the pond evaporating if your prone to long hot dry summers.

personally since the agent has no concern, id personally try and catch them...a big net (pool nets work great) a large bucket, and as the water level drops in the summer itll get easier, if you can dismantle the rock their hiding in that will help. offer them for free on craigslist to knowledgable people with a pond...

if however you tend to get rain year round, the fish should be fine...
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:30 PM
 
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See, Foxy is on board
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:38 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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if this was a dog or cat id say call the authorities, but few places will "rescue" fish and as the water level drops there at risk fo death, not to mention theyre at risk every day from birds, racoons (who LOVE to fish) neighborhood cats ect...

if anyone says anything...well there outside with little to no protection, its not unusual for pond fish to dissapear a few at a time to hungry racoons ect...
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:08 PM
 
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Try a minnow trap if the fish are small enough. You can get them online or at most bait shops. Maybe donate it to the shelter when you are done.

I can take the rock out of my ponds so I use 4' x 8' seines to catch the fish in the fall. Many bait shops and sporting goods stores also carry seines.
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Old 05-12-2011, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Between Seattle and Portland
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Lots of great advice and suggestions -- thanks!

Hubby and I are going over there today to get the specific address and the condition of the pond to report to the SPCA. (That was really a good idea I would have never considered!) If they're not interested, then we'll try to connect with someone on our local CL who might be.

It just makes me feel a little bit better that all of you care like I do, even if they're "only fish."

People who abandon living creatures of any species just burn my butt.
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