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Need to rehome my fish :(

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I have two beautiful and playful goldfish (one common and one comet) and although I love them very much, I need to find a new home for them. I have to travel a lot and I don't think I can take care of them anymore. It is also possible that I will be moving to another country in the near future.

I was wondering if anyone here would be able to provide a home for them (assuming that you live in Connecticut or within driving distance). I would of course transport them to wherever you are and would be happy to give you the aquarium, aquarium stand, filter, etc that I'm using for them right now. Also, if I can't find anyone on this site that can take them, what are my options? I definitely do not want to take them to a pet store.

Sorry if this is not the right place to post this, please feel free to move my post to the right forum.

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wish you were closer ;)

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You might check and see if there happens to be a koi rescue group near you. I had to rehome my fish and was in the same place you are--no one I knew wanted to adopt them and I absolutely did not want to take them to a pet store to be resold. I found a guy who did koi rescue by an absolute stroke of serendipity. (His girlfriend came to my garage sale and asked if I had any fish themed decorations, and I started talking about my fish. Unbelievable stroke of luck--I thanked the gods profusely for this!) He took my fish and actually set them up in a big tank in his own house, and I felt completely comfortable giving them into his care. If there is a group like that, or a koi society you could reach out to, you may be able to find someone who you would feel good about rehoming them to. Good luck--I really hope it works out for you.

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I too wish you were closer :( If you cannot find a home over Koko's, you could put an ad on craigslist. I would not advertise that the tank etc come with the fish, so you don't get someone who pretends he wants the fish, but in reality only wants the tank and equipment and gets rid of the fish.

How big are the fish? If they are larger, then giving them to a pet store might not be THAT bad. They would probably sell them for more money, and people usually do not buy large goldfish to put them in small bowls. You know, people who keep fish bowls usually do not spend $ 30 on a fish. :)

Maybe you know someone with a pond? Or know someone who knows someone with a pond? You could also call local zoos and public gardens if they have a koi pond and if they would accept these two fish as donation. :)

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I wish I had room for them :( (I'm in VT, but cannot have any more than my 2 unfortunately)

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I wish I had room for them :( (I'm in VT, but cannot have any more than my 2 unfortunately)

I'm in VT too, I have room, just my situation is problematic to make a long story short. At best I'd take them in until some one else could take them as I don't think I'd be able to care for five goldfish long term.

I wouldn't suggest putting for free on craigslist, someone will take the tank and "dump" the fish. Given they are singletails, who knows what will happen to them then.

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Thank you for your advice everyone. Just FYI, for those interested in taking them in, I could probably drive to a locaton up to 2 hours away from New Haven.

My goldfish are 4-4.5 inches (including tail). Do you think they would make it in a pond? I know that ponds have larger temperature and pH fluctuations throughout the day. I would also be worried about them overwintering...

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I think they would be quite happy in a well-cared for pond :)

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Goldfish overwinter just fine in ponds as long as it is deep enough not to freeze to the bottom. Of course you can't put them in a pond now. You need to wait until the water temp is up to about 60. They'll be fine next winter.

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I haven't been on here in forever, but I live in Connecticut. When I move in May I'm going to have a pond, so I've been thinking about getting single-tails to transfer over then.

Maybe we can talk?

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There is a koi/goldfish pond garden center close to you, maybe they can take them in? Although it is winter and I don't see how it would work with such a large temp acclimation but if you can wait till the summer. There is one close to me that could take em but I live on the complete opposite side of CT next to the casinos. I would help but I am chock full of comets and commons that I have tried unsuccessfully to rehome!

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Update: I have been able to find a very nice pond close to where I live. The owner seems knowledgeable and the pond looks well kept.

I need some advice though... The water chemistry in the pond is very different from my aquarium. She uses well water - the pH is about 7.4-7.6 and it's very very soft (GH<30 ppm). My aquarium has a pH of 8-8.2 and a GH of 200-220 ppm (my tap water is soft too but I use additives to keep it hard in the aquarium).

I was planning to move them in a bucket and add pond water to the bucket slowly so that they acclimate, but I'm worried that it will still be too big of a change. Should I gradually make my water softer in my aquarium (although I can't decrease the KH/pH too much because then I'll worry about pH crashes)?

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