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I've got a dilemma. I'm living away from my parent's place for school and I got a 40-gallon with 4 beautiful fish; however, I've got no clue what to do during the summer.

Summer stretches from June 16 to September 23. I think I want to go back to my parents' house for that break and I'm hoping that I might have a nice convenient job waiting for me (yay for money!).

:( What am I going to do with my fishies? I love them and I don't really want to leave them. But there's no one who could possibly care for them (my roommates will be long gone during this time) and there's no way to transport them to my parents' home (they certainly don't have the space or the equipment).

Do you guys have any suggestions? Any 3-month holiday plans? Should I just give them away to (hopefully) loving homes?

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What about bringing your filter, air pump etc. as well as the fish and housing them in a rubbermaid over the summer?

Hm, again, transportation becomes an issue. However, this would be awesome if my family could visit a little while and then we could all ride in the truck together. :D My fish could hang out in the back during the ride!

But then, there'd be the return trip. Hm... I don't think my parents would be able to make the trip to my place again, and I'd have to fly. :cry If they catch me with my fish on the plane they'll flush them! They really will!!

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What about bringing your filter, air pump etc. as well as the fish and housing them in a rubbermaid over the summer?

Hm, again, transportation becomes an issue. However, this would be awesome if my family could visit a little while and then we could all ride in the truck together. :D My fish could hang out in the back during the ride!

But then, there'd be the return trip. Hm... I don't think my parents would be able to make the trip to my place again, and I'd have to fly. :cry If they catch me with my fish on the plane they'll flush them! They really will!!

Awww I was hoping you'd be able to do the drive back.. :(

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One last thing a lot of Koi Centers house fish over the Winter. I know most house goldies as well and will keep them in their own seperate tank and the prices aren't too bad. Perhaps you could find a Koi Center who would house your fish over the summer?

There are a lot of smart cookies on this board. I'm sure we'll help you figure a way. :D

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One last thing a lot of Koi Centers house fish over the Winter. I know most house goldies as well and will keep them in their own seperate tank and the prices aren't too bad. Perhaps you could find a Koi Center who would house your fish over the summer?

There are a lot of smart cookies on this board. I'm sure we'll help you figure a way. :D

*squeal* Really? I hope there's one near me. :heart

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(;_ ;) The koi center was a no-go. The best advice they had was pond-sitters, but I need someone experienced with aquarium sitting.

Or you could mail them to your parents house.

call the LFS for bags & oxygen

Or have them travel on the plane in the Cargo hold's pet section

I don't think they allow fish in the cargo hold, especially after the whole liquid scare. Those airport security people are very very strict. :(

Let's see, if the plan of driving to my parents' house at the beginning of summer works, flying back and mailing my fish may be okay. *shiver* But it's so scary to think of all the things that could go wrong during the shipping process.

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Sorry I cant give you any help but I really hope you find a solution that means you keep your beloved fish.Do any Kokos members live near you who might help out

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Sorry I cant give you any help but I really hope you find a solution that means you keep your beloved fish.Do any Kokos members live near you who might help out

Hm, I'm not sure. I don't think a lot of members are updating on the Frappr. :P

Anyone in the San Diego area that may be able to take care of a few goldfish during the summer? I could bring all the equipment if needed! :heart

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Sometimes librarys or local schools might take them if you had a contact with someone who works there first..but I know it is not ideal as you don't want to part with your fish for ever...mmmm

Another idea might be to take them home and ask your parents to adopt them..(still there to love when you go back on vacations) but I know most parents may not reallybe into changing water and so on mmmm

Is there a friendly cooking staff, janitor or someone on the school premise over the summer that you could pay to look after them/take them in for a few months. Money talks :)

Difficult one. I hope it can be solved. The best thing is you are brainstorming it now, well ahead of time so you have the best chance of covering all possible possibles. Fingers crossed for you and your fish.

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Eek the cat thats sucks.

It might be worth a try going to your local aquatic specialists or giving them a call and ask if they could mind them? Youd probably need to pay them if they were willing to do it but still.

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Nenn what a shame you are in this situation. Unfortunately rehoming them will be your only option unless you can get someone to "watch" them while you are gone that long.

There is no way to set them up to be left that long unattended. The others have giving you some good leads, hopefully one will pan out for you.

Even if you have to consider taking them with you and finding homes there is another idea.

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Thanks for your support guys! :heart

I heard that an acqaintance of mine is staying in the area for the summer, so I'm thinking of harassing him into taking care of my fish. I'll even be giving him some financial compensation for it. :D

Hopefully it'll be okay. Right now I think he has one or two cats, but I think if I setup a rubbermaid bin with a lid (as long as he's okay with fishsitting), the cats will live the fish well enough alone.

*crosses fingers*

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Be careful with trusting your fish to someone! Eric could tell you all about the terrible things that happened to his amazing fish, Punch. Make sure they understand how important your fish are to you and all the details for taking care of them.

I'm leaving my fish in the care of my mom over the summer while I'm in Japan and I'm going to leave her

-Calendars for the time I'm gone with the water changes and cleaning scheduled in so she knows how often to do it

-Drawings and descriptions of Fishies Gone Wrong

(ie: what fin rot/dropsy/SBD/etc look like physically and behaviorally)

-What medicine to use if something DOES go wrong and where to find it

So you might want to set up a little packet for him like that to make it easier for him.

Meanwhile, I never thought about the fish on a plane issue! Ack. I'm planning on living in Japan eventually and already decided that my fish are coming with me. Darnit. I wonder how they'll get there?

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Be careful with trusting your fish to someone! Eric could tell you all about the terrible things that happened to his amazing fish, Punch. Make sure they understand how important your fish are to you and all the details for taking care of them.

I'm leaving my fish in the care of my mom over the summer while I'm in Japan and I'm going to leave her

-Calendars for the time I'm gone with the water changes and cleaning scheduled in so she knows how often to do it

-Drawings and descriptions of Fishies Gone Wrong

(ie: what fin rot/dropsy/SBD/etc look like physically and behaviorally)

-What medicine to use if something DOES go wrong and where to find it

So you might want to set up a little packet for him like that to make it easier for him.

Meanwhile, I never thought about the fish on a plane issue! Ack. I'm planning on living in Japan eventually and already decided that my fish are coming with me. Darnit. I wonder how they'll get there?

Don't worry. I'm SUPER particular about the way my fish are cared for. He's going to get a huge OWNER'S MANUAL if he agrees to care for my fish! :D

As far as you going to Japan, I'd be really worried. Won't airport security take it away, especially if it's international? :(

If you contact someone about it, be sure to call both the AIRLINE COMPANY and the AIRPORT SECURITY and see what their protocols are. Sometimes the company is okay with fish, but most of the time the actual airport will be a LOT more strict.

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