AUBURN, CA - A woman who stocked her pond with eight koi a dozen years ago is now wondering what to do with a population that has grown to an estimated 2,000 fish.
"I have a big problem," said Joan Levy. "I need to get rid of the fish."
Levy wants to drain the pond, but doesn't want to kill the koi.
West Sacramento koi breeder and dealer Anthony Quintero of Koi Enterprise said koi reproduce rapidly and can eventually overwhelm a residential pond.
"We hear that a lot," said Quintero. "It's actually a very common occurrence."
Koi is a carefully bred ornamental carp originally from Japan that can sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Quintero said Levy is unlikely sitting on a gold mine because her koi have been allowed to breed indiscriminately.
"She may have 2,000 (ordinary) carp," he said.