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New Pond.. Can Anyone Reccomend Some Fish?!
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newyorkdoll
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PostPosted: 2004.03.22(Mon)17:41    Post subject: New Pond.. Can Anyone Reccomend Some Fish?! Reply with quote

hey, we just installed a tiny pond in our backyard. I know NOTHING about ponds but I do have a book. I live in las vegas so it gets pretty hot here in the summer, the pond is surrounded by some leafy sun-loving plants so they will grow over it and provide shade to keep the water cool in the summer. the pond itself is about 1.5 - 2 feet deep, but is very narrow. probably 1 foot wide and 3 feet long, kidney bean shaped. it has a water fall flowing into it from a smaller, shallower, pond with more surface area.

the larger, lower pond holds about 40 gallons of water, and we are going to cover the bottom of both ponds with pond stones, and planting them with probably duck weed (for shade for the fish, and to reduce algage) as well as a hardly lily of some sort for visual appeal.

I was thinking about throwing in some comets in the pond, but I know they get quite large and am afraid they would not be cmfortable in their home. the pond is quite small so I know koi are out of the question (unless there is some type of miniature koi lol)

so far all I can think of to put in there is an apple snail. how would he do in those conditions?

I would really like a fish of some sort. what about some feeder fish just to see how they do? any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. please let me know if you have any additional quesitons baout my pond! thanks!!
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PostPosted: 2004.03.25(Thu)23:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

A reccomendation would be the rosy red minnow, often sold as feeder fish at pet stores. These get to about 2 inches, and sport a nice pinkish yellow color. Interesting breeding behavior and very prolific. Provide some pieces of slate or other low overhangs(caves) for spawning. More active thne goldfish, they should put some liveliness into your little pond.
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PostPosted: 2004.03.25(Thu)23:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a feeder fish, but I'd spring for paradisefish. Smile Very brightly colored guys!
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PostPosted: 2004.04.01(Thu)22:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

definelatley mosquito fish! boy do they help out a lot
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PostPosted: 2004.04.12(Mon)3:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wakin are beautiful fish, they look like comets in body but have a twin tail like fancy goldies, great pond fish. for 40 gallons you could put 2 or 3 wakin in, maybe 4 with very good filtration:

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PostPosted: 2004.04.27(Tue)22:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a smaller pond with goldfish and a larger pond wiht goldfish and misquito fish.
They do GREAT! goldfish seem to grow to fit the sze of their home. WE put around 10 small feeder fish(goldfish) in my big pond and in a summer I had atleast 150 good size goldfish. In my small pond we have around 20 medium size goldfish. They are very hardy and look great!
The temperature should be no problem because I live in California and it gets VERY hot here, doesn't seem to bother my fish if they have sopme shade or a rock hideout.
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PostPosted: 2004.04.30(Fri)20:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could go with three to four koi ranging in size from 3-5 inches . Koi are a very colourful addition to any pond small or large.Just remember to provide them with a good diet , provide some shade from the sun and any other predators , and proper filtration.

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