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nonamethefish
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PostPosted: 2003.04.19(Sat)12:40    Post subject: Aquarium fish as pond fish Reply with quote

Has anyone ever tried cold tolerant fish in a pond? I've heard they grow bigger and show more vibrant colors. I think it'd be pretty amusing to watch a rosy barb swim alongside a couple goldfish.

Any experience and or suggestions?
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The Old Salt
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PostPosted: 2003.04.19(Sat)17:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do it all the time down here in the deep south. You can do it in colder climates, too, but not all year long. Pay attention to the temperature and you should be okay.
Yes, the fish usually wind up looking spectacular, and young ones grow like crazy.
Those of you with Red Terrors may want to consider this. Real sunlight makes them color up in ways you can otherwise only imagine!
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PostPosted: 2003.04.19(Sat)17:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have maintaining several aquarium fishes in my pond for several years. Here, S
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PostPosted: 2003.04.20(Sun)8:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats about the same here(CA)...we get frost however.

From that list....the one that surprises me the most is the guppies.
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PostPosted: 2003.04.20(Sun)13:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is not so strange. Although native from north of South America, the guppy was introduced in the SE Brazil in the beginning of the last century for its larvophagous properties, were it adapted well. The problem is that we already have 2 common species of livebearers here, Poecilia vivipara and Phalloceros caudimaculatus (pics in this order), and are at least as good eating mosquito larvae as guppy and the guppy compete with both and, in some places, have hybridized with them.


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PostPosted: 2003.04.20(Sun)20:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find all of this interesting, but does anyone know of any fish that have been kept year round temps go from 100f to 5f, any fish that you know of other thank goldfish and koi that can survive these temperature swings, I know that there are other fish that can do it in large ponds, but how about in something that is 175gallons?
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PostPosted: 2003.04.22(Tue)9:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bet white clouds and dojo loaches would be OK.
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PostPosted: 2003.04.22(Tue)21:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

May not be aquarium fish but you could put like Bass Trout and Blue gill in there later you could go fishing

Basically anything in the lakes around your place
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PostPosted: 2003.06.08(Sun)13:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

try rosy reds they survive almost anything but the pond freezing solid Exclamation Surprised Laughing
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PostPosted: 2003.06.20(Fri)10:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't put trout in, as the high temps might kill them. Many species of trout are endangered because power plants raise their water temp just a few degrees and they are used to water coming from freezing cold springs with a bunch of oxygen. I don't know how they would do but I wouldn't try it. If you did make sure there was a lot or aeration and plants as trout need a lot of dissolved oxygen and when the water temp is 100 F there isn't gonna be much oxygen in there.
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