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nonamethefish
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PostPosted: 2003.06.03(Tue)21:54    Post subject: Self producing goldfish pond? Reply with quote

I've been watching the ponds goldfish for several days, and each morning I've noticed some spawing activity. They will "go crazy" swimming around in the shallows, jumping etc. When I go over to the spot they have been, I noticed many little globules scattered on the plants. Their are 4 goldfish, and it seems that they make 2 pairs. They are about 4-5 inches long, and I purchased them as feeders in 4th grade(I'm now in 7th)


I was wondering if anyone has been able to make it so the pond would produce a couple of young uns instead of them all being eaten.

Thanks in advance.
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SherryNE
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PostPosted: 2003.06.03(Tue)22:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, you'll almost certainly have some survivors, especially if you have plants available for shelter.
You won't get "true to type" fish, though, unless you remove the eggs and super carefully cull the fry.
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The Old Salt
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PostPosted: 2003.06.03(Tue)22:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my goldfish pools has over 40 fish in it, but it started with six.
Given ample cover the fry can hide well enough to ensure that some survive.

I put a bunch of super-fancy breeders in another pond, but the production hasn't been very good. I'm not getting many fish, and most of what I do get is junk. There are some striking beauties in the bunch, though, including some which are a gorgeous orange-brown. They look like pieces of velvet brought to life and swimming.

The point is that yes, it's not too hard to get some survivors without even trying, and if you try you can increase their number dramatically., which will also give you a greater number of GOOD fish.
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ophie
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PostPosted: 2003.06.08(Sun)21:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have heavy planting as well as some large (like 1" diameter) pea gravel, into which the fry can go and hide without being pursued by the adults. Just thought I'd mention the latter. I have more fry living than I want-- and lots of them are the blah ones...

Now the problem here is that I can't catch them for the pea gravel either, and I want them out of there. Way too many fish. Wink
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nonamethefish
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PostPosted: 2003.06.08(Sun)21:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it seems that my eggs have it a "little" harder. The goldfish have escorts!

I observed the paradise fish following close behind the goldfish, no doubt grabbing some caviar. The mystery minnow also appears to eat the eggs, wiggling in right next to the pair(s).


Lets just hope I'm not overrun..... Wink
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