Considerations for your Outdoor Fish Pond - Water on the Rocks
Indoor Fish Pond I brought my outdoor fish pond to the indoor for the winter
Goldfish should never share a pond with tropical fish. Tropical fish cannot survive in most outdoor ponds over the winter. Additionally, goldfish tend to grow larger and faster than most common tropical aquarium fish, turning tropical fish from tank mates to prey. Additionally, goldfish and tropical fish come from different areas and climates. This causes goldfish and tropical fish to have resistances to different diseases, allowing them to be carriers for diseases that can kill each other. Do not keep goldfish in a pond with tropical fish.
How to Set Up an Outdoor Fish Pond. Part of the series: Aquariums, Ponds & Fish Care. Setting up an outdoor fish pond requires digging a hole at least 4 feet in depth in the center with a 2-foot deep perimeter. Create the proper environment for fish in an outdoor pond with instructions from a koi breeder and aquarium specialist in this free video on fish care. Read more:
Search Fish For Outdoor Pond Get Results from 6 Engines at Once
Fish For Outdoor Ponds 70% Off Free shipping, in stock. Buy now!
Plecostomus (Hypostomus plecostomus) are a type of catfish and are often introduced into the pond as algae eaters. They do little more than other pond fish in this respect. These fish are tropical and will not survive the winter in an outdoor pond. Despite purchasing this fish at 3" long and thinking that you can bring it in to an aquarium for the winter, they will quickly grow in a water garden. Full grown plecostomus reach 24" in length (better have a big aquarium.) Commercially available fish best suited for outdoor pond life across most of the temperate US are the closely related and similar-looking koi and goldfish. Prize winning koi can be valued in the thousands of dollars, and even small koi tend to be more expensive than similarly sized goldfish, so you may wish to stick with goldfish to keep expenses down. Moreover, you might consider so-called feeder fish; especially if your local fish dealer will allow you to pick and choose. This year, I purchased some feeders for 39 cents each at a large national pet store chain - many of them barely distinguishable from the $3.99 Sarassa red and white comets in a nearby tank.Rather than a costly pre-formed pond, consider a heavy waterproof tarp, or a plastic half barrel, available in garden stores. I use the half barrel, which cost under $50 and has steep enough sides to discourage predators like cats and raccoons. The next important consideration is location. The pond should ideally be within reach of a garden hose to facilitate fill-ups. Ideally, it should also be accessible an outdoor electric outlet. You will need to set up an aeration/filtration system, unless you're planning to have very few fish (which few people are satisfied with). The pond should be in a partially sunny location. Too MUCH sun will encourage algae growth, making it resemble a large vat of pea soup. On the other hand, it's aesthetically pleasing to have the sun shining right to the bottom of the pond occasionally. Also, if you place it under a tree, you'll spend a lot of time removing leaves and other tree debris from the water. Finally, it should be in a place where it's safe to dig, i.e. no underground pipes, wires, etc. Digging the hole is the hardest past of the job.For many gardeners, overwintering fish can create a great deal of anxiety, but with some helpful advice, it can really be quite do-able. You can choose to leave the fish outdoors if you have an in-ground pool or pond, or you can choose to take your fish indoors. When the water temperature reaches 42 degrees, goldfish and koi will go into a natural state of hibernation. At this point, if you wish to overwinter your fish outdoors, you can remove the pump from the pond, and stop feeding the fish. Goldfish and koi are naturally cold-water fish, and as long as the pool or pond does not freeze solid, the fish will do fine.