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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-16-2011, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Getting a pond!

SO excited! While we are renovating our house we are also going to get a pond! It is going to be 13 feet x 5 feet x 2.5 feet. I would love some information on kois and goldfish and pond keeping. Any advice and websites would be greatly appreciated. I don't want to set anything up wrong.
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We have a pond section on TFK, our parent site. You might want to ask questions there.
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Will do. I just seems like this site gets more attention :)
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I have a pond which we've always kept koi and goldfish in. :) If you have any questions, you can ask me and I'll try my best to answer them. :3

I personally prefer koi over goldfish, because a) Koi are very friendly fish, I've taught mine to eat out of my hand. :) b) They come in a much bigger variety of colours and grow larger and c) Goldfish reproduce like rabbits in ponds. We've gotten over 100 babies at one time before. :P

If you're going to get goldfish, I would recommend to get either common goldfish, comet goldfish, or shubunkin. The fancy types don't usually do well in ponds, as they can't compete well with single-tailed fish for food (if there are other varieties in the pond) and it's harder for them to escape predators. Fancy goldfish by themselves would probably be okay with netting.

It's a good idea if you live in a very warm area to have some shade over the pond. This can also help protect from birds, as they won't be able to see your pond/ fish from the air.

And if you live in a cold area where the pond might freeze during the winter, you'll need either a pump or a heater to keep it from freezing.

Here's a good website with lots of information on koi: http://www.nishikigoi-info.com/index.html

Most of it that isn't specifically discussing koi can be applied to goldfish as well.
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Great! Thanks so much. I recently read that they need at least three feet of water somewhere so they can hibernate in the winter. My pond is only going to be 2.5 feet deep, do you think this is okay?
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Lupin knows everything about goldfish. You could pm him and ask questions.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-17-2011, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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I pmed him about three days ago but he never replied.
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I think you could probably get away with 2.5 feet, especially since it says you live in Texas which doesn't have very cold winters, am I correct? I live in Canada and only have a three foot depth, and they're fine. :)
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Yeah the winters here are mild but there are those few weeks where it gets down to like 20-25. I can get a de icer or heater though.
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Yes, that would be a good idea. :)
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