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 Post subject: Fish ponds
PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:28 
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So, we have one and not much idea about what to do with it. There are eight goldfish in it, and I believe we are not supposed to feed them when it goes below 10C. We have what I believe is a UV filter and I can download the pdf instructions for that, so not too concerned. But other than that, is there anything else we should know or be doing?


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 Post subject: Re: Fish ponds
PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:34 
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 Post subject: Re: Fish ponds
PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:39 
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Aww, that would be lovely Dave, you would make their pond bigger! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Fish ponds
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 Post subject: Re: Fish ponds
PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 13:05 
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They pretty much look after themselves once they're established, just take out dead leaves and things that fall in there and remove anything that starts over-growing, if the water stops flowing well then the pump filter is probably blocked. We had some koi in ours but they got too big so we sold them and now there's a nice community of frogs in there.


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 Post subject: Re: Fish ponds
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Aww, that would be lovely Dave, you would make their pond bigger! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Fish ponds
PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 13:15 
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Have you got four giant dog turds in the garden though?

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 Post subject: Re: Fish ponds
PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 13:25 
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At this time of year, you should have a look at the pond pump systems and clean out the filter. Also, you mentioned a UV filter, in mine, there is a bulb that does this and its always popped by early February so if you have similar then look at changing that, any Maidenhead Aquatics shop will have the bulbs.

Your fish look good and as mentioned when established will look after themselves, I have food as well and chuck a handful in a couple of times a week.

At this time of year, I can't tell from your picture what aquatic plants you might have in there, the pond does look very open so maybe think of a rock formation the fish can hide under to avoid the Heron? I've had my pond cleaned out twice by our local one.

Nice natural looking pond :)


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 Post subject: Re: Fish ponds
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Thanks Markg and Asfish, that makes me feel a bit better.

I had done some reading around, but it felt really wrong to not be feeding them!

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 Post subject: Re: Fish ponds
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We had some koi in ours but they got too big so we sold them and now there's a nice community of frogs in there.

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We had some koi in ours but they got too big so we sold them and now there's a nice community of frogs in there.

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 Post subject: Re: Fish ponds
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Our pond has newts and dragonfly larvae in it. It's awesome.

We should fix the pump though.


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 Post subject: Re: Fish ponds
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I have a pond full of newts that look after themselves. One day I'm going to fill it in.


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 Post subject: Re: Fish ponds
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Yeah, that's the spirit! What have these newts ever done for us? Nothing.. That's what!


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 Post subject: Re: Fish ponds
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BikNorton wrote:
Our pond has newts and dragonfly larvae in it. It's awesome.

We should fix the pump though.


I have a separate pond for wildlife, a few years ago I had fish in both, I found frogs where trying to kill my goldfish as they would eat their spawn.

I found a frog who had got onto the top of one fish and was holding it at the bottom of the pond.

So all the fish went into one pond and every year I move frogspawn and any frogs I find into the wildlife pond, this is getting less of an activity each year.

Still have newts in with the fish.


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Yeah, that's the spirit! What have these newts ever done for us? Nothing.. That's what!

Newts are newt the problem, get those frogeiners out!
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 Post subject: Re: Fish ponds
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BikNorton wrote:
Our pond has newts and dragonfly larvae in it. It's awesome.

We should fix the pump though.


I have a separate pond for wildlife, a few years ago I had fish in both, I found frogs where trying to kill my goldfish as they would eat their spawn.

I found a frog who had got onto the top of one fish and was holding it at the bottom of the pond.

So all the fish went into one pond and every year I move frogspawn and any frogs I find into the wildlife pond, this is getting less of an activity each year.

Still have newts in with the fish.

You think the frogs set about murdering the goldfish in a quest for revenge over their spawn?


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I have a pond full of newts that look after themselves. One day I'm going to fill it in.

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BikNorton wrote:
Our pond has newts and dragonfly larvae in it. It's awesome.

We should fix the pump though.


I have a separate pond for wildlife, a few years ago I had fish in both, I found frogs where trying to kill my goldfish as they would eat their spawn.

I found a frog who had got onto the top of one fish and was holding it at the bottom of the pond.

So all the fish went into one pond and every year I move frogspawn and any frogs I find into the wildlife pond, this is getting less of an activity each year.

Still have newts in with the fish.


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 Post subject: Re: Fish ponds
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You think the frogs set about murdering the goldfish in a quest for revenge over their spawn?


That's what I read online at the time, they said that the frogs will try and blind the fish

Now all I can find is people saying that the frog is mistaking the fish for a lady frog and will "hop off" in a few days once it realizes its mistake :)


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 Post subject: Re: Fish ponds
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We think we have about 10 babies! :o

How do you know if there are too many fish in the pond? We now have at least 20. ?:|


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It's ok. The pond grows to the number of fish you have, I believe.

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It's ok. The pond grows to the number of fish you have, I believe.

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We think we have about 10 babies! :o

How do you know if there are too many fish in the pond? We now have at least 20. ?:|


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We think we have about 10 babies! :o

How do you know if there are too many fish in the pond? We now have at least 20. ?:|


Nice to see you have the obligatory Tesco plastic bag in there, just like all the big ponds and lakes in public parks. But you do need to add a couple of empty Foster's cans.

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We think we have about 10 babies! :o

How do you know if there are too many fish in the pond? We now have at least 20. ?:|


Nice to see you have the obligatory Tesco plastic bag in there, just like all the big ponds and lakes in public parks. But you do need to add a couple of empty Foster's cans.

We didn't dare remove it incase it upset anything. Although the pond has gone so crazy you can't see it any more. In fact, you can't really see much of anything!

So, we are going to do some diagnosis Breaking Bad style.


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 Post subject: Re: Fish ponds
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Oh yeah, I've started the process of getting rid of my pond. Because of the hot weather, it's mostly dried out so I've dug a load of sludge out and drilled some holes in the bottom of one section. It's very substantial and is going to take some getting rid of.


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