Just want to say thanks for all the help given. I've been fish shopping today and now have 5 yellow comets, 5 red and white sarasas and 5 orange and white sarasas. I'd like to add some red comets too at some point.
Well I'm used to 50 - 60% weekly water changes so I have no problem with that.
Why would aquaria stocking differ from indoor pond stocking? The only difference is the "tank" is plastic instead of glass.I know of people with the same size in glass actually so it would seem odd if their stocking had to be different from mine just because of the material.
I'm not suggesting I'd actually want 21 fish, just working it out based on the guide on this site :)
Afraid the fancies don't appeal to me. Perhaps I'd be better posting in the fishy section rather than the pond one.
Just found the answer to my stocking question though.
This site says Quote:
Common Goldfish: 40 gallons (48 US gallons, 180 litres) for the first fish with an extra 12 gallons (14 US gallons, 55 litres) for each extra fish. The tank needs to have a minimum length of 4 feet (120cm) to allow swimming room. Single tail goldfish are more suited to a pond when they are near full size to give them swimming room.
So if my maths are correct that would mean:
1300L (my pond) - 180L 1st fish = 1120L
1120L / 55L = 20.36, rounded down to 20 fish + 1st fish = 21 common goldfish?
GH = 10 KH = between 3 and 6 (hard to tell) PH = between 7.6 and 8 (come up as a light pink) Temperature is anywhere from room temp to whatever it needs to be as I have 2x 500w titanium heaters. My other indoor pond which is at room temp is reading 20C
As to what tropicals I've tried. I moved my fish from my tank to the pond. Since rehomed my Silver Dollars as they were too thin from above to be seen properly. Rehomed my Tiger Oscar as he was mostly black from the top and vanished in the black pond. At the moment I have some polypterus in there which are fine to see but do very little except sit on the bottom.
I've looked at rays but they're very pricey and can be quite sensitive. Also looked at big snakeheads, giant gourami and arowana but personally I think they'll just get too big.