Just a quick update to say that we're nearly a week and the foursome are doing really well in the pond - they've made friends with the existing five fish and thankfully not shown much interest in the newts and the frog :D
I didn't post on here all that much but when I did you were all super helpful with advice regarding the four goldfish I rescued off freecycle last October (well three from freecycle and one from a family friend).
Wanda, Goldie, Kurt and Boris were all successfully relocated to the outside pond this weekend and judging by the dashing about they're doing I think they're very happy to be in what must be about 20x the space they had before.
Keep up the good work and fingers crossed people will soon all learn that little 40l tanks and goldfish are not a good combination.
Paul, I wonder if it used to be a water feature or fountain vs a pond hence being so close to the house? Just wondering how the Victorian would have built the various fountains; what materials they used?
Have you thought about contacting someone from English Heritage or the National Trust?
And thanks for considering the wildlife
As for preventing wildlife eating your Koi, I suspect the only things that would do that are heron, cats or foxes? And short of netting or grids it's going to be a tough one to protect the fish 100%. Lots of hiding places for them would be the best start?
Not sure if that would be a pond or not, looks very interesting.
But if I may make one comment - the sides look quite steep and deep, if something falls in there it won't be able to get out. Any chance you could put a plank of wood or some other type of ramp in there to give our poor wildlife a chance? With summer coming up there no doubt will be a hedgehog or fox or other animal desperate for some water and they can so easily fall in but not get out
excellent news - well my "Project Fish" started on Monday and all this week I've been taking some water out the aquarium and replacing it with pond water so come Sunday (which is release date - yipppee) they should be used to the water quality.
I'm not that far from you - I'm in Surrey between Woking and Guildford so good to know your fish has successfully been released and been fine with the temperatures. I was worried that it was just that bit too cold still but same as you I just can't wait any longer; the poor fish need to get into that pond.
Thanks for that. Well I had another look and there are two nights when the temperature drops to about 6 degrees which is too low for my liking so I'll wait a bit longer.
And being totally daft; when you say acclimatise them slowly what do I need to do?
I was thinking of getting a decent size plastic tub and putting them in there with the water from the tank they're currently in; and then bit by bit taking some water out and replacing it with pond water (maybe a litre at a time?) and then when it's about 1/2 acquarium and 1/2 pond let them go?
And all in all letting this process take about 2 or 3 hours? Or should I give it 1/2 day?
I have four goldfish that I rescued off people offering them on freecycle. Poor things have been stuck in a fishtank since October last year because it would have been too cold to release them. But they really really need to get out that tank soon (whilst much bigger than what they were in; it's no where near big enough for long term housing). They will be so much happier in the pond in the garden; so much more space.
The night time temps for the next few nights are meant to be between 9 - 12 and the day time temps around 18 - 20 (all degrees celsius).
Do you think it would be OK to let them go this weekend or should I rather wait a bit longer?
I've been keeping a very close eye on the weather forecast and it finally seems to be warming up. Hopefully in a few weeks time the night time temperatures will be steady enough that I can release my four rescue goldfish into the pond...