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  • Posted on: 1/6/2010 11:48
Is this too many please ? #1
We have two ponds, now 18 months old and looking really good with loads of plants and good water quality . The larger one, about 1500 litre , flows into the smaller 750 one via a waterfall , we have two filters and all is well . However, the 5 fish we started off with have bred like rabbits, and surprisingly, lots survived ! We now have the orignal gang of five ( about 4 inches in length ) and a mix of goldfish and commets , plus about 25 of their offspring, ranging from an inch to two inches in size, plus another 12 in the smaller pond . Just a little worried in case this is too many fish ? They all apear to be doing well , even the bronze carp are changing colour to reds and oranges and many are really beautiful multi coloured fish, thanks for any advice , we dont want a third pond !


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  • Posted on: 30/9/2009 13:37
Do I stop feeding the fish ? #2
Someone has told me that I should stop feeding my fish once the temperature drops, is this correct please ? The suggested time was when it drops below 8 degrees . I currently feed them twice per day but have already begun to give less as they appear to be leaving food . I have 5 adults , Koi and Shunbuns and numerous offspring from fry to almost two inches , thanks for any advice


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  • Posted on: 17/9/2009 7:03
Re: A Newt question #3
Thanks for that . I have frogs happily living alongside my fish so maybe the fish arent too carniverous !! the frogs have been there since tadpole stage and many have survived and are now on slug watch in the garden ! I`ve decided not to actually take any newts but they could well make their way to my garden as it adjoins the neighbours , will post some photos if they do !


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  • Posted on: 14/9/2009 17:26
A Newt question #4
We have two ponds flowing one to the other, larger one for 5 adult Koi and larger babies, now about 2 inches long and the smaller pond for the small babies . A neighbour has some newts in his pond and has asked if we would like a couple , will they live happily with my fish please ?


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  • Posted on: 5/9/2009 19:02
Re: The Dreaded Heron #5
Thanks all for the suggestions . We do have two dogs but this heron landed very early morning before the dogs were let out . I have made a point of having the dogs outside as much as possible this week and have put a rather grim decoy duck into the pond and an equally grim heron at the side and so far so good . The irony is that last week , we sadly had to have our dear cat put to sleep , she was 15 years old and lived ( out of choice !) in the greenhouse which overlooks the pond . All the time we had her, we never ever saw a heron and then within a couple of days of losing her, the damn thing landed on our pond. I dont really want another cat as I am still grieivng but maybe in time, this might be a good idea ! Ironically, she never tried to catch the fish and whilst our dogs watch them , they dont make any attempt either . However, the decoy duck is proving a temptation to the pair of them !


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  • Posted on: 2/9/2009 8:12
The Dreaded Heron #6
Opened the curtains this morning to see a Heron at the side of my pond, shouted, let the dogs out and he flew off but I think he`s had a large fish . We have two ponds, a large one for the adult fish ( koi, shumbuns,comets) and a smaller one for the babies , ponds next to each other, one flowing into the other . This is the first time we have seen a heron around, is netting the only solution or do decoy herons or geese really work please ? Thanks for any advice


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  • Posted on: 12/8/2009 17:12
Washing the filter pads #7
Our filter works well, its a UV one and we take out the pads and wash them about once every ten days, depending on the weather . However, we have been using water from the tap to clean the filter out which , reading back on the forum, is the wrong thing to do . We have a large water butt and will use this water in future or a bucket of pond water and then replace from the water butt rain water . My question is, having washed the filter sytem out with tap water , will we have killed off the bacteria and will we have to buy more to replace ? Thanks for any reply .


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  • Posted on: 11/8/2009 17:36
Re: Ghost Koi #8
Thats an interesting article, I think two of my koi are gold ghosts , they look like the ones in the picture . They are very lively and seem to be growing faster than the other koi purchased at the same time and the same size .Thanks for that


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  • Posted on: 11/8/2009 17:31
Re: Lots of baby fish #9
Well i just hope we can rehome some otherwise our garden is in grave danger of becomming one huge water world .I seriously thought that maybe one or two would survive , not 20-30 from 5 fish ! Lots of froglets too .


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  • Posted on: 11/8/2009 11:18
Lots of baby fish #10
We started with five Koi/shubunkin type fish about four months ago in a smallish preformed pond , about 5ft x 4ft and quite deep . We tried to do everything right, let the water stand , loads of marginals and oxygenating plants, UV filter with pump , the fish seemed to be very happy, extremely happy because they have been breeding non stop since we had them ! As expected, many eggs were eaten but we are told that its very unusual to have retained the number of fry that we have done . We currently have about 20 or so beautifully coloured young fish, some about an inch and a half long , only a few are bronze and there are also many small fry in there from more recent activities !We have just bought another pond, twice the size, to house the youngsters and hope to site so that we have a flow from the big one into the smaller one . Is it common to retain so many young fish in the same pond as the adults ? Problems of course is that its going to happen again !! Our local water garden centre isnt interested in taking any fish , we dont even want any money for them so will most likely advertise in our local paper if this keeps happening !



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