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What kind of fish are in a fish pond?

If you do not think of koi when you think “fish pond,” then you undoubtedly think of goldfish. We have already mentioned the shubunkin goldfish, but there are more than 30 other varieties. These fish are hardy, readily available, and come in an array of body shapes, fin shapes, colors, and sizes.

How big of a pond do I need to keep fish?

In general, to keep eight healthy fish the pond should have the right filtration and be no less than 3 metres long, 1 to 2 metres wide and at least a metre deep. To produce fish larger than 30centimetres, a much larger pond is required.

What temperature do goldfish live in a pond?

Goldfish thrive in pond water between 65 and 85 degrees fahrenheit. Skim leaves and debris from the pond regularly. Removing dead organic matter every few days eliminates a food source for algae.

Can you keep goldfish outside during winter?

Overwintering goldfish outside can lead to a longer lifespan of the fish, provided they are hardy enough to withstand it. It is as if the hibernation period pushes a pause on their life clock. This period of cold helps induce spawning when it warms up in the spring.

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Can koi and turtles live together in the same pond?

In fact, it is rather common to see examples of KOI, goldfish, and carp living in the same pond with red-eared sliders and other types of aquatic turtles. Will turtles eat koi in my pond?

Do fancy goldfish hibernate?

Fancy goldfish are more sensitive, they aren’t as hardy as your slim-bodied goldfish that are more physically adapted to enduring winter. 6-10 weeks generally is the recommended length to keep your fancy fish in hibernation. Don’t let them get too cold!

Can you keep turtles and fish together in a pond?

If you want to keep turtles and fish together, then there are plenty of other types of animals that will suit your pond. Some examples include frogs and newts, but these animals can grow much larger than the small goldfish so make sure they have enough room before you add them to your pond.

Should I bring my pond fish inside for the winter?

In areas where winters can get really cold, bringing fish inside when the weather turns nasty means they will never know how brutal winters can be. Keeping the indoor pond cool, making adequate water changes, and acclimating them correctly are all important for the healthy survival of your fish.

What size heater do I need for a goldfish pond?

Small hardy goldfish have been placed in a 5-gallon bucket in their outdoor pond water. There are a variety of heaters but, for the extreme cold we are talking about, a 1500-watt floating stock tank type of heater is necessary. The down side of this option is that the electrical costs can bust the budget.

Can You overwinter a goldfish outside?

Most goldfish that have a body that is egg-shaped, and the trilobed-tailed goldfish, are not as hardy. I have tried to overwinter some of these goldfish varieties outside and have not had success during the more severe winters. Success can be achieved when the winters are milder and/or supplemental heat is used.

Why do goldfish hibernate at 52 degrees?

This rapid increase is important because harmful organisms can survive in that temperature range, but your goldfish�s immune systems will still be hibernating. Once the water temperature reaches 52�F, begin feeding and conduct 100% water changes weekly until all fish are back to their normal state.

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Are there turtles in Georgia with koi?

There are many species of turtles that are found in Georgia, so you have a wide variety to choose from. For the safety of your koi, avoid breeds that like to hunt and eat fish. Here are a few local turtles that can live happily with your koi fish: Spotted Turtles.

Can turtles live with koi fish in a pond?

The bottom line, although it is possible for turtles and fish to live together, we recommend keeping them apart for the safety of both. There is nothing wrong with having them as pets, just keep them in separate ponds. What other fish can live with koi in a pond? If you have a small garden pond, adult koi can even be kept with goldfish!

Do Reptiles need to be in the same tank?

Reptiles do just fine solo and don’t require others in the same tank to thrive. In general, reptiles are better off housed individually. Certain lizards (bearded dragons, anoles, geckos) and chelonians (turtles and tortoises) can live successfully together when set up properly in same-species tanks.

When should you stop feeding goldfish in a pond?

Stop feeding goldfish when temperatures remain below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the instructions for your filter and skimmer and follow the instructions for winter care. You will likely need to turn them off as temperatures freeze. A big concern in the winter is when the pond ices over.

Can goldfish survive winter in a pond?

A big concern in the winter is when the pond ices over. If the entire pond freezes, it can kill your goldfish, so make sure your pond is large and deep enough so as not to fully freeze in your climate. Before the freeze, clean out as much debris from the pond as possible and remove any plants that can’t survive the winter.

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Can I put my fish in an indoor pond?

Too small of a container can risk the health of your fish. With hardy fish, attempt to maintain the indoor pond water as cool as possible without the water freezing. An attached garage or a cool basement is usually a good choice. If the fish are displayed, upstairs, in the living quarters, then the pond/aquarium will be warmer, which is fine.

Can I bring my fish inside for the winter?

Some clients like to bring their fish inside during winter. They put them in a holding tank of sorts. If you choose this option, use water from the pond in the tank or slowly introduce the fish to new water. If they are put in new water too fast they can go into shock, which is dangerous. Make sure to use a water treatment for new water!

Can koi and goldfish survive winter in a pond?

Although koi and goldfish can survive harsh winter conditions, if you have relatively few koi, or if you have a large tank inside to house your fish, you might want to consider bringing your fish inside. Here are a few pointers, tips and advice. You get a chance to inspect the fish closely while catching them from the pond

Do goldfish need a heater in a pond?

I did some research into this myself, and the answer depends on what type of goldfish you have. In general, goldfish are cold water fish that don’t require a heater. One exception is slim bodied goldfish in a pond that is at risk of completely freezing.

Do turtles eat koi fish?

It seems that turtles don’t like eating koi, goldfish, and other kinds of carp. In general, these species are not on a turtle’s meal list. There is very low predatory behavior among them compared to other reptiles (lizards and snakes). This is good news for people who have koi in their ponds.

Can turtles eat fish in a pond?

All turtles have the potential to eat fish and other aquatic lifeforms and they should be kept in separate tanks or ponds for safety reasons. Are koi able to hurt my turtle?