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My backyard goldfish pond

Discussion in 'Creative, Hobby and Skills Forum' started by Sid, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. Sid

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    Tractor Supply sold me this 300 gallon Rubbermaid stock tank for $210 . . . it makes a nifty goldfish pond:


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  2. Chrystalwuzhere

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    How nice, Sid. I hope you won't have a headache keeping the scum and algae down to a minimum.

    How many goldfish do you have in it? I can see two, are there more?
     
  3. CoreIssue

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    Really nice, Sid. I like it. :tiphat:
     
  4. Sid

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    There are a total of 15 assorted goldfish:

    3 comets, a few Shubunkins, Calico Goldfish, fan tails, common gold fish, along with 4 Plecostomus to keep the tank tidy.

    These are old pictures from the fall. . . the pond is currently covered by a makeshift sheet plastic [redneck] greenhouse to keep the fish happy and the plants from freezing. The plants in the picture are now closer to 5 foot high and will need some serious re-potting.

    My bride is a plant person and I wanted a few goldfish and the pond is a joint venture.

    I am using a submersible pump driving a 1 gallon biological filter 6-8 hours a day to keep the water clean and the fish happy.

    The comets started out last spring at about 3 inches, they are now about 8 and I feed them cat chow. . . the fan tails started out about 2 inches have grown to about 3 but still take the goldfish pellet food.

    After the last freeze and I take down the plastic covering, I'll post some more pictures. . . goldfish start looking neat at about 12 inches. . . .
     
  5. Sid

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    What the heck, here is a fresh picture:

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    They weren't real hungry. . . I usually feed them late in the evening.
     
  6. InTheWind

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    Very nice Sid. :nod:
     
  7. CoreIssue

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    I love it.

    We thought about something like that when we did our back yard. But just went with a jungle of ferns and granite paths instead. Too hard to keep it clean in the land of mold and mildew.
     
  8. Jessie

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    looks good
     
  9. kay-gee

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    Way cool. I want one!

    all the best...
     
  10. Sid

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    The pond is still going strong, some of the comets are about a foot long now.

    . . . have learned a lot about dealing with a backyard pond. . .

    In the winter, pond fish don't eat much, and best feed them little protein [ammonia issues] . . . so they do just fine on mostly cheerios.

    Anyone who gets the koi bug is just asking for a lot of heartache. . . goldfish are a whole lot easier to keep.

    . . . mine have been happy, I have already had a couple batches of babies. . . .
     
  11. CoreIssue

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    I had forgotten about your pond. Thanks for the reminder. :aah:
     

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