Cold weather and Fancy Goldfish

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    What is the real deal about keeping fancy goldfish in a very cold pond in the winter. Let me know. Please RDK
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    DrDave Innovator Moderator

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    Make sure it is deep enough so it does not freeze to the bottom. An opening is desireable, I have heard many ways over the years, some as simple as a soccar ball and as elaborate as heaters. We have plenty of cold weather folks here that should be itching to add to this...
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    Dr. Dave: I am thinking about this Spring to add a large Fancy to my pond. However I don't want to do this if one is in special danger from real cold weather. As always I have strong air pump plus floating de-icer on the pond at all times for our Ct. Winters. RDK
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    I have no experience with this, but what I hear is that fancies cannot tolerate the cold.
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    oldmarine Married 32 years

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    I have heard the same thing about fancies. Koi and gold fish in general are carp. They have a natural tolerance to iced over ponds and lakes, and harsh winters. The fancies are a bit more hybred, and it might be best to house them indoors for any winter.
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Petsmart told me the same thing about fancies. He said shubunkins, goldies would be best for our pond. I won't be heating it or bringing them inside.
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    Thank you very much everyone for the information. RDK
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    oldmarine Married 32 years

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    I'm not recommending that you do what I did the last two winters, but I used a 300 watt submersible aquarium heater in my skimmer/pre-filter next to the intake of the water pump. The last two winters I had no ice on my pond. Even on those nights when the temps dropped down into the teens, the water temps stayed just above freezing. Bear in mind, my pond is only 365 gallons.:cold:
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    You can keep Fantail(fancy goldfish) in your pond in the winter,if you put plastic over your pond. I have a friend that does,i think she has done that for the last two years.
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    Hey rdk I live in Oklahoma and all 6 of my fancies survived 3 winters just fine and we had blizzards last winter no cover on my pond just a net.
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    nice to hear from someone that did it...........maybe i will get a few fancies next summer
    or at least some kind of lil fish
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    I've got a couple in my pond, we'll ee this winter.
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    digginponds pondaholic

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    no fancy will take cold water like there cousins the comets or commons,koi,or shubunkins.
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    digginponds pondaholic

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    dude your in a zone where it doesn't get frigid cold,you need sometimes to just stop posting.I've been breeding goldfish since the early 80's ,so I speak on experience,you just speak AIR
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    oldmarine Married 32 years

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    Easy on the guy....................., none of us are pros.
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    I just noticed the thanks button. Is it there just to thank someone for anything or is it something special. Anyway I'm gonna use it to thank Rich for trying to keep the peace if that's ok :cold:
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    ill second that jw :cold:
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    Well I'm certainly not a pro, in fact I was going to choose the name Pondscum but it was already taken by someone so on a whim I choose Pondmaster and kind of regret it ever since. There are so many more qualified such as my friends Digginponds and Will.
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    I was thinking of doing the same thing on my 160 gal box pond on my porch. I made it with airspace between the outside and the liner but still like the idea of a heater. I will put it on one of those switches that turn on when temps get close to freezing then turns off when the temps go up.
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    digginponds does have a point in it could be wrong to suggest because there climate is warmer that others could keep there fancy fish outside all winter, to be fair fancy goldfish dont do well in freezing waters, as far as im aware most take them indoors in the winter
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