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    New “Unwelcome Additions to our pond

    Looking very closely at the pic enlarged, I can see part of a fin, and bits of food that do look like whiskers, but in the event that they are Koi, at what age/size do their whiskers start to sprout? I’d noticed that two of the four fish looked a bit “different”, (the black & white, & one...
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    New “Unwelcome Additions to our pond

    Hum, well I haven’t yet had the gravel delivered for that area in my yard, which is about 12’ x 20’, and is currently dirt, with pavers laid on top, so I might have to do some digging!
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    New “Unwelcome Additions to our pond

    I’d rather learn this now instead of later, which is why I posted, asking about leaving the filter off for a few hours a day during nice weather, (in addition to the goo stuck to a fake lily)! I’ve not seen any snails in the pond, and have not yet added any live plants, in order to keep snails...
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    New Pond, One Missing Fish?

    Five Shubs and 7 very tiny mosquito fish, (now four Shubs).
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    New “Unwelcome Additions to our pond

    We have a water trough patio pond that holds about 120 gals, and houses 4 medium size shibunkins and some tiny mosquito fish. its been hot in N. Ca all summer and fall, but the water temp. at night goes down to 53.5 or so. After a preditor grabbed one of our original 5 fish, we’ve been netting...
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    New Pond, One Missing Fish?

    Five, (now four), shubunkin goldfish, & some tiny mosquito fish. Our once playful, friendly fish now hide under a deep ledge all day, & we’ve found smallish, dark brown scat on tables & pond eye level surfaces, where a small mammal appears to be scouting, & hunting.
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    New Pond, One Missing Fish?

    We used a 150 rubber stock trough, to make an above ground outdoor pond, and bought some nice, medium sized shubinkins. We let the pond cycle for about two weeks before adding the fish, and they seemed very happy & healthy. (We also have some tiny mosquito fish also). The goldfish fish...
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    Clear water for feature

    In a pinch once, I used panty hose over the tubing ends, in my aquarium. Its probably not going to be sufficient long term, but it might work until you find the right fix, to keep from having to do another cleaning first.
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    Sourcing questions? (Where to buy filter media, fish supplies, equipment, etc.)

    Does anyone use a UV light as an algea deterrent? I bought one, but it looks larger & more complicated than the one I’d looked at. Do the do the job? We’ve already got string algea forming in this Ca. heat. Thanks, Denni
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    Sourcing questions? (Where to buy filter media, fish supplies, equipment, etc.)

    Well I finally got my stock trough pond up & running, & the huge goldfish transferred! Sadly, the 100* plus weather we’ve had killed 3 of the 5 old fish before we could move them. (Of course our Border Collies were disappointed that it wasn’t a swimming pool), so the picket fence surround was a...
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    Small pond, big results

    I’d very much like to see your photos, but all I have is a line of boxes, w/a red X over them, that isn’t a link! (I’m online via my iPhone)....
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    Ideas on fish pond plants for 11b zone?

    I’m putting together a patio stock trough pond for several big goldfish, & I’d like to add some plants, (flowering would be a plus), to give the fish more cover. I’m in N. Ca., Napa County Area, (which is similar to zone 11b). Can anyone suggest some easy plants to try?
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    Stock tanks as ponds

    I’m exactly where you are. I just finished prepping the spot, placing the trough, & added water today! I’ve got several huge goldfish that have outgrown their 75 g. indoor tank. Let me know how your fish are doing!
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