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I'm wondering if you can have a pond without fish. Plants would be ok, but I'd like to make a small swimming hole for my dog. Any thoughts on this?
 

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Go for it, just have some water movement to keep mosquitoes at bay
 
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Welcome Welcome Welcome to the GPF!

A pond without fish is like a day without sunshine...

haha! Just kidding! You can have a fishless pond if you want. You'll have to feed your pond plants, though.

Although- there's no reason your dog can't swim in a pond with fish... just sayin'!
 

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Welcome and you do not mention how big you want your pond and how big the dog is .Only problem I see is feeding the plants may no be good for the dog 's digestion or skin and coat .I would check that out with maybe a vet .
 
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A pond without fish is a lot more interesting,they do put a lot of stress on a pond and mess up the plants and water quality.

Get used to delicate things thriving, diversity and crystal clear waters...
 
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A pond without fish is a lot more interesting,they do put a lot of stress on a pond and mess up the plants and water quality.

Get used to delicate things thriving, diversity and crystal clear waters...
I sometimes think if anything ever happened to my 4 koi, I'd redo my pond, making it smaller, more accessible and no fish.....lots of plants !
 

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I'm wondering if you can have a pond without fish. Plants would be ok, but I'd like to make a small swimming hole for my dog. Any thoughts on this?
Welcome to the forum!
Simply put, yes, you can absolutely have a pond without fish. I hope you incorporate some native plant species in and around the pond. That way, it would benefit not only your dog, but pollinators as well! Imagine a picturesque garden pond with colorful plants, butterflies flying around, the occasional hummingbird, and in splashes your dog! Heck, even add a bog filter and you'll have birds coming to bathe and drink! :)
 
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A pond without a fish is...

like a fire without a coal
like a song without a soul
like a soup without a bowl
like an egg without a roll
like a donut without a hole
 
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Our app. 600 gal. pond had 14 fish....koi, goldfish, and 3 bream. Over the last 8 months all are gone. :~( I'm not sure I'm going to restock; that was a lot of $$ that fed the owls or raccoons. :~/
 

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