Years ago I had a little 150 ish gallon preformed pond with no filter, plants, and a homemade pond spitter. I got 4 for a dollar feeders, and the two of the four that didn't get eaten by the neighbor's cat just happened to be a pair! I never fed the fish. Then, one day when I finally decided to clear out some hyacinth, I found babies. EIGHT FIVE one inch long babies! So I guess the fish weren't hungry enough to eat their own eggs.Stop feeding and the hungry fish will eat the eggs.....or so I’m told.
Hi Something Fishy. I at one time had 7 goldfish and now have about 70 with no help from me. The number has stayed pretty constant the last few years. At some point when you have a lot of fish the number of babies will dramatically decrease because there are too many hungry mouths swimming around!Years ago I had a little 150 ish gallon preformed pond with no filter, plants, and a homemade pond spitter. I got 4 for a dollar feeders, and the two of the four that didn't get eaten by the neighbor's cat just happened to be a pair! I never fed the fish. Then, one day when I finally decided to clear out some hyacinth, I found babies. EIGHT FIVE one inch long babies! So I guess the fish weren't hungry enough to eat their own eggs.
They continued to spawn like mad, and I continued to give away babies (nobody wanted the adults!), up until the overly amorous male landed outside the pond from chasing the female, and I didn't find him in time.
So with my luck, even if I don't feed the fish, I'll probably have 1,000 by Spring! I already have four fry in the house that came in on a plant I put in our nano tank...
Counted THREE babies at one time today! Two white, one dark. They are big enough that they must feel comfortable leaving the shelter of the hornwort forests to enter the open water. The big fish see 'em, but don't give chase. Who knows how many are really in there! *Sigh* Of course I expected this eventually, but not in a 3 month old pond stocked with fish that are all under a year old!Here it is, the middle of September, and went out to the pond to find more spawning evidence! And while I'm standing there, out swims a little white baby goldfish! Maybe about 3/4" long, dashing from one clump of hornwort to another!
Thank you! I think the three "white" ones may be the offspring of one of our shubunkins that started out as a plain pinky/white fish with black eyes, and just faint patches of pigment. It ended up with vibrant pearly blue patches! These three babies are already showing more blue than that one had, so it will be neat to see how they turn out.Pretty colors!
Thank you J.W. Wish I could send you some of these! With 10 babies total, my pond population is now doubled in only 4 months...and that's just the ones I can see. There could be more, tinier ones, in there, and likely more on the way. They were spawning AGAIN just days ago!
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