Anything besides goldfish for a smaller pond?


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Give us a rough idea of where you are so we know what you can expect with weather. There are tons of fish suited to areas that won't freeze, but fewer that can take freezing temps.
 
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You might consider a small native species. Check with your conservation department for a species list and also ask if a permit is required for collection. Some our native species are as beautiful as anything imported. There is an organization devoted to native species. https://nativefishsociety.org/
 
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I have a good experience with Japanese rice fish. She survived in a pond through which a very weak stream flows and the surface of which I partly covered with an insulating tarpaulin. This fish has a specific behavior that allows it to survive the winter in its homeland. The fish sink to the bottom in autumn and survive into hibernation here in spring. Then, during the first warming in the burden or April, it begins to reproduce. Here is about the behavior of these fish in winter. something written. https://www.medakanoouchi.com/howto/overwintering.html.en
 

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I would love some suggestions on the drops the stream has, around 3 feet of dirt changing levels. Trying to figure out how to stack the rock
to cover the liner. To be honest with you, I think a professional is your best bet. They will bring in what you may not have to do it right. Goldfish are ubiquitous in nature and can be found in rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, fishing ropes uae, reservoirs, and virtually every freshwater habitat on the planet from temperate to tropical environments. They have been introduced to many parts of the world to control mosquito populations.
 
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Goldfish may be in a lot of areas but are illegal in the state of Maine. They are considered an invasive species and are banned. It is also illegal to have koi or goldfish in a pond that is connected to a waterway as they can release eggs and the fish will end up in streams and rivers.
 
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Japanese rice fish (Oryzias latipes) as I wrote above, could enrich our list of fish kept in a garden pond.
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