Can I still stock pond?

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    Hi all,
    I live in Southern Connecticut and have a 1500+ gallon 3 foot deep pond with waterfall. It's been running for three months and all parameters are good. I have 2 koi and five Lily plants. Is it too late in the season to put more fish in the pond?
     
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    It depends on your water temperature. If the water temp is hitting 50s, then it's too late.
     
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    Hi Gloria,
    what is your hardiness zone?
    Would the fish have at least a couple of months to settle in before the cold ?
    Me, I'd wait till Spring time, after the temps starts to stabilize. :)
     
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    I would say you're close to the maximum number of fish now.
    How many more/what kind do you want to add?
     
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    You don't think she can get away with two more assuming adequate filtration?
     
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    gloria, If it were me, I'd concentrate more on preparing your pond for it's first winter :)
     
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    I have 4 koi in 1700 gallons....which is my firm limit.
     
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    I prefer to have a pond that is "set it and forget it", so it's up to the individual.
    More fish always means more filtration and water quality issues.
     
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    This seems like good advice, and if not now, how soon until this threshold is reached?
     
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    Thanks everyone. I'm in hardiness zone 7a. I'm thinking 2 more fish.
     
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    I would love to see your koi! :)
     
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    2 more fish would prolly be fine but I'd wait till Spring to get them.
     
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    You should be able to add one now and one more in spring. 7a is not too bad this week and next week. Only problem is that you wont have time to quarantine before the weather tanks.
     
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    IMG_2963.jpg IMG_2961.JPG IMG_2962.JPG Do you think so need to quarantine if all fish have come from Blue Ridge Fish hatchery? Here is my pond. It was a 2000gallon kit but I conservatively say 1500 gallons due to the rock I put in. The top pic is a smaller pond that was at my old house, it was 400 gallons with 6+ fish. I used to clean filters a lot but it was this way the 6 years I had it until I moved.
     
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    Any fish coming from one place to another needs to be quarantined! Bacteria and parasites exist in all pond water but differ from one pond to another. What is normal in one pond could be a major problem in another.
     
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    @gloria , I like your pond. All good advice is to quarantine new fish. That said, what is the risk vs. reward? The original 2 are from Blue Ridge? The one or 2 you want to ad also from Blue Ridge?
    If you decide the reward is worth the risk just make sure to post an update in the thread "confessions of a fish keeper." ;)

    Edit: Have you been testing the water? If not I'd suggest that you make sure ammionia and nitrite are 0, and KH is above 80, I think KH of 150 is ideal.
     
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    I would wait until Spring. Overall less stressful for the fish.
     
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    When you decide not to quarantine new fish you risk losing your current fish (and possibly the new ones as well)

    It's not a matter of if it will happen but when it will happen. Just ask most anyone who has been keeping fish for any length of time.
     
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    Lovely pond!
    I'm looking at your orange/silver koi, I have one like that only the orange is on the first half of the fish

    Thank you for sharing your pics!:)
     
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    Great idea!
     
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