Carp fish with pond plant

Discussion in 'Pond Archive' started by john ryan, May 10, 2011.

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    john ryan Guest

    B and Q are selling some very reasonably priced pond water-lilies at the
    moment. We have just got one and it says on the packet that it is: "nymphaea
    marliacea albida".

    It also says *do not* put in the pond with Koi Fish. Now all our Koi died
    when we put in the pond some fish coming from China, which effectively
    exported from there a Koi fish disease some years ago.

    But we now have Goldfish,(some are pretty big). As i understand it goldfish
    are a type of Carp, as are Koi fish.

    So would anyone know if we can put goldfish safely in with this lily?
    john ryan, May 10, 2011
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    Rodney Pont Guest

    Yes you can. The only reason it says not to put with Koi is that they
    will eat it but goldfish won't.
    Rodney Pont, May 11, 2011
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    Jim Guest

    I have no idea about the lilly's lethality, but am amazed that a lily
    would perhaps be that bad. Could they be thinking that the koi would
    dig up the lily? Goldfish are certainly in the carp family, but they
    do not root in the gravel as do koi. Ours are constantly pulling out
    gavel as large a a couple of walnuts stuck together!

    I did a quick Google search which suggests that the term is generic
    for lilies and the albida is the particular cultivar. The various
    sites did not indicate any poisonous parts of the lily (although I
    suspect they were talking about poisonous to people rather than to
    fish). If that is the case, the plants are water lilies and the
    problem is koi troubling the lilies rather than the lilies troubling
    the koi.

    Google data:
    Genus Nymphaea Species marliacea Variety albida Cultivar Common
    names waterlily Family NYMPHAEACEAE

    ( Marliacea Albida Hardy Waterlily )

    This is a hardy Water Lily with dark green, rounded leaves 9 inches
    across. Foliage is bronzed when young. Flowers are fragrant, white
    with yellow stamens, 5 to 6 inches across. Best grown in undisturbed
    waters with full sun. Height varies with water depth. Commonly
    referred to as "Water Lilies" these plants have adapted to living in a
    total water environment. The leaves of these plants are individually
    supported on leaf stalks called petioles. Water Lily blossoms vary
    greatly in color and size. They enjoy neutral to alkaline water and
    grow best in full sun. Planting should be done in water no cooler than
    75 degrees F. If the water is too cool the plant will enter a dormant
    state. The following planting times correspond to each hardiness zone;
    for Zone 4 plant in mid to late June, Zone 5 plant in early to mid
    June, Zone 6 plant in late May to early June, Zone 7 plant mid to late
    May, Zone 8 plant in mid April, Zone 9 plant in early April and for
    Zone 10 plant March through April.
    Jim, May 11, 2011
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