Fish...How many is to many!?!?

Discussion in 'Garden Pond Talk' started by SHAR, Jul 5, 2014.

  1. SHAR

    SHAR

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2014
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi Everyone!
    This is my first garden pond, so I'm still learning.

    My pond is 160 gallons. I currently have 1 goldfish, and 4 Shubunkin's. My water hyacinth's are turning yellow and brown. I was told they need lots of nutrients. Do I have enough fish for my pond size??? any other suggestions welcome! :)
     
    SHAR, Jul 5, 2014
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. SHAR

    dieselplower

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2012
    Messages:
    2,404
    Likes Received:
    990
    Location:
    near Kalamazoo, Michigan
    Are the fish eating the roots?
    I don't base my stocking level on plants...
     
    dieselplower, Jul 5, 2014
    #2
    1. Advertisements

  3. SHAR

    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2010
    Messages:
    32,370
    Likes Received:
    16,650
    Location:
    Frederick, Maryland
    Welcome to our group!
    I never had good luck with water hyacinth's you could try floating them in some water with miracle grow.
     
    addy1, Jul 5, 2014
    #3
  4. SHAR

    Priscilla

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2014
    Messages:
    1,161
    Likes Received:
    822
    Location:
    Cayman Islands
    Welcome! Water hyacinths don't work for me and many others on this site. I don't know if the fish eat the roots or if my water just isn't good for them. I was disappointed because they are suppose to be the worlds worst weed and illegal in some parts of the US because they spread so quickly and I can't seem to get a few growing in my pond.

    That seems like a good fish load for your pond. I wouldn't add any more. They get big, quick.
     
    Priscilla, Jul 5, 2014
    #4
  5. SHAR

    Imatation Crab 800 gallon pond

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2014
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    58
    Location:
    Chicago Illinois
    I did water hyacinths and water lettuce and they took over the pond last year, this year they just turned yellow and didn't grow.
     
    Imatation Crab, Jul 5, 2014
    #5
  6. SHAR

    Mmathis TurtleMommy

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2011
    Messages:
    8,974
    Likes Received:
    4,901
    Location:
    NW Louisiana -- zone 8b
    Welcome!

    How much sunlight does your pond receive?
     
    Mmathis, Jul 5, 2014
    #6
  7. SHAR

    Big Lou

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2012
    Messages:
    4,523
    Likes Received:
    3,709
    Location:
    Desoto, Texas (Dallas County) North Texas, Zone 8a
    Welcome Shar.
     
    Big Lou, Jul 5, 2014
    #7
  8. SHAR

    j.w I Love my Goldies

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2010
    Messages:
    23,874
    Likes Received:
    13,507
    Location:
    Arlington, Washington
    [​IMG] SHAR

    I'd say you are about at your limit but you might be able to get a couple more depending on how clean your filter keeps the water. Goldfish will get big so less is better in a small pond.
     
    j.w, Jul 5, 2014
    #8
  9. SHAR

    Tula

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2013
    Messages:
    3,657
    Likes Received:
    2,742
    Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Welcome. I've never had luck with water hyacinths till this year, when I put them in floating nets....they are flourishing:)
     
    Tula, Jul 5, 2014
    #9
  10. SHAR

    CometKeith

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2010
    Messages:
    3,059
    Likes Received:
    2,315
    Location:
    Chicago Area
    Hi Shar. Welcome to gpf. Somehow wl and wh always do good for me.The key is to test different plants and see what works best. I would stick with your 5 goldfish for a while and see how they do before adding any more. I think a good rule of thumb for a beginner is 1 sq ft of pond surface area for every inch of fish and obviously keep in mind that fish grow and have babies!
     
    CometKeith, Jul 7, 2014
    #10
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.