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Hello everyone, I’m John. I live in north Georgia, USA. I have a 1,000 gallon, 4-5 feet deep pond underneath a large waterfall. The pond has a pump and a skimmer at the pond level, plus a bio filter at the top of the waterfall. I have also installed a secondary pump in the bottom of the pond that has a UV lamp to help ensure no green water. Two air stones help the falls, and many water plants keep the water aerated. I keep Comet Goldfish, White Cloud Mountain Minnows and Rosy Red Minnows in the pond year round and they thrive in even freezing temperatures. They have all produced fry many of which have also survived the winter. This summer, I introduced to the pond six guppies (2 males and 4 females), four albino and two peppered corys, all of which seem very happy. I’ll move the guppies and Cory ‘s inside for the winter. The guppies will be easy to catch, but the cats don’t come up much, except during occasional feeding times when they sometimes come up to a shallow stone shelf to see what is causing all the commotion. Has anyone over wintered Cory’s in a cold pond?
 
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This is my little work in progress.
 
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This forum should help when I have issues. So much experience out there.

Well the goal here is to not HAVE any issues... so keep reading! Not doing the wrong thing is far better than trying to come back from it once it's done, right?
 
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Welcome John! Ginger Falls and the pond are beautiful. Tough to answer your question about the Corydoras (and many tropical fishes) because so much on the net is simply copied from one author to another. Even some books do it. When in reality, they don't know. I don't know. But here is what I suggest: Do your homework by researching the species you have and look it up on reliable, scientific sites. For example, actual university or field research. I had personal examples of 'trudging' in Central America and South America where I found aquatic plants and fishes in surprising locations. Not all 'tropical' fishes come from 72-80 degree waters. Here is something to get you started: https://corydoras.zone/wp-content/u...mmunities-Genetic-lineages-are-denoted-by.png
 

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Welcome to the forum!

Love that waterfall and the pond! Great job!
 
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@Stephen Noble Excellent advice, and it goes for not only all aspects of fish/pond keeping, but most things in life! Social media seems to have made everyone an expert. In fact, often, if I have a question and do a Google search, I will include the keyword “veterinary” or “medical” in my search — it really does weed out a lot of unsubstantiated “advice.”
 

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Love your pond, waterfall and fish! Nice crop of Anacharis growing in there also.
 
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Welcome! I'm glad to hear your rosy red minnows do well year round! I am going to have a "wildlife pond" in my backyard - also in the northern half of GA - and I hope to add some rosy reds! Your pond is great and I love that you've named it!
 
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A perfect spot for some life on a slope that is usually just some plants to try and create something to look at and remove maintenance , very well done.
Love that you brought your rocks out into the landscape
 
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