Las Vegas 1000 gallon pond and heater???


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My pond running around 13,000gph in pumps not really a noticeable difference in electric bill. My electric bill even before I installed the pond avg. around $5-600 a month on roughly a 5,000sq ft house during fall and spring. Have had it hit $800 or more in winter/summer, mainly hot summers......


I built it September 5th. It was in the 100-108 range if memory serves.

I only had one pump circulating water.

Fish seemed ok

Now I have 2 pumps circulating to keep water cooler and I've planted lily's to help with shading.

She will be a nice garden pond like you guys have eventually
 
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Are my random 16 cent gold fish

$5 fan tails

10$ black pop out eyes fan tail

And large 35$ fancy...

All fine for 30 degrees???

I'm gonna turn off the heaters since no tropicals till march.

Will they be ok.

I will put in a 250 watt deicer just in case
 
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Remind me - how deep is this pond? If you have at least 24 inches of depth I would say they'll be fine.
 
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They should be fine, the cheap feeders for sure, and since you are in Vegas and any ice should be just a thin layer if at all, I expect the others will be too unless they have an underlying health problem. One thing to keep in mind, if your pop eye and fancy are the round bodied wiggle butt type gold fish, they will swim slower than the others. This means more likely to be eaten by the sharks, not get a fair share of food, or be caught by predators. Even in cities the raccoons like to find places to enjoy sushi!
 
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I have 3 wiggle butt. They are amazing lol.

My sharks are 4 inches. Grew maybe half an inch at most in past 10 weeks. So I think years before they are big enough to pose a problem.

The pet store guy said the wiggle butts could get baseball size and 8-12 inches.

Any truth in that
 
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So I think years before they are big enough to pose a problem.
The question is how long before your pond poses a problem for your fish? 1000 gallons is a small pond for a big fish, not to mention multiple big fish, lots of small fish and even a few tiny fish.
 
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I just re-read this thread - did you mean you have 200 goldfish? Or was that a typo? If so, I'm very curious how you caught a few guppies and mollies and, apparently at least one small hi-fin in a pond with 200 goldfish. I had a hard time catching guppies in a 40 gallon patio pond until I removed most of the water.

I also noted that you earlier commented that your pond would have no problem with a 2-3 foot long, 20 lb fish. I would disagree with that. At 1000 gallons you have a pond that's suitable for goldfish, not what is essentially a big catfish, unless that's the only fish you intend to keep in this pond. I mean, will it FIT? Sure. Will it thrive? Not so sure.
 
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Theres literally people who keep actual sharks in 300 gallon fish tanks. I mean ocean reef sharks

As far as the iridesant sharks the average fish tank seems to be 160-200 gallons

In a perfect world I'd love a minimum 3000 gallon pond for them.

But in reality 1000 gallons is far more than the average 100-300 gallon fish tank most of these fish live in.

The set ups I've seen the iridesant sharks in at the local per store (100 gallon tank) or even the indoor 500 gallon ponds... (an 8x4 rectangle 18 inches deep)

I'd say mine are actually pretty lucky.

My pond is 14x10 and more like a concreted pool that is also painted tan and alagae free.

So took me about an hour to catch them all but got it done
 
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Oh...also my buddy who's a professional pool/pond builder said my pond is 1600 gallons based on the measurments

But when I put my water in the time vs gallons came out to aprox 1000 gallons.

So I just say 1000 gallons
 
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I just hope the parentals don't notice a difference in the electric bill, then I would have to pay for the part of the bill it raised, that would not make for a happy me.
 
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Oh...also my buddy who's a professional pool/pond builder said my pond is 1600 gallons based on the measurments
I'd be curious to see his calculations. I just ran those measurements through three different online calculators and came up under 1000 every time. So I'd say you're closer.

The parental? I have 3 grand kids
He means his parents - @TheFishGuy is 12 years old.
 
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I'd be curious to see his calculations. I just ran those measurements through three different online calculators and came up under 1000 every time. So I'd say you're closer.
Scratch that - read your picture wrong.
 
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I’ve not had fancy goldfish, I prefer standard body ones because I live out in the country and need fish that can evade wildlife. I lost my big white male when he was about a foot long plus tail, I’m presuming a heron swung by when dogs were napping, or a raccoon came by when Dogs were off chasing a skunk or coyotes. I know it’s a thing about them not being as fast to get food as standard body types.
 

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