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Hi, I'm new to the Forum, but have had ponds of various (increasing) sizes for 20 years with goldfish and a koi.
 
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Welcome to the forum!
 

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thank you. I moved from Chicago, IL (US) to Florida a few months go (fish came with me!) and am adapting to a new pond environment.
Herons, egrets, alligators ...............lol yep different!
 
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Everyone is dumping the bs politic states and heading for Florida.

Welcome to the forum I love how she added increasing sizes.
 
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Thanks for the welcomes! I had told my friends that THIS pond was the max size. I think they have "bar bets" going on that. So far, no alligators (Yippee!), but I do have a question for any of you warm-climate ponders. How can I keep the pond cool enough? It's getting hot here in FL, and my pond plant haven't quite gotten big enough to shade more than 25% of the pond. It is sunny 8am-1PM, then shade kicks in. I made but removed a floating "island". Removed it since my big koi (he's fine) beached himself on it (I've already told him, "you idiot"), looking for food. Pond is 8 feet square, max depth about 36". I've got 4 water lilies starting to grow. Thoughts? Thanks!
 
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Thanks. We have a high water table here, so deeper isn't much of an option. Maybe a patio umbrella!
 
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thank you. I moved from Chicago, IL (US) to Florida a few months go (fish came with me!) and am adapting to a new pond environment.
Hi Sarah. Good luck with the move and your new pond! I’m in Chicago but maybe someday my fish and I will move to a warmer climate too!
 

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