starting of pond

Discussion in 'Newbies to Garden Ponds' started by mr ag, Sep 13, 2018.

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    mr ag

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    Is it to latenin the year to now start putting fish (probabley Shubumkin } into an above ground timber framed pond 6x4x3 its empty at moment

    not sure if wrong time of year or should i wait till spring ??

    thanks

    Tony
     
    mr ag, Sep 13, 2018
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    How long has the pond been running? IE has it cycled. The fish nibble on algae, plants during the winter. If it is empty of plants etc you might be better to wait until spring. Winter can be hard on fish esp in a new pond.

    One winter I decided to pull my lilies from the big pond, put them in a smaller pond, so the fish had a nice clean pond for the winter. When I put them back in early that spring/late winter the fish attacked the lily pots stripping every bit of algae within minutes. They were starving. I never tried to clean the pond for them again.
     
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    Welcome to the forum. Your pond is about 540 gallons and since it is empty now, proper cycling will take you well into the Fall season. The question is why stress you and the fish? I would wait until the spring to introduce the fish. Other members might have better suggestions but I am just very cautious with my fish.
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    thanks for your reply yes agree best to wait till later in spring
     
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