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You guys told me many times that 50 goldfish in a 1000 Gal pond is to many. OK i agree but i tried to give them away to Family and friends but no one wants them.I tried the local nursery that sells goldfish but he doesn’t want them either.In my community there is a pond but that is illegal.They all seem to be very healthy .So how do i get rid of at least 30 fish?
 

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When we had our pond cleaned in the Spring, the contractors that came & did it took away our 'excess' fish. Perhaps look for a pond building company & see if you could get them to help you out?
 
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I hear you. Mine keep multiplying too.

If you can't find a way to rehome them and your water quality is not suffering, I wouldn't worry about it.

If they were koi, I'd be concerned, but goldfish maybe not so much.
 
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We used to be able to take our fry to a plant nursery that had a large outdoor pond. I'm sure there were predators, bull frogs, turtles, snakes and herons, but it was a nice pond and I felt they had a good shot. This year I learned they were not accepting fish anymore.
 

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You need some water snakes, herons, etc. No issue with overcrowding. I still have water room 10 years later.
 
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As you try to rehome them what issues do you have with water quality. In the posted photo the pond looks clean.
 
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It may not be too many depending on your filtration. I had 26 goldfish in under 300 gallons for over a year. I did have 2 bog filters that were about the size of the surface area of the entire pond.

I have seen many more koi in ponds smaller than recommended here.

If they are overcrowded, I believe they will stop reproducing.

The estimates quoted on here seem very conservative.

I realize it is a risk being overcrowded, since it may be that your fish are ok til one day it is too many/too big for the filtration and you lose a number of fish. But until then..........

I have 70 goldfish in about 3000 gallons now with a big bog. But when they are all clustered to be fed they look over crowded.

You can periodically test your water, add plants, aeration, more filtration.

My local pond store takes trade ins. My mom got her goldfish on Craigslist.
 
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I believe they will stop reproducing.
That's false. But nature will take over and thin the herd.

The estimates quoted on here seem very conservative.
Indeed. And that's on purpose.

I have 70 goldfish in about 3000 gallons
Very different than 50 in 1000 gallons.

Keep trying @420benz . But in the end, there are humane ways to euthanize fish if it comes to that. Far better than to start losing them to diseases caused by overcrowding and poor water quality. I know we don't like to think about it, but the fish breeding industry culls far more fish than they keep. It's sometimes the best of two hard choices.

Do test your water and see where you're at with parameters. That will tell you a lot about how quickly you need to act.
 
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That's false. But nature will take over and thin the herd.


Indeed. And that's on purpose.


Very different than 50 in 1000 gallons.

Keep trying @420benz . But in the end, there are humane ways to euthanize fish if it comes to that. Far better than to start losing them to diseases caused by overcrowding and poor water quality. I know we don't like to think about it, but the fish breeding industry culls far more fish than they keep. It's sometimes the best of two hard choices.

Do test your water and see where you're at with parameters. That will tell you a lot about how quickly you need to act.
"But in the end, there are humane ways to euthanize fish if it comes to that. Far better than to start losing them to diseases caused by overcrowding and poor water quality. I know we don't like to think about it, but the fish breeding industry culls far more fish than they keep. It's sometimes the best of two hard choices."

As @Lisak1 says, humane euthanasia is a better option than letting fish die of disease due to over crowding and disease.


The following article is an in-depth review of humane euthanasia methods, including fish. I know it's not an easy or popular topic, but sometimes it must be considered.
 
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I would add filtration, and aeration, and plants, or build a new or bigger pond, or rehome them before I euthanized my fish due to overcrowding.

420benz, you may or may not be overcrowded with 50 goldfish in a 1000 gallon pond.
 
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Every morning as soon as i open the back door to the pond to feed them they all gather in the same area to be fed. I could never euthanize any of them. I think i will wait until next spring and see how many new fish they leave me and then i will make a decision. I have a 5000 gal. Oase Biosmart filter and a 2500 Gal. Sicce Green filter {without fish}.3 waterfalls and 2 bubbles. I have 2 water lilies and two floating creeping jenny plants.I vacuum the bottom of the pond twice a year.
 
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You are very well filtered for your pond size and number of fish! I think your fish will be fine if you keep them all. I was over filtered for my small pond and it allowed me to be much more crowded than usually recommended on here. My fish did not have babies I ever saw last year. So I think they either did not reproduce or ate all eggs or babies.
 
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This is for what it’s worth…. In my first year of having a Koi pond, I had a huge spawn ….. it was the most stressful year trying to give them away and dealing with what was left. Needless to say it was a disaster. Now 6 years later they spawn every spring but I don’t have any fry that survive. But if I did I would go catch a predator from a local lake….. one bluegill will get every fry that is in that pond…… then in the fall take it back to your local lake and release it back….
 
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