WI Goldfish Pond


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Greetings from WI! Have had pond (and my oldest fish) for about 20 yrs but this is the first winter Ive left the fishies outside. It was getting to be mid December and still warm so I thought - hey, we've had such mild winters lately, why not leave them outside this year. So then what happens - record cold polar vortex of -25 F several nights in a row! After some trial and error I now have a pond breather + a 200 watt deicer both running together + a sort of an improvised greenhouse structure over it.

This spring I'm going to be re-doing my pond - downsizing actually from about 800 to about 500 gals. It's a long story, the railroad owns half of what Ive been using as my back yard (as have the previous owners for the last 100 yrs.) and I need to vacate the space that's not mine.... which means removing the pond since its 1/2 on my land and 1/2 on theirs.

For my current pond, I was inspired by Celtic holy wells which are found throughout the British Isles and date back thousands of years .... I wanted it to have an overgrown ruin like look, and it sorta does now (this pic is from when it was first put in). I think the new smaller one will have similar kind of feel, except I think I want the water to enter via a gurgling spring rather than a big gusher waterfall - something a little more subtle and not so noisy.

Ive been having good results from the Matala Biosteps 10 filter which I willl continue to use - highly recommend those! One thing I like about it is that I can put in a real super fine filter pad on the end when I need to, which really is good at filtering out fish poop residue or the pollen from the pine tree. Or a charcoal filter to clean the water when it turns brown from pine needles.

Nice to have found a pond community! Had a local pond guru, but he went out of business yrs ago.

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welcome and it has been to nice here .All my trees have buds on them .Great pond and glad you are successful
 
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Hello and welcome to the forum! Great to have you here :)
 
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Welcome to the forum! :)
 
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What a pretty pond! Welcome to the GPF! What part of WI are you in? I was born and raised in Green Bay and live on the other side of "The Cheddar Curtain" now.
 

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Welcome to our group! That is a very nice pond, love the rock work!
 
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Thx all! So many Midwesterners/Cheese heads (and a shout out to ya'll in the UK - one of my fav parts of the world I must say!).

In Madison, WI now at the moment....

"Cheddar curtain" - how funny. Im picturing something yellow with holes... sorta like those cheese hats they sell in the airport, only in curtain form!
 
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Wow have a natural spring fed 60x60 pond with creek overflow bought 28cent goldfish now five years later have about 30 different sizes,colors two Hugh spayed carp only feed summer,no problems or sickness could I put in a few fresh water mussels?? I don’t want to reck a good thing
 

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