Zero experience, planning a small pond this summer!

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    sissy sissy

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    a zoo and your going to get a hardtop too .LOL
     
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    Animal lover here too. What kind of birds to you have? We have a Goffins Cockatoo, her name is Gabby and she lives up to it!! Love her to pieces!!
     
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    rintintin Erin

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    A few Budgies, a Green Cheek Conure, and a White Bellied Caique. :lol: My dream birds are a Sun Conure, Painted Conure, Blue Crown Conure, African Grey, and Eclectus. If only I could handle living with and taking care of all of them! I'm already worried about my Caique when we have a baby in the future, I'm afraid it wont work out because she screams when my Husband walks in from work and when I use the blow dryer, lol. Great personality, she just reacts to noises (like right this moment she is going nuts because my Husband is vaccuuming in another part of the house) and with a newborn I don't know how that will work. My GCC is quiet as a mouse.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    We have cut down on animals at our home as DH has just retired and we only have our two indoor/outdoor cats and the one very old feral cat I rescued over 15yrs ago. When it gets too cold I have to catch her and bring her into my computer room to stay warm.The rest of the time she lives outdoors but DH made an insulated house for her up on a table on our covered porch. Oh and I have one 12" Pleco in an aquarium but he's looking for a new home soon and then of course I have my goldies out in the pond. We have enough wild critters to enjoy out here in the woods to keep us happy for now.
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    I love Budgies, very smart little fellows. I would also love to have an African Grey, maybe one day. Gabby was rehomed to us, I don't know why her previous owners gave her to us. She is not much of a screamer, a few minutes in the morning and a few minutes in the evening. She loves to play with her toys and is very social. Kinda scared of new things. She also understands several words and can respond. She's a hoot.
     
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    rintintin Erin

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    Very understandable, we haven't even started our family yet so we have plenty of furry kids!

    You're very lucky, those 'Too's can be something else! I love the budgies too, they are funny, but it is the little Green Cheek that is my favorite. He is such a ham and so adorable. He loves me to death, and is so sweet. My Caique has a great disposition, but Caique's are just different, I'd never dream of cuddling her, although I can do absolutely anything I want to her... she is just not cuddly. :lol: I just love animals, I love learning about them and enjoying their presence in our life. I can't wait for our pond to be started!
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Erin if you can we'd love to watch the progress of your pond build so post lots of pictures and it gives others ideas on what different things they can do w/ their ponds :lol:
     
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    thats right jw just help the pond addiction give us more ideas LOL
     
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    rintintin Erin

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    Oh don't worry. I love being behind the camera. :fish: I wish we could start like NOW, but we have to wait until our fence is done because I don't want to deal with the city if they have something to say when they are out for the fence. I also need an outlet installed out there, but we have the electrician thing covered. We are pulling the permit for our fence on Monday!!!
     
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    Rintintin, If you are thinking of comets you should look into sarasa comets. They are really pretty and a lot of them have long tails. You can also mix shubunkins in with them too. Shubunkins have calico colors and come in a lot of different color combinations. There are some other interesting goldfish that would mix in with these like wakin and watonai. These are harder to find and generally more expensive. You definitely want to stay away from fancy goldfish like ryukin, oranda ,lionheads, bubble-eyes etc because these don't mix well with the faster fish and have a harder time competing for food. Also they have difficulty surviving really cold temperatures. Good luck with your pond!
     
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    Thanks, I didn't realize you couldn't mix them... but I kinda like the ones you're talking about better anyways. Last night we bought 6 rosy red minnows and 6 feeder goldfish. The goldfish are the long fin kind, a few look like comets with the orange and white and some have black on them too. I have them in an indoor tank for now, I figure I save money buying the tiny ones and let them get bigger while we plan and build the pond. :) I got the 12 fish and food for less then $5! The big gold fish are $3/ea and up!
     
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    Rintintin, that sounds like a great start. My nicest shubunkins were originally purchased for $1.99 at Petsmart. Once your pond gets established you may want to stay away from feeder fish. Feeder fish tend to be more stressed out and diseased than other fish. Thats smart to get your pond going first. You definitely want to cycle it and do water tests before adding a lot of fish. Good luck with the planning and building!
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    My little feeder fish survived the winter and have doubled in size, under 8 inches of ice all winter. The petsmart guy picked out some nice ones for me with colors and fins.
     
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    Addy, One year I bought 3 feeders and I couldn't get over the fact that I paid one penny tax on each fish. There are not too many things nowadays that you can buy and only pay a penny tax! (Sorry koi owners you probably cannot relate to this conversation)
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Laughing cometkeith................I want fishes I don't have to stress over. And love the price giggle.

    I do want to get a few shubies, I have one with a triple tail, the rest are goldies.
     
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    I got these at Petsmart, I went looking around today and I didn't find any store who had nice healthy goldfish. I would have rather bought at a smaller place, but what can you do when none of them seem to take care of them anyways. I did avoid the really nasty petsmart tank with tons of dead ones, but what gets me is that they ALWAYS take water out of a random tank and then put all my fish in bags by species, not by what tank they came OUT of to begin with... so what the heck.:) So I just feel like I have a few months to know if they are okay or not and then once the pond is up I will know if they are still around then they are okay. I'd buy them online and spend more money if I could pick them out, but I don't know where I could pick the Goldfish out before purchasing except locally.


    That's where I got mine too. :)

    Lol... no sense in starting with Koi anyways until you get all the kinks worked out and know your ready for a more expensive fish.

    Yes those are pretty. :)
     
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    rintintin, you are totally right about them taking water from another tank and putting it in the bag. That shocked me too. You can usually tell the stores that have fresh looking tanks. I actually have been pretty successful with the $2-$6 fish from petsmart. I think they get their fish from breeders that know what they are doing and they keep their tanks in nice shape. They usually get shipments once a week and they will be happy to tell you what day they arrive. I have my heart set on getting a watonai from a breeder in Hawaii that sells them for my next fish, but I am probably overstocked now and will have to wait.
     
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    I put 10 feeder fish in my first rebuild (4-5 years ago) and all of them are still alive. I went to a locally owned store, the owners let me and my daughter sit on the floor and scoop out the exact ones we wanted. I love them, even if they did start their lives as feeder fish.
     
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    I go to a koi farm in Reidsville North Carolina he has all kinds of fish in one huge greenhouse in tanks
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    We have a nice store here with fish plants etc, But I would rather pay 1-2 dollars for a shubunkin instead of 10-15 dollars they charge for the same size of fish.
     
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