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Old 06-30-2005, 10:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Proper fish for ponds?

I have a 200 gallon pond. It is about 3 feet at its deepest. I'm debating whether to add fish to it or not. If I do add fish, I think it may be too small for koi.

What other types of fish could do well there? BTW, I'm in Florida were it gets down in the 30sF for a couple of days a year.
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If I were to do a pond in S. Florida I'd go with large and/or colorful Gourami/Anabantoids and livebearers in a heartbeat. It just gets too warm down there for goldfish and koi. If your tap water is has hard as I think it might be African Cichlids would be good too.

I've got a friend in Baton Rouge, LA that keeps Angels and Discus in her pond.

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I would second the livebearers. Swordtails get quite large outdoors. I have some females that are a solid 4" long.
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By last check, the water in Miami is KH 3, GH 4. It's WAY soft -- much softer than you'd think considering our aquifer percolates through and remains in limestone.

Swordtails wouldn't be a bad idea, as they have broad dorsal surfaces and lots of color.

Paradise fish and blue gouramis don't look too bad either.

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Many people use feeder goldfish in ponds.
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Goldfish are good becasue you can see them, they were bred to be wider and more colorful so you can see them in a pond. Tropicals are slim and hard to notice for the most part, better at hiding from predators that catch from above. depending on how you view the pond and how thickly you stock it, either may work.
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What about some kind of natives like Florida Flag Fish, Jordanella Floridae?
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Well, we found out the hard way that turtles in a 100g pond are just considered 'take-out' food. Two nights after we got them (two red-ear sliders) they were abducted by a racoon. One of the basking rocks knocked into the pond was the giveaway on who took them.

What's left in there are three Shubunkin goldfish, a handful of locally caught minnows and some excess Endlers from my 20g tank. I know only the goldfish and minnows (some form of Shiner, I believe...the males have bright orange/red fins) will over-winter in the pond. The Endlers will be dealt with at the end of summer. I still have to see if the statue of cranes I have at the edge of the pond will discourage the Egrets from dining on the fish.
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Why not add Piranha? I've seen a lot of people keep Piranha in ponds due to their hardy nature; they can cope with extremes without too much stress. Plus it'll sure keep everyone entertained! And it's a great way to deter pests from your backyard.
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i have a 200 gallon pond here in texas and i have discovered that guppies are really, really pretty in the pond setting. i live by a lake and we have every kind of fishing-bird through here between the lake and the fact that we are also on the migration route...therefore anything that is longer than 4" and wide (to be easily seen) is gone overnight.
i like the idea of tossing the excess guppies in there as well as they seem to cut down on the mosquitos.
the issue with koi is that they get to be huge and will outgrow an average pond quite quickly--imho.
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