Questions tagged [pond]

Ponds are natural or artificial outdoor fresh water basins, commonly used to host a variety of aquatic creatures. Questions are about pets that live in ponds, such as fish, amphibians, clams and crustaceans.

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Had Koi for five winters this year they have all slowly died in a span of a week

My wife was at our local Country Garden where the women said we should remove the filter for the winter. I have left the filter running the last five winters and have never had a problem. But this ...
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Do turtles need direct sunlight?

I'm working on an outside place for my yellow bellied slider and the best location would not get direct sunlight. It's outdoors, facing south (in Europe), but it's covered by an overhang and has some ...
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Why did all my goldfish suddenly die?

I have read this question, and this one, about goldfish/pond life suddenly dying. These situations are similar, but not identical to my own, and so I'm not sure whether this question is a duplicate. ...
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Colour for turtle pond

I'm planning an outside enclosure for my yellow bellied slider. The idea would be to build a fiberglass tank with a basking Island and a partly shaded "beach". My initial idea was to make it a clear ...
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What substrate/base should I use for this small fish pond?

I have bought a property that has a tiny decorative pond with waterfall and sizeable filter. It looks as though a larger pond use to be in its place. I plan to install this product: https://www....
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Is it necessary to cover the top in a pond with silver arowana?

I have a 400 gallon (1500 L) pond with two oscars, two tinfoil barbs and a 10" silver arowana. I've had this arowana for like 2 months and it hasn't try to jump out, yet. It has plenty of room to ...
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Why did my koi pond fish die?

My family got 3 pond fish which were koi. I realized one fish was getting bigger/swollen looking. After a few months he was getting really swollen or big and during the month he stopped eating I ...
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Can fish live in a plant-filled pond without being fed?

I have small fishes (I don't know what kind they are) in a 500 gallon pond that are very hardy. They survived their previous home (hundreds of fishes in a 70 gallon pond with no water circulation at ...
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Goldfish die in hours

I've had a pond for several months. Up until this week, there have been hundreds of toad tadpoles living in it. However, fish continually die in the pool. Not sure what to do. I left one in the ...
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Did the Bird's Eye chili kill my pond fishes?

I have a small garden pond (1x1m and a foot deep) that is surrounded by plants that bear red/orange flowers/fruits. When the chili plant became mature, the chili peppers just fell off into the pond ...
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What happens when a gold fish pond freezes?

I used to have a neighbor with a gold fish pond, and large (8 inch, 20 CM) or bigger gold fish (Koi?). The pond was only about a foot deep and would often freeze over and/or freeze solid. As I ...
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Why did my established pond suddenly have a mass death event?

For over 8 years I have had a pond in the corner of my home. It is a triangle shape about 10'x12'x15' (3 m x 3.6 m x 4.5 m) by two feet (70 cm) deep. For years I have had two koi, random other pond ...
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Would an alligator decoy work to deter herons in a state where alligators don't live?

I've heard that placing an alligator decoy in a pond will deter herons from visiting stopping by to eat all the expensive koi that live in it. This made me curious, because I live in a northern state ...
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Why are my fish dying?

Since moving house 8 weeks ago iv'e inherited a fish pond containing around 20 fish which is 270cm in length, 130cm wide, and 35cm deep in the middle. It uses a Hozelock Cyprio Ecopower Plus 5000 ...
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What role does algae play in healthy pond life?

The answer to this question about surface area to volume led me to an interesting article: LOW OXYGEN AND POND AERATION William A. Wurts, Senior State Specialist for Aquaculture Kentucky State ...
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How can I tell if my goldfish is being bullied?

I was watching my goldfish swim around and one appeared to be chasing the other in circles. This did not last long and then they seemed to be relaxed and following each other and just swimming ...
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How high should our goldfish pond be filled from the top?

Our goldfish was recently found outside the pond, on the ground. The cat was playing with it. The cat may have fished it out of the pond or the fish may have jumped out, as the pond was very full. ...
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Can goldfish bully each other after an injury?

One of our goldfish was found outside of the pond, on the ground and the cat was sitting next to it, playing with it. We are not sure if the cat fished the goldfish out or if it jumped out, as the ...
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Why does my European pond turtle rest on the back of my red-eared slider?

I have a European pond turtle and a red-eared slider as pets. They had been living together in harmony in an aquarium for about 8 years, but when I moved them both to a larger aquarium a year ago, I ...
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Do smaller numbers of goldfish form pairs?

I've been asking a lot of questions about goldfish, as I am preparing for a bigger pond. I currently have three comets that I will move to the bigger pond. The pond will be approx 350 L so there ...
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Which snails can I use to just eat algae?

I'm trying to optimize my ponds through natural means. Per "Would my fish benefit from snails in their pot pond?", I understand that my fish would benefit from snails, but I don't know which species ...
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What plants and animals can naturally oxygenate a fish pond?

I have three freshwater fish pond pots. I do not have a man-made filtration system and the fish are doing well. "How do I balance surface area and volume in my outdoor fish pond?" asks about ...
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Is it true that goldfish growth is limited by container size?

As I grew up, I was taught that a goldfish will only grow to a certain point dependent upon the size of their container and how many fish are in the container; all the fish within the same container ...
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Choosing a second fish for a lone goldfish

I have a lone goldfish, a comet, about 10 cm long from tip to tail. I want to buy a second fish and am wondering about size. Is it ok to introduce a much smaller goldfish, or maybe three smaller ...
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How do I balance surface area and volume in my outdoor fish pond?

I have three outdoor fish pot ponds. They are taller then they are wide. Now this mean the surface area meeting the atmosphere is quite small compared to the volume. I was under the impression, that ...
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Is my goldfish ok on his own in a pot pond?

I have three big outdoor pot ponds for goldfish. There were three living in a pot together for 2-3 years. I then moved the biggest fish into a separate pond pot by himself, as he was bumping at one of ...
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Filtration of smaller ponds

I've asked some questions about my goldfish What indicates whether my outdoor goldfish are healthy or ill? and noticed a lot of response referring to the likelihood that fish would survive in such an ...
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What indicates whether my outdoor goldfish are healthy or ill?

I keep goldfish in large outdoor pots (homemade ponds). Other than noting their swiftness when surfacing for food, it is difficult to determine if my goldfish are unwell. It is only obvious they are ...
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How do I know if there is too much algae in an outdoor fish pond or pot?

This question Would my fish benefit from snails in their pot pond? asks about having snails in a fish pond/pot to reduce algae. My fish are happily living in a outdoor ceramic pots, approx 80cm high ...
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Would my fish benefit from snails in their pot pond?

"How do I know if there is too much algae in an outdoor fish pond or pot?" tracks the potential issues with too much algae in my fishes environment. I keep goldfish outdoors in large, ceramic pots, ...
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How to prepare a pond for crayfish?

We received some crayfish as a gift shortly after our new pond was finished. Sadly we had no idea under which conditions they had to be kept and as the only hiding place was the covering shield above ...
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Does a pond have to be covered with a net during fall?

There are several different trees and bushes surrounding our pond. As fall season peaks, the amount of leaves and needles falling into the pond gets quite high. There are koi, sturgeon and goldfish ...
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How to determine the amount of fish that can live in a pond?

How many fish can live in a pond? As ponds are normally not the natural habitat of the fish that live in them (ie: goldfish, kois and sturgeons in my case), how do I determine how much is too much or ...
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How much to feed outdoor goldfish, that feed on insects?

I have gold fish in an outdoor pond. During the winter months I feed them a regular amount and they are doing well. As we are coming into summer there are more insects around, that fall into the pond, ...
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How should I feed sturgeons during winter?

We currently have two sturgeons in our pond. I heard that they are active during winter and need to be fed. How much do they need (in relation to their weight or number)? How often and at which time ...
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How can I protect a fish pond during the winter?

We have a pond with several fish in it (koi, sturgeon, goldfish). We live in a temperate area where the pond is covered by a layer of ice for several weeks during winter. How can I ensure the fish ...