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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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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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 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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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 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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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 of a triangular shape, about 10' x12' x15' (3 x 3.6 x 4.5 m) by two feet (60 cm) deep. For ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Why did all 45 goldfish (and 2 mosquitos) in my pond suddenly begin an overnight, 4-day die-off?

I have a pond, which contains the water volume of 6000 liters (1600 gallons). I am very frustrated: my 45 or so goldfish and several mosquito fish were so happy. Then, literally overnight, they ...