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    Question Fish Pond Help

    OH finally got around to emptying the pond out side. We dont think it had been touched in about 2 years (the first owners had an amazing garden but the last owners killed off most of it)

    The water was so green you couldn't see the bottem, it was gross.

    Much to our shock we've found at least 4 large goldfish still alive.

    We're going to rescue them tonight so we can clean out the pond tomorrow.
    I know to keep them in the same water and introduce clean water slowly to get them used to it.

    But I've never owned pond fish, apart from checking the Ph levels of the water and feeding them (No idea what with) does anyone know what else I should do?

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    My parents have a large fish pond in their front yard and a small one in the back.

    As far as I know, dad just tries to keep it clean by cleaning it out every few months. Has your pond got a water recycling sort of function? Both of Dad's have waterfalls and this helps ciculate the water round (it's only on for a couple of hours a day though). TBH I don't think Dad even feeds the fish - they catch bugs and insects off the water surface and plants!

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    It has quite a big filter system, but not sure yet if it works. The pump didn't work so we've got a new one. It does have a waterfall but all it needs new pipes.

    The first owners had an amazing set up but it's going to take a while to get it all working again I think

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    It sounds like they're going to be easy to care for though.

    I was so excited. I wanted fish but OH didn't. Fate is saying we were supposed to have them

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    Lol they are really lovely to have - very calmy and apparently very good luck and bring good energy to the house (if you believe feng shui). And it's amazing how HUGE some of the fish get compared to when you keep goldfish in a tank inside!!

    I'm sure with a bit of hard work you'll have it looking lovely in no time - and you'll appreciate it all the more because of the effort!

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    I'm not much into feng shui but my MIL is so she'll be happy to hear that

    We've caught I think 7 fish (it's a bit hard to count since the water is so dark). Theres definatly 2 gold, 2 white (1 didn't look to healthy though) and 2 maybe 3 browny silver ones that dont look like gold fish.

    Hopefully they'll live the night in their temperary home.

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    How'd your fishies go overnight?

    I forgot to say, once the water is all sparkling crystal clear, you made need to pop some sort of wire or netting over the top as you'll probably get a few birds hanging around looking for a snack....

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    I just checked and I cant actually see them in the bucket but none are floating and the water moved when I took the cover off so I'm pretty sure they're alive.

    I never thought about birds, we're eventually going to but a shade cloth over the the area where the pond is (it's in a little courtyard type of thing) so I might put a temp net over it untill we can get that done.

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    Lol I only know because I've seen it happen - mum and dad live on the border of a bush area, so there's tons of birds around.

    Well, if there's non floating that's a pretty good sign!!

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    Hey Bordeaux,

    Everything C&B's mum said - she's spot on. This is the first place we haven't had a goldfish pond, so kind of miss it. Juus haven't got around to it yet, I guess.

    Goldfish are usually very hardy, hence their being the natural choice for yard ponds etc.
    Goldfish food is available everywhere, but don't overfeed, or else you will have to clean and refill the pond a heck of a lot more often, which isn't good.

    The biggest problem we have ever had (the only one really) is death by birds preying on them. The pond truly must have wire or netting protection over the top of it. Even if you live in the middle of the city, well birds will still find fish, believe me!

    And of course having a pump of some type that recirculates the water a bit each day certainly helps in keeping it cleaner for longer. If you haven't got a working pump at present, simply grabbing a net/broom stick or something and moving the water around at intervals each day can help. The sun is what helps to cause algae in the water and sides, so shade is also very helpful in keeping it clean.

    Best of luck, and enjoy.

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