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radtexas
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Best goldfish for a deeper pond
« on: May 13, 2009, 09:06:44 AM »

I just finished a pond for our back yard.  It was originally going to be a koi only pond but because of the size it would not contain many koi.  It is about 2300 gallons and 3 1/2 foot to 5 1/2 foot deep.  I was wondering what types of goldfish would strive best in this enviroment.  I live in East Texas so winters are not to hard.  I read a comment in a different forum that some goldfish might not do well in deeper water.  Our plan is to try and have two butterfly koi and maybe 12 or so goldfish.  Any advice is appreciated.
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Re: Best goldfish for a deeper pond
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2009, 09:09:22 AM »

No longer guest as I just registered.   Wink

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Re: Best goldfish for a deeper pond
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2009, 10:36:57 PM »

Wow. You have a really pretty looking pond. It's really visually appealing to look at.

Well as far as what type of goldfish is best.  Goldfish with streamlined bodies such as comets and shubunkins are pretty much mistakes proof and will do well in almost any water temperatures.  Fancy goldfish varieties won't do as well if the water temperatures drop below 50 for any extended period of time during the winter months.

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Re: Best goldfish for a deeper pond
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2009, 08:05:07 PM »

I live in Burlington, Ontario, Canada I have a 3 foot deep pond with about 50 Lionhead Goldfish that spend the summer and winter in the pond and have for the last 10 years. They have up to 6 inches of ice on their pond often from mid November until late March or early April. Some are as big as 8 inches long. They often have a bit of a hazy look first thing when the ice melts and they start to move about. Once the filter and the UV get started and the pond starts to warm they clear up and are just fine. They usually spawn the last week in April for the first time. The eggs have to be taken indoors to hatch as they do not hatch well in such cold water. In their pond I also keep Gold Dojos and Gold Medakas that have a substained population that also survive the winters.

I believe all goldfish can survive winters out of doors in most moderitly cold climates. Just Bubble Eyes and very long finned Veiled types may have problems. The biggest problem a fish has is being owned by a person that is too lazy to clean a pond properly to prepare for winter.

Every winterI keep several hundred small koi and lionheads in a above ground  pond constructed with 12" planks with a liner. A plastic greenhouse style frame is set over it and with only an air stone in one corner they make it 99%. The ice that forms inside on below zero cold nights and days is never more than an inch.
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