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Jal0402
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Should you feed goldfish in an outside pond in the winter?
« on: April 23, 2008, 01:35:38 PM »

..just wondering
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Maxtor
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Re: Should you feed goldfish in an outside pond in the winter?
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2008, 01:33:47 PM »

It depends what the water temp is. If you live in a really cold climate and the water has gone below about 45 degrees F then the fish are hibernating and have no need to eat. You have to make sure they are really well fed during the warm months so they build up a good layer of fat to get them through the winter.  Smiley
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ERYN
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Re: Should you feed goldfish in an outside pond in the winter?
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2008, 01:31:46 PM »

I  AM MAD.ARE YOU Huh
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ERYN
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Re: Should you feed goldfish in an outside pond in the winter?
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2008, 01:41:58 PM »

BUT WHAT IF THEY DIE?WON'T THAT BE BAD? Embarrassed
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Izzy
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Re: Should you feed goldfish in an outside pond in the winter?
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2008, 04:53:02 PM »

If the temperature is below 50 degrees F or is soon going to be, DO NOT FEED THEM! At this temperature they are not capable of digesting food so it'll just rot in their gut and kill them.
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cindy jones
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Re: Should you feed goldfish in an outside pond in the winter?
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2008, 04:07:03 PM »

I live in Minneapolis and have a plastic pond.  It's about 2 1/2 ft. underground.  I tried to take all the water out and found I still had a goldfish in it. What do I do with the fish during the winter? 
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Mindemae
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Re: Should you feed goldfish in an outside pond in the winter?
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2010, 03:38:43 PM »

I bring my fish indoors for the winter some time in the fall...end of october or beginning of nov.  However, a few years ago, I just left the fish out in the pond for the winter and ran a heater on top of the pond just to keep an open space so gases could get out.  The fish go into hibernation so don't need to be fed at all for the winter.
I got so I really missed my fish during the winter months so that is why I bring them indoors now.  They live in a 55 gallon aquarium for those few months and then I put them out in the ponds come spring, April or May.
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Re: Should you feed goldfish in an outside pond in the winter?
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2010, 09:22:17 AM »

If the fish don't eat during cold months, don't feed them. Uneaten food will just foul the water. When the weather warms up they'll get more active and they'll get their appetite back.
If it gets really cold in your area (Snow etc), think about keeping them indoors over winter. A lot of people keep koi in their basements or garages over winter.
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Re: Should you feed goldfish in an outside pond in the winter?
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2010, 05:29:30 AM »

Here is a short feeding guide for Koi - it can be transfered to Goldfish as well, but goldfish dosnt need so much food as Koi, and sometimes you dont want them to grow to fast..

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Re: Should you feed goldfish in an outside pond in the winter?
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2010, 11:18:33 AM »

I live in BC Canada and we do get very cold winters, as a matter of fact each year the pond freezes solid.  As was said in another post feed them pleanty during the summer months, watch how much they eat by feeding smaller amounts first until all is eaten then add a little more until they stop eating this will tell you how much they will eat at each feeding.  I feed ours twice a day during the hotter period and as the weather cools you cut back the amoount making sure they eat it all. The goldfish will eventually eat very little to nothing as the cols sets in the pond will freeze and the are in hibernation until spring if you live in this type of winter.  In the spring the cycle starts all over.
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