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what can i stock this with?
Old 08-22-2012, 05:05 PM   #1
 
what can i stock this with?

i have a small pond- it looks like a fake half barrel with a fake old looking well pump on it. i cant fin a pic of it online yet... il look into that. i live in northern Georgia, and it gets around freezing in the winter. it snows sometime, but i would put it under my deck, so it would be safe from that.
the only problem is i would need it to eat mosquitoes or i cant set it up. i can only get the fish at petco/petsmart, so my resources are limited
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:33 PM   #2
 
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i have a small pond- it looks like a fake half barrel with a fake old looking well pump on it. i cant fin a pic of it online yet... il look into that. i live in northern Georgia, and it gets around freezing in the winter. it snows sometime, but i would put it under my deck, so it would be safe from that.
the only problem is i would need it to eat mosquitoes or i cant set it up. i can only get the fish at petco/petsmart, so my resources are limited



Alright. im not a pond expert. but koi can do the job. also have you thought of putting some bull frogs in there. they eat those mosquitos up. but i really dont know about any more than that.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:31 PM   #3
 
We Have 2 Ponds. We Live In Florida So We Dont Have To Worry About The Freezing Over. But Koi Fish Can Grow Big And Nice Depending On The Environment. And A Few Frogs Would Be Nice.
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Old 08-24-2012, 11:57 AM   #4
 
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Alright. im not a pond expert. but koi can do the job. also have you thought of putting some bull frogs in there. they eat those mosquitos up. but i really dont know about any more than that.
Koi are not the fish for a small pond. Not by any means. They can grow around 3 feet long and produce more waste than goldfish. They are not large predators of mosquitoes. They root around in the bottom for food; not exactly where mosquitoes and their larvae hang out.

Perhaps you could look into some smaller native fish like the shiners and dace. Gambusia (sometimes called mosquitofish) are a native livebearer that would do the job. You can find these fish in the streams and rivers around your house. The sailfin molly is another hardy species that can be kept outdoors and is native to your region of the US.
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:45 PM   #5
 
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Koi are not the fish for a small pond. Not by any means. They can grow around 3 feet long and produce more waste than goldfish. They are not large predators of mosquitoes. They root around in the bottom for food; not exactly where mosquitoes and their larvae hang out.

Perhaps you could look into some smaller native fish like the shiners and dace. Gambusia (sometimes called mosquitofish) are a native livebearer that would do the job. You can find these fish in the streams and rivers around your house. The sailfin molly is another hardy species that can be kept outdoors and is native to your region of the US.
I live in GA, and I know of a good slow moving stream about 7' across, would they be here?
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:01 PM   #6
 
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There are most certainly some small minnows there. As for sailfin molly, I'm not too sure. They are typically found on the coast. Gambusia might be there; they look just like guppies. What would be best to do is take a net and a camera. Get pictures of the fish you find and ID them. Don't take anything from the stream unless you know the species name. Some of the fish there might be either state or federally endangered; being in possession of these animals carries a hefty fine.

Fishes of Georgia
This is a list of fish in Georgia. If you click on a name, you will see the areas this fish has been found as well as a picture of the fish. Gambusia is on there. It's easier to ctrl+f than to scroll down to it.
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:01 PM   #7
 
thanks! tomorrow in going to the stream to ID fish, maybe take some cool looking samples home and keep em in my community tank. do you know of some way i could ID them other than looking through those 2000 fish pics?
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:37 PM   #8
 
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Haha! Do I smell another North American native fishkeeper in the works? You should try looking up NANFA.

Unfortunately, I don't know of any online ID keys. I have field guides that I use to ID fish. The Peterson Field Guide to Freshwater Fish of North America is the one I most commonly use, but it's also rather technical. The Audobon Society has a guide that is a little less so and more picture heavy. I think your best bet is going to be that online guide. You won't have to click through hundreds of pictures if you use a little bit of science. A lot of what you will find will be in the order Cypriniformes. The shiners, dace, and minnows are going to comprise a lot of stuff. I know that's a lot of fish names, but it's more than the whole page. You will probably find some members of the Perciformes mostly in the families and Centrarchidae and Percidae. If you've looked through all of those order but still haven't found the fish you caught, then go through the rest of the page.
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:35 PM   #9
 
Thank you! Now I've got somewhere to start.
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Old 08-25-2012, 05:19 PM   #10
 
I've kinda given in to my plans... I got 3 comet goldfish.
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