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ashleyjoy1989 07-10-2011 08:55 PM

wanting to build...
i've been wanting to build a pond at the house. i was wondering if there was a good way to do it, as i am renting the house i live in.

i was also curious to which is "more fun" and "better" to have, koi or goldfish? i have a 2 year old that loves the 2 gold fish we have in our tank.

also, is there a way to make it less attractive to mosquitoes?

any opinions would would great! thank you sooo much in advance!

jennesque 07-10-2011 09:03 PM

I'd definitely check with the person you're renting the place from before putting it in and see what they have to say about it. You might have to do something above ground, like some sort of a tub. And I can't comment on which is more "fun", but aren't goldfish significantly cheaper than koi? Might want to start out with goldfish.. but I don't really know much of anything about then.

I did want to say that moving water is the best way to avoid mosquitoes (without chemicals or tiki torches). Get some sort of small water fountain to move the water, because mosquitoes lay their eggs in warm, stagnant water.

redchigh 07-23-2011 11:09 AM

I don't really think mosquitos are an issue as long as you have steep sides (like in a container) and fish.

ladayen 07-26-2011 04:53 PM

Koi are expensive and can grow over 2' long. Goldfish generally top out at about 1'.

Mosquitos shouldn't be much of an issue really as the fish will eat them.

Bluebirdnanny 08-03-2011 09:56 AM


Originally Posted by redchigh (Post 747480)
I don't really think mosquitos are an issue as long as you have steep sides (like in a container) and fish.

Just an FYI: mosquito will breed in a deep buck (steep straight side) even only 1/4 filled with water. Movement is the best option to prevent them. But as said before... fish will eat mosquito larvae.

onefish2fish 08-03-2011 10:10 AM

as bad as you want this it may be wise to hold off until you have a place of your own. alot of time and money will be put into this only to not have it at your next place. just something to think about.

jarshoe 02-15-2012 09:02 PM

I have a 100 gallon Rubbermaid tub I picked up at Tractor Supply. I keep tropical fish in it from May through September. Little to no water movement and never had a problem with mosquitos. It is cheap and portable. Shouldn't be an issue with any landlord.

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