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Old 06-24-2011, 11:30 AM
 
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I made a comment on another thread and there seemed to be some interest and skepticism so I though it might be worth a seperate thread.

I live in southern Indiana and keep aquarium fish in my backyard ponds from about the middle of June until early September. The limiting factor is the low temperature of the water. I chose 70 F as my lower boundary. High water temperatures will be in the mid 80's during most summers.

My ponds are constructed so there is a deeper area of about 3' x 6' which makes the fish easier to catch in the fall. I use a minnow seine to catch most of them and a regular aquarium net to catch the last few.

Normal summer fish populations include goldfish up to about 10" and a 12" or so Koi. This summer my tropicals include giant danios, australian rainbowfish, tiger barbs, platies, Pseudotrophus aceii, electric blue cichlids, and black skirt tetras.

I create a shelter for the fish with plastic crates filled with fist-sized or so stones and 3" - 4" diameter plastic pipes. Normal plants include water lilies and water hyanciths.

I'm not sure just how long I've been doing this, but I built a second pond in 1989 because of success with the first.

I started with Lake Malawi cichlids. Most barbs, danios and livebearers would also be good starter fish.
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Old 06-24-2011, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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It would be nice if you could post a picture of your ponds. Looks like you did a great job!
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Old 06-24-2011, 06:23 PM
 
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I'll never win any prizes for most beautiful water garden, but the flowers are nice.



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Old 06-24-2011, 09:35 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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couldnt get away with that here in ct the temps fluctuate too much and i wont put MY tropicals in anything under 74 (this seems to be where most tropical fish would be naturally) but i can definalty see giant danio doing fine and most of the south americans...
we stick to the cool water fish (goldies and koi) that way we dont have to fuss as much in the winter lol. but if it works for you i say go for it love your lilly pads.
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Old 06-25-2011, 06:57 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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That's a nice pond!

It's been years since I've had tropical fish so I'm not knowledgeable about them any more but if you live in a warm area, I don't see why not. Too much fluctuation in Michigan temps, not to mention everything freezing in winter.
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Old 06-26-2011, 06:38 AM
 
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That's a beautiful pond! I've known people in southern states and even Mexico that put tropical fish in outdoor ponds, and the fish were very healthy and beautiful. On another forum I remember someone sharing pics of their pond filled with mollies and angelfish, they were gorgeous! I'm in Ct. like Foxy though, and our temps are not consistently warm enough in the summer to put tropicals in our ponds. Even right now it's getting into the 50's at night, and was only in the 60's during the days last week! Last summer I put a huge plastic tub on my deck and filled it with plants, guppies and platies, but I could only do that for a few months before it turned too cold again. They sure did thrive while they were out there, though.
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Old 09-05-2011, 03:53 PM
 
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Default Time to clean the ponds.

It's fall, time to clean the ponds.

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Old 09-05-2011, 04:36 PM
 
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Holy Crap are those platies??? Look at the color and size of those. Mistook them for goldfish there for a moment.
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:25 PM
 
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Three goldfish, the smaller yellow ones are platies. I started last year with 6 platies. Used a hundred or so as feeders last fall, sold 20 or so at auction in the spring. Caught maybe 100 or so this fall. They like ponds.
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:27 PM
 
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My Gosh, I am soooo jealous. didn't know that platies did so well in ponds.



wheres my shovel???
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