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Old 10-22-2018, 10:53 AM
 
Location: The High Desert
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I have a 1500 gallon pond with nine adult Goldfish. They try to spawn unsuccessfully every year but this year they were successful and I have a dozen or more baby Goldfish. In the winter the adults just hunker down in the deepest water and park there and are fine. The last two years the pond has not completely frozen over and I have a floating pond heater if it does. Our nights are in the 20s in mid-winter. I'm wondering if the babies will survive. They are about as big as your thumb - give or take - and are very shy and typically stay in the deepest part of the pond. Does anyone have experience with this? Getting them out of the pond isn't an option.
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Old 10-22-2018, 11:04 AM
 
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I've had a slightly larger pond than that with goldfish for many years. They spawn each year and some of the babies do survive. It's basically survival of the fittest and the strongest live, I suppose. If they are already as big as your thumb, they should do quite fine... especially since you keep the ice open. We've had years the pond iced over completely several inches thick and multi-sized goldfish still survived till Spring.
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Old 10-22-2018, 08:59 PM
 
Location: The High Desert
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Thanks -- I'll stop worrying.
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Old 11-22-2018, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Tip of the Sphere. Just the tip.
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My inlaws have goldfish in the stock tanks. They breed like rabbits, so apparently the fry are surviving. Occasionally a blue heron will show up and thin the herd.

It gets pretty cold up there, so they have a floating tank heater in each tank. The goldfish will cluster around the heater, but seem to do fine in the winter even when there's nothing in the pasture so we don't have a heater plugged in. They're pretty resilient.
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