U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Covid-19 Information Page
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Pets > Fish
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Old 10-22-2018, 10:53 AM
Location: The High Desert
8,598 posts, read 4,716,571 times
Reputation: 16268


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.
Quick reply to this message

Old 10-22-2018, 11:04 AM
2,123 posts, read 1,438,615 times
Reputation: 10347
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.
Quick reply to this message
Old 10-22-2018, 08:59 PM
Location: The High Desert
8,598 posts, read 4,716,571 times
Reputation: 16268
Thanks -- I'll stop worrying.
Quick reply to this message
Old 11-22-2018, 12:53 PM
Location: Tip of the Sphere. Just the tip.
4,182 posts, read 1,893,064 times
Reputation: 4927
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.
Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Pets > Fish
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2020, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top