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Old 06-19-2015, 08:49 AM
 
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Hi,
we have a large container, in which we've planted some water lillies. they are great (flowers too!), but a nightmare when it comes to mosquitoes, even though we regularly change the water.
i was wondering if there was a type of fish that i could put in the container to take care of the mosquitoes.


thoughts?
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Old 06-19-2015, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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Depends on the size of the container.

In the meantime, there is a product called "mosquito dunks", available at pretty much any store that has pond supplies/plants etc. Home Depot advertises them, you can get them online, too.

You drop them in the water and they prevent the mosquitoes from multiplying. If I recall correctly, they are not toxic to any other wildlife.
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Old 06-19-2015, 09:57 AM
 
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Depends on the size of the container.

In the meantime, there is a product called "mosquito dunks", available at pretty much any store that has pond supplies/plants etc. Home Depot advertises them, you can get them online, too.

You drop them in the water and they prevent the mosquitoes from multiplying. If I recall correctly, they are not toxic to any other wildlife.
Thanks!
the container has a 2 ft diameter and is 3 ft deep. What kind of fish?
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Old 06-19-2015, 01:48 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I would say Koi and goldfish and btw koi and goldfish eat mosquito larvae ..
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Old 06-19-2015, 01:51 PM
 
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That doesn't really sound like enough room for a koi or a long term goldfish.
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Old 06-19-2015, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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Thinkingman,
DUNKS.
Go buy some at Home Depo.
You won't have to worry about mosquitos, and fish won't eat your water lilies.
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Old 06-19-2015, 07:09 PM
 
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Thanks everyone :-)
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Old 06-20-2015, 07:47 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Goldfish will work, buy the 29 cent feeders at the pet shop. With that small amount of water they could end up dead if you stay below freezing for several weeks in the winter, however. A better solution is a small solar powered water pump. The mosquitos will not lay eggs on moving water, and it will add a nice sound to the water feature. Look on Ebay or Amazon, under $20.
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Old 06-20-2015, 10:45 PM
 
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Koi fish will work, best choice!
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Old 06-22-2015, 08:02 PM
 
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Pretty sure 2 ft diameter and 3 ft deep is not suitable for any Koi fish. And feeder goldfish will grow quite large, it's not good for them either.

Your container is really too small for any pond fish.

Best bet is Mosquito Dunks.

Also, as mentioned above, a small fountain or pump to move the water will discourage mosquitoes from laying their eggs.
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