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Old 05-17-2012, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina (But originally from Long Island)
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We are looking to move to the WPB/Jupiter area - and we currently have two ponds on our property right now (we are on Long Island) One pond we have is a larger natural pond & stream with very large goldfish/koi/turtles etc....the other is a smaller man-made pond with small waterfall that we have on the front walkway of our house, that also is stocked with koi and catfish. We would LOVE to be able to somehow bring some of the smaller fish with us to Florida when we move by either building a decorative pond in the backyard, or if we happen to find a house that has a larger pond there.

My question is this....Are the large ponds that are on some of the properties (Loxahatchee - Jupiter farms etc) able to be used as a 'fish' pond? Are some usable and some not? I would have the whole backyard fenced (I have dogs) so I would think that would help (I hope!) with some of the predators <we have been lucky to not have any issues here with raccoon's or other animals - except the occasional Egret.> Or am I better off just having a decorative pond put in?

The transporting of the fish is another issue - but that I will have to try and figure that out once we find a house - and make some arrangements to have them shipped. If not - we may just have to start from scratch but thought maybe some of you here on the boards may know anyone who has done this.

Thanks in advance for any help, advice! ~Kathy
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Palm Beach County
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Yes, there are homes with small ponds in the acreage/farms area. I would assume koi would do fine other than the heat and random attacks from predators.
You might want to invest in a chiller system.
I collect saltwater fish myself and there are lots of good stores down here for that.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:48 PM
 
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We had a small man-made koi pond with a waterfall and the large birds kept eating the babies. Then the adults all mysteriously died. It was an expensive project.
It also became a frog hotel, and was noisy as hell during mating season if you can imagine.
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Old 05-18-2012, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina (But originally from Long Island)
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I have been lucky that most of my fish have survived over the years. Lost a few to an egret a few years ago when they were smaller.

I guess I should contact a couple of the Pond installers/contractors in Palm Beach County and see what they think.

Thanks for the replies! Have a great weekend!
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Old 05-25-2012, 04:29 AM
 
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I am renting a house with a small plastic outdoor pond w/ little fountain and waterlilly that had 5 goldfish in it. 4 were eaten by a predator that ripped up the water lily to get at them (racoon, I think--I see one quite often) and I replaced them with 2 more who have thrived and grown big. The water is warm all year round as it is very shallow and black, so that obviously isn't a problem for these fish. Many houses here (i'm in Jupiter) have large, more natural ponds that would work. There are a lot of predators, esp. racoons, roaming cats, large birds of prey, so you would want to have some protections in place but otherwise I think it would work well.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:00 PM
 
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Koi and gold fish will do fine in any natural pond in the farms or acreage. You do not need a chiller as someone suggested. However you will not be able to enjoy your Koi as you do now. A smaller fish pond and fountain are needed for viewing and relaxing. Do NOT think because you are in South Florida you can stock your pond with any type of exotic aquarium fish. You will find them floating after the first cold spell, I don't care how much you oxeginate the water. (From December to March you have to take them inside) But those Koi and gold fish thrive from the 30's to 100 degrees.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:14 PM
 
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If you going to have koi, please remember this: Do not release them into any river or lake. Koi is an invasive species, so putting it in the wild would hurt other fish. Just remember that.
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Old 06-27-2012, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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We are looking to move to the WPB/Jupiter area - and we currently have two ponds on our property right now (we are on Long Island) One pond we have is a larger natural pond & stream with very large goldfish/koi/turtles etc....the other is a smaller man-made pond with small waterfall that we have on the front walkway of our house, that also is stocked with koi and catfish. We would LOVE to be able to somehow bring some of the smaller fish with us to Florida when we move by either building a decorative pond in the backyard, or if we happen to find a house that has a larger pond there.

My question is this....Are the large ponds that are on some of the properties (Loxahatchee - Jupiter farms etc) able to be used as a 'fish' pond? Are some usable and some not? I would have the whole backyard fenced (I have dogs) so I would think that would help (I hope!) with some of the predators <we have been lucky to not have any issues here with raccoon's or other animals - except the occasional Egret.> Or am I better off just having a decorative pond put in?

The transporting of the fish is another issue - but that I will have to try and figure that out once we find a house - and make some arrangements to have them shipped. If not - we may just have to start from scratch but thought maybe some of you here on the boards may know anyone who has done this.

Thanks in advance for any help, advice! ~Kathy
One thing to note when transporting fish for long distances is to do frequent water changes in whatever container you bring them in. We lost so many fish when coming to AZ when we hit Blythe and it was 110 that afternoon. I forgot to change the water when we stopped and lost my Koi. Broke my heart but lesson learned. The amonia builds up from their waste fairly fast. Good luck in your move.
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