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post #11 of 59 Old 05-22-2009, 04:00 PM
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To keep the ammonia levels down, I would put 1 fish per 20 gallons of water. So if you have a 100 gallon trough, I'd put 3-5 fish each, but no more than 5
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post #12 of 59 Old 05-22-2009, 04:20 PM
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If the goldfish don't work out, I use some stuff called 180 day stock tank cleaner.Bioverse Natural Stock Tank Water Cleaner

I think I got it through Dr.'s Foster and Smith. It was cheaper

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post #13 of 59 Old 05-22-2009, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Brighteyes View Post
One more thing; make sure that they are really goldfish. I know this sounds stupid, but I have been sold "goldfish" that are really koi and grow to massitive size. (Plus three feet long and 20 or more pounds.)
All goldfish grow big, no kidding. They can also ALL live into their 20s. Koi are bigger, width wise, but comets (feeders) are just as long.

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To keep the ammonia levels down, I would put 1 fish per 20 gallons of water. So if you have a 100 gallon trough, I'd put 3-5 fish each, but no more than 5
This is perfect, 20 gallons per fish allows the waste to distribute enough that it will not harm the horses.

When you put in fresh water, be sure to de-chlorinate it first. Chlorine can kill fish fast.

Also, another idea, put a little shelf in one area so that they can escape in case a bird or a really hungry horse come to visit. Clear pvc with drilled holes would work great.

FYI: goldfish love peas, lettuce and worms.
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It works great but I use big sucker minnows from the bait shop their cheap, eat a lot, and when I go fishing I just scoop out how many I want.

BTW our stock ponds are stocked with fish and they poop and pee in them doesn't bother the horses or cattle at all.
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I haven't read through these other posts, but my barn has about 3-4 goldfish in each large tank. it doesn't keep AS MUCH of the algea down, but it keeps the bugs away. They just refill it when it gets a little bit down. It's not necessarily the cleanest, but all the horses are fat and healthy and happy, so im not complaining. plus when I asked about it they said the goldies had been in there since they were small and they grew lol
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post #16 of 59 Old 05-22-2009, 11:03 PM
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Yeah I think they grow really big because of how big their living area is - and all the stuff they want to eat.

These water troughs kind of have a shelf for them to get up under - I always put 4 or 5 in there.
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post #17 of 59 Old 05-22-2009, 11:10 PM
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We used to keep goldfish in all our tanks; average about 3 per 100 gallons and it actually helped to keep the tanks a little cleaner and definitely kept the mosquito larvae out of there. Whenever you get them, just make sure that you allow them time to adjust to the different water. Take a day or two just slowly mixing the water they came in with the water from the tank. I have had many fish that died when I brought them home before I heard about "water shock".

Do Water Changes Kill Fish?

After they grow a little bigger, sometimes you can leave them in the tanks all year so long as your winters are not too harsh. In the summer time, they will stay close to the bottom against the side where the shade is at. As for changing the water, it won't really ever need to be done for the fish or the horse's health. The horses will drain the water down enough that it will need to be filled every few days and running clean water into it will keep the fish healthy and the fish won't produce enough ammonia to cause any health issues with the horses. Because the tank is so big, there is no need to worry about filtration or those bubble things. If you change the water out completely, just make sure you don't do it too often and always give the fish time to readjust to the ph and chemical level in the new water before you just throw them in there.
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post #18 of 59 Old 05-23-2009, 03:26 PM
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Instead of goldfish people at my barn use sucker fish.

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post #19 of 59 Old 05-23-2009, 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by farmpony84 View Post
I have 3 - 100 gallon water troughs. They get mosquito's in them and some algae... I was thinking maybe I would drop 2 or 3 goldfish in each one to keep them fresh and clean. Has anyone ever done that? Does it work? Can I just go by walmart and buy any goldfish???
Our barn owner has had gold fish in the water trough for the last year or two. He's not replaced them. They lived over the winter just fine. They've gotten pretty good sized. I can't remember why he put them in there. I think something happened to the fish tank and they got dumped in the horse water and just never got taken out.

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post #20 of 59 Old 05-24-2009, 09:49 AM
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Helpful advice...we use a small pond pump to airate the water for the fish. Just watch your ammonia levels because goldfish put off higher ammonia then other fish. Hope this helps.

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