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post #21 of 59 Old 05-24-2009, 08:14 PM
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perhaps think about a different type of fish...an 'all rounder' fish that doesn't mine about the temperature. Maybe something like guppies. Their really cheap over here & I believe their pretty hardy fish. :) good luck
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Goldfish are cold water fish so I imagine they would be the hardiest as for varying temps - they also adjust easiest to different temperatures.

With any of you that do have fish in your troughs - what about if stuff from trees or whatever falls in them? Do you have to scoop it off the top? I'm trying to figure out if it makes more sense to do the fish, or to dump/scrub....

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post #23 of 59 Old 05-25-2009, 07:17 AM
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I've been thinking about putting fish in mine, but, how does it work when we want to clean the tank out about every two weeks.

Our water gets a lot of dirt in there and we like to empty it all out and scrub down the sides. (Well, we don't "like" to do it, but we do it)

Are you still able to do that?
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I'm going to do it today. I'm going to dump them all and clean them out and then fill them. I keep them under the overhang of the barn, so the algae doesnt get real bad, seems like the sun has a lot to do with that.

About the amonia, am I more concerned about the fish with that or the horses? Do I test the water or do I just make sure the troughs never get low?

Another question, my older QH can't really eat hay so he chews it into a big ball of squishy gook and then spits it out, alot of it ends up in the trough. Will that bother the fish? I usually scoop it out but it is about 5 or 8 balls of chewed up hay a day....

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I do this every year. Just be sure to keep your water levels up! Plain old goldfish are best, just scoop em into a bucket when you scrub the tank down.

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Another question, my older QH can't really eat hay so he chews it into a big ball of squishy gook and then spits it out, alot of it ends up in the trough. Will that bother the fish? I usually scoop it out but it is about 5 or 8 balls of chewed up hay a day....

I doubt that would bother the fish. They just might try to nibble on it.

We had feeder fish in our troughs, and they keep the algae down pretty well we had about 2-3 per trough. The horses barely even noticed they were there, and if a horse had a carrot/apple slice/treat in it's mouth and dropped it in the trough the fish would nibble on that to.
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Never heard of goldfish, but I know a few folks who used catfish in the water trough to keep down the algae and bugs. Seemed to work for them okay.
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I went to petsmart and I got 6 twenty-six cent goldfish. I put two in each tub. The lady told me that it wouldnt work w/out a filter and said that it was a bad idea. She said goldfish are dirty and put off a lot of amonia and they wouldn't make it... but I've done so much research I really think they'll be OK. I geuss we'll see huh? She said that she has never heard of anyone putting goldfish in a horses trough. They seem like they are doing ok. They were eating bugs the last time I checked on them....

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I went to petsmart and I got 6 twenty-six cent goldfish. I put two in each tub. The lady told me that it wouldnt work w/out a filter and said that it was a bad idea. She said goldfish are dirty and put off a lot of amonia and they wouldn't make it... but I've done so much research I really think they'll be OK. I geuss we'll see huh? She said that she has never heard of anyone putting goldfish in a horses trough. They seem like they are doing ok. They were eating bugs the last time I checked on them....
That's what our trainer has. Just the cheap goldfish. Now, I will say that he does feed the goldfish. They are dirty fish but the ammonia levels really don't have a chance to get high because you constantly have to add water when the horses drink it.

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I have Fred and Ethel in my trough. They've survived three years - two ice storms and snow. They even survived the tank freezing over almost everyday all winter. Lord knows how.

I feed them once a week - because if you feed them too much they won't eat the larvae.

Agreed - that the water doesn't stay in the trough long enough to get spoiled.

Where I grew up in South West Australia - the farmers had goldfish in all their troughs. I thought it was common lol!

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