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post #51 of 59 Old 01-13-2010, 05:11 PM
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From what I've read the minnows and goldfish are pretty good at eating mosquito larvae and other insects, but not so great on algae control. I think a few snails would take care of the algae pretty well. I read that some snails called "trapdoor snails" would be good because they don't reproduce as well as some of the others, so you won't have a trough filled with the darn things overnight! Plus, the survive in frozen ponds when other species won't so they should be fine in winter.

I might have to try this. Maybe 2 minnows and a few snails to start.

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I might have to try this. Maybe 2 minnows and a few snails to start.

Potomac Horse Fever can be traced to snails. I'd skip the snails and just put the water in the shade to keep the algae down... I might try minnows this year too.

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Potomac Horse Fever can be traced to snails. I'd skip the snails and just put the water in the shade to keep the algae down... I might try minnows this year too.
Oh crud, it seemed like such a good idea too. Oh well, back to the drawing board. Thanks for the info!

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Gold fish would be fine, and there excrement wouldnt hurt the horses as long as you don't have too many. Im not sure if you have to add dechlor to the water to remove chlorin, and if so would the dechlor harm the horses? I know if you let water stand open for 24 hours the chlorine will evaporate so maybe you could remove the fish into a safe tank or something when you fill up one tank. Goldfish do grow really really fast but general rule of thumb is 1 inch of fish(not including tail) to one gallon of water, but since goldfish grow big fast I would recommend a rule of 5 inchs of fish per gallon. Since you have them for cleaning puposes you should need only 5 or 10 of them. Have you thought of what you will do with the fish after they get too big? Most states have laws against releasing them into lakes or ponds because they breed rapidly and eat all the natural occuring species.Birds pick the eggs up on their feet and when they fly to a new water source the eggs fall off and grow and hatch, contaminating lakes and rivers.In Kentucky they are not even allowed to be used as bait. Another good fish for algea is a plecostamus. They have a sucker type mouth and scrape away alea, and they are less messy than goldfish.
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The problem with plecostamus is that they get huge too. That's why I'd put in a few minnows instead of goldfish. Plus, if they breed too well, hubby can just use them for bait.

There are some smaller fish that eat algae pretty well and stay small. I'll keep looking since the snails are a no go.

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I've heard of this but won't try it. My gelding tends to be a lightining Rod for weird occurances - he'd somehow manange to eat the fish.
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Pleco's won't eat algae for long, unless they're absolutely starving.

Either way, please skip the fish.

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We have gold fish in all of our tanks at my barn---they are absolutely HUGE, because Florida is basically a 365 day mosquito season....and then in the summer we get lots of flies too. We go out once a week and check for dead fish, dump and scrub the troughs and refill them.
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We have gold fish in all of our tanks at my barn---they are absolutely HUGE, because Florida is basically a 365 day mosquito season....and then in the summer we get lots of flies too. We go out once a week and check for dead fish, dump and scrub the troughs and refill them.
Do you feed them at all?

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