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    04-02-2013, 11:48 AM
Looks awesome!!! Can't wait to see it done!
Agree, why pay that much for a FISH? That kinda money could buy a hellofa horse! Can't ride a fish, hmmm wonder how much a dolphin costs?
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    04-02-2013, 11:52 AM
Nd, I see you reading. Want to go in on the fish thing and be our fish color genetics person?
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    04-02-2013, 12:03 PM
Save money on the fish, I'll send you Little Man's. That thing is HUGE!!!! And we just got it at Christmas. We'll just go to the pet store and get another $0.30 goldfish. He'll never notice, lol
    04-02-2013, 12:07 PM
It's OK MH, the small koi will grow as big as their environment allows, so if they have lots of space they will get huge;)
    04-02-2013, 12:19 PM
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You've inspired me!!!
I have a small patch of land where I'd love to have a fish pool, not sure how they survive the colder weather here in CT but I guess they must.
What I would REALLY like to do is turn our totally underused swimming pool into a really big fish pond - considering how much it costs in time and money to care for its not worth having because we just aren't a relaxing in the pool type of family but so far no success in selling the idea to DH
This duck nested by it one year and we had the pleasure of watching her and her babies paddling around - I had to make a little ramp so they could get out!!
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    04-02-2013, 02:56 PM
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I agree about getting feeder goldfish instead of Koi. Koi get HUGE and will outgrow that pond. AND, unless you protect the area from coons and HERONS, they will become a meal. Ask me how I know.......

I had a pond with gorgeous koi that were fine for years. One day I come home and half of them were gone. Had to be a heron. If you get a heron statue, it will help keep them away, as they are very territorial.

Go to a pet store. They will often let you pick the pretties feeder fish and catch them for you. They are just as pretty and stay much smaller. That's what I have now and they come up to me and beg for food.
    04-02-2013, 03:22 PM
Jaydee, that would be an awesome fish pond but I would have a hard time doing that to your pretty pool. In my searching on pond stuff I saw several old pools that had been turned into fish ponds. This one is pretty cool Erik’s Swimming Pool to Pond Conversion |
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    04-02-2013, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
jaydee, that would be an awesome fish pond but I would have a hard time doing that to your pretty pool. In my searching on pond stuff I saw several old pools that had been turned into fish ponds. This one is pretty cool Erik’s Swimming Pool to Pond Conversion |
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh I am so sold on that idea. Now all I have to do is convince dearest darling DH!!!
Honestly when I'm having to spend time every day in the summer skimming crap off the top of it, rescuing frogs and toads (which I loathe but can't let them suffer), scrubbing the sides and all for something that rarely gets used for swimming I get so angry - why is left to be my job when I don't even want to swim in it!!!!! Rant over That feels better!!!!
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    04-02-2013, 04:49 PM
Really pretty!!
I KNOW about the digging. I double-dug my raised beds and it was a workout. Please add more pictures as the year goes along. =D
    04-02-2013, 08:02 PM
I'm currently working on my own pond at the moment. :)
Started out just a little thing but now is approximately about 2,000 gallons. Have to make sure it is deep enough so my fishies can withstand these cold, NY winters.

I have just a few koi and quite a few nicely colored feeder goldfish. They get big very quickly, most of mine are already over 6".
Although, being an employee at PetSmart I get first pick to all the feeders. I'd recommend getting the $0.27 larger goldfish over the $0.13 smaller ones. They tend to do a lot better.

Also, don't be afraid to ask for specific feeders. That's our job and we love catching feeder fish when we know they will be going to live in a nice pond. :)
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