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    04-30-2010, 02:01 PM
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Yearling
Question Do you put fish in your troughs?

I want to put fish in my trough to help control algae and mosquitos. Will golf fish suffice for mosquito larvae? Or would you suggest another type...

Do I have to feed the fish, or will they just feed on the algae?

How many fish for a 50-gallon trough would you suggest?

Thanks in advance :)
     
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    04-30-2010, 02:15 PM
  #2
Banned
Yepper!

I buy several of the cheap feeder goldfish and it helps a lot withe mosquito larvae.
They really do not help much with the algae, or not that I have noticed. Scared to think what it would be like with out them if they are helping.
     
    04-30-2010, 02:18 PM
  #3
Yearling
Interesting.... I wonder if maybe I should throw a sucker fish in there, too, then. Do you feed them fish food as well, or just let them thrive on their own?
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Yepper!

I buy several of the cheap feeder goldfish and it helps a lot withe mosquito larvae.
They really do not help much with the algae, or not that I have noticed. Scared to think what it would be like with out them if they are helping.
     
    04-30-2010, 02:19 PM
  #4
Showing
Goldfish actually help PRODUCE algae, because they're nasty, dirty fish.

They'll help with the mosquito larvae but won't do a thing to get rid of algae growth.

I dump and scrub my trough every other week anyway, so I've never seen a need to use goldfish for mosquito larvae.
     
    04-30-2010, 02:29 PM
  #5
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Originally Posted by BackInTheSaddleAgain    
Interesting.... I wonder if maybe I should throw a sucker fish in there, too, then. Do you feed them fish food as well, or just let them thrive on their own?
The sucker fish you buy at the store are a tropical fish and require a much more controlled temperature environment. Feeder fish are just carp in pretty colors, they adapt well when the temperature of the tank changes from freaking ice cold to way hot in the sun of the day.


We do feed our fish, yes. But I feed my feral cats canned cat food (along with always having dry) too, so.... I have feeding issues.
     
    04-30-2010, 02:36 PM
  #6
Green Broke
A water trough is not a suitable environment for fish keeping. Goldfish are the most likely to survive, but as SR pointed out they will contribute to algae growth rather than hinder it. Fish geared towards algae control are going to be tropical in nature and not suited to living in a trough.
Really, fish are not a great addition to the tank. The problems they will bring with them will lead to more upkeep of your tank rather than less - it will be easier just to perform regular routine care of the trough by draining, scrubbing and filling more frequently in the summer months -which may mean using multiple smaller water containers if the larger single unit is going to be too much hassle to do so.
     
    04-30-2010, 02:40 PM
  #7
Yearling
Oh, that's right! My brain isn't working today apparently. I remember having a heater and thermometer in my tropical fish tank as a kid.
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
The sucker fish you buy at the store are a tropical fish and require a much more controlled temperature environment. Feeder fish are just carp in pretty colors, they adapt well when the temperature of the tank changes from freaking ice cold to way hot in the sun of the day.


We do feed our fish, yes. But I feed my feral cats canned cat food (along with always having dry) too, so.... I have feeding issues.
     
    04-30-2010, 02:43 PM
  #8
Yearling
Hmmm. Maybe you guys are right. I would probably be better off getting the guts to tell my pasture mate to chip in a little and wash the troughs more often. Lol
     
    04-30-2010, 02:53 PM
  #9
Foal
I totally agree with the cleaning of the tanks/troughs. We have two 100-gal tanks and I just let the big guys drink them down, dump out the rest, and scrub with a stiff-bristled brush every week or two as needed. As long as the water is clear I am not too concerned if there is dirt at the bottom, but if I see green stuff or the water is cloudy, I like to clean them out.
     
    04-30-2010, 04:03 PM
  #10
Super Moderator
I did the gold fish last year. I have not added them this year yet. As everyone said, they don't keep the algae away, but they do feed off the the mosquitos. One thing I learned is that you have to add water daily. You can get away with every other day, but they produce alot of amonia and if you don't add fresh water to the troughs they'll die.

Another thing that works well is if you can catch a small catfish.
     

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