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    04-30-2010, 04:19 PM
  #11
Trained
I could not imagine letting my horses drink dirty fishy water. It almost makes me want to gag. O_O I'd go with the clean/scrub regularly process.

AlwaysBehind, it's probably a good thing you feed your ferals [I do too, and take them to get fixed =P] because otherwise, they might try to eat your fish! Haha.
     
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    04-30-2010, 10:14 PM
  #12
Weanling
I put fish in my trough. I have a large koi pond with several hundred (or more) koi fish in it, so I catch a few small ones and put them in my water tank. I think I had 3 in there last year and they seemed to take care of the tank really well (its 100 gallons I believe). I dump the tank and rinse it whenever it gets low, and scrub it out once a month, but it gets WAY worse without the fish.
     
    05-02-2010, 09:17 AM
  #13
Foal
And the horses don't get sick because of this? Just curious...i would think there would be some sort of chemicle they produce that would make the horses sick or something...???
     
    05-02-2010, 09:18 AM
  #14
Foal
Would the fish survive in well water?
     
    05-02-2010, 10:06 AM
  #15
Started
You can put a plecomstomous(sp) in the tanks. They do okay in cold water and will eat algea and grow and grow and grow.... They are ugly suckers but keep algea away.
I keep a hose running in my tank during the spring and summer, as soon as the outside water is turned on(irrigation water lines). I still clean and scrub the tanks about once a week though.
Oh yea, its snowing again and spring has disappeared.
     
    05-02-2010, 10:58 AM
  #16
Green Broke
We had the gold fish in our tank last year. I think ours is a 200 gallon trough. The gold fish did keep the mosquitoes down, but didn't do much for the algea. I added fresh water every other day. I still had to dump it & clean it every once in a while. The tank gets a lot of debris (hay, dirt, leaves, & stuff) in it. I didn't do it this year, because I ended up cleaning the trough anyway.
I didn't notice changes in the horses when we added the fish or when we removed them.
     
    05-02-2010, 11:05 AM
  #17
Super Moderator
To keep the algae down put the tanks in the shade. (under an overhang or beneath some trees)
     
    05-02-2010, 01:12 PM
  #18
Weanling
I used plecostomus, they did really well and if you have enough they keep the algae down very well. Just put a few rocks in the bottom so they can hide if they want. The horses weren't bothered by them at all. And because there is always a fresh flow of water coming in it keeps anything the fish secreat down.

They started dieing in the late fall when it got cold, but that's in Canada so it really depends on where you are and your temperatures whether they will die or not.
     
    05-02-2010, 01:37 PM
  #19
Yearling
There is a type of fish specifically used for keeping mosquito larvae down. They are called Mosquito fish. (go figure, right.) They look like feeder guppies, but are a bit larger and do better than guppies in colder water. Often they will be put into retention ponds or other areas of water where there are a lot of mosquitoes in order to keep the population down. You can order them online, and they are fairly cheap as they sell them in bulk. Gold fish are nasty, dirty fish as was stated above, I would go with the mosquito fish if I were you.

Mosquitofish - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Homeowner's guide to mosquitofish
     
    05-02-2010, 01:49 PM
  #20
Foal
If you want the algae gone put in a few snails.. They eat it up supper fast and will clean up after the gold fish, we have some in our fish tank and have never had to clean the glass or rocks in a yr, just change out some of the water a few times a yr.
     

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