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post #21 of 47 Old 05-02-2010, 05:51 PM
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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.
I was going to say the same things lol.
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Im wondering how these fish would do in the florida heat though....? today was 93 degrees...and so I imagine that the water isnt the coldest..at least not in two of the 4 troughs we have...the other two are in the shade...and sorry OP..not meaning to interupt the post.

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I could never use fish in a trough mainly because I am not so sure about the bacteria that they themselves would produce; when horse drinks from a lake, or stream, you're talking about a body of water that moves, and changes alot, but with a trough, it's just sitting there...no thanks! I just clean the troughs out regulary, to prevent algae and bugs from congregating there in the first place.

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Im wondering how these fish would do in the florida heat though....? today was 93 degrees...and so I imagine that the water isnt the coldest..at least not in two of the 4 troughs we have...the other two are in the shade...and sorry OP..not meaning to interupt the post.

That is a good question.

When we have hot days in a row around here (NY) and the trough starts getting hot we drain 2/3 of the water and refresh it with colder hose water.

The fish seem to do fine. But it is obviously not as hot here for as long as it is hot there.

We also give our fish some rocks in the bottom of the trough to hide out under.
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few questions...

A) if you have fish in there, how are you filling the stock tanks? Seems to me if memory serves me correctly if you put fish in water out of the tap, they will die due to the high amounts of cholrine...

B) how are these fish (minus the goldfish) staying alive w/o some sort of oxygen pump feeding them? You can't take a fish home from the pet store and just put it in water...they will soon use all the air, and die...

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I dump and scrub my trough every other week anyway, so I've never seen a need to use goldfish for mosquito larvae.
!! I do it too regularly. Usually more often in summer (as needed). It's certainly a better way to keep a clean water and healthy environment.
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few questions...

A) if you have fish in there, how are you filling the stock tanks? Seems to me if memory serves me correctly if you put fish in water out of the tap, they will die due to the high amounts of cholrine...
Feeder fish are just carp. Carp are pretty hardy and though I am sure the chlorine and drastic temperature changes are not good for them they seem to tolerate it well.

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B) how are these fish (minus the goldfish) staying alive w/o some sort of oxygen pump feeding them? You can't take a fish home from the pet store and just put it in water...they will soon use all the air, and die...
Read above and, when you add more water you are adding more oxygen. When we add water I use the sprayer attachment on the hose and it really agitates the water.


We scrub out our trough every other week all summer. So the people that think we just let the trough get totally yucky we do not. Just trying to cut down on the bugs. It seems to help quite a bit. The smaller trough we have, that we do not put fish in (because the horse in that paddock likes to flip her trough) always has a very active mosquito population. I end up having to dump it just to get rid of that, before the trough needs scrubbing (every couple of days).

And for those who think 'the water must be yucky with the fish poo in it'. My horses have a choice of a cleaned every day water bucket inside their stalls (walk in and out stalls) or the trough(s) outside. Outside trough is what they prefer. The mare who does not have fish goes right to the trough with fish when she is allowed into that area.
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Admittedly, I am looking at this topic through the eyes of an avid fish keeper, but I still do not see any advantage of keeping fish in the tank that are not outweighed by the disadvantages or that can not be easily replicated with minimal work on the part of the horse owner.
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post #29 of 47 Old 05-03-2010, 08:50 AM
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Maybe fish poop tastes good? Blech....

Who asked about tap water? Most of us who have farms or farmettes are on well water. There's no chlorine in the water to hurt the fish.

I don't use 'em because I don't have a problem with mosquitoes. Those who do, I can see why they put fish in their troughs.
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post #30 of 47 Old 05-03-2010, 09:15 AM
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If you are worried about the fish you can try something like this:

Horse Insect Control: Pre-Strike Mosquito Torpedoes for Water Troughs

Also for Algae then put your troughs in the shade...

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