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    03-28-2013, 10:41 PM
Fish in the Water Trough

So, I couldn't find a recent thread talking about this, and I just wanted to share my experience and research on the matter.
I recently found out about this whole thing a couple months ago, some fellow boarders keep goldfish in their water troughs. I wasn't sure about it so I started doing some research. I was pretty skeptical.
What I found was that they do eat mosquito larvae, which is awesome. A lot of other boarders do it as well so between all of us we could probably make a dent in the mosquito population.
They do eat some algae, but but not enough to keep you from ever having to clean your trough. Most people agree the trough should be cleaned as often as necessary anyway.
You don't need to feed them, they eat bugs, larvae and particles dropped by the horse.
Thy hang out near the bottom, and the chances of a horse slurping one up are slim.
When I went into the feed store to get them, I guess the guy noticed what I was wearing (my boots and jeans, covered in hay, dirt and hair) and actually asked if I was putting them in a horse trough. Surprised I said yes, and the staff suggested putting a cinder block or building a rock cave to protect the fish from raccoons and birds. They said they get a lot of people coming in for fish for their horses troughs. Anyway, just wanted to share my experience, hope it helped someone!
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    03-28-2013, 10:43 PM
Yes, I knew an old farmer in Nz who kept Goldie's in his troughs
    03-28-2013, 10:46 PM
Yep we got comets, cheap gold fish, in ours. They eat the algae and everything else. A few have been presumably swallowed to no ill effect, and it's halarious to see a horse spit one out!
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    03-28-2013, 10:50 PM
Green Broke
Just curious... What about the fish waste?
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    03-28-2013, 10:53 PM
We've had as many as 60 feeders in our 300 gallon tank. I love having them around, lol!
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    03-28-2013, 10:53 PM
Originally Posted by SlideStop    
Just curious... What about the fish waste?
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Just like a pond. We still clean the tank. We dump it out, scoop up the fish and throw em in a bucket till we refill.
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    03-28-2013, 10:55 PM
I've always wondered if a couple of big pleccos would put a dent in the algae.
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    03-28-2013, 10:56 PM
Plecos are tropical (need to be warm, might work some places) and also have spines that could get caught in the horses throat.
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    03-28-2013, 10:58 PM
As a kid, we always put the goldfish we won at the fair in the tanks. Those darn things lived forever and got pretty good sized. No clue about the fish waste, too long ago to remember.
    03-28-2013, 11:11 PM
I've entertained the thought of having fish in the trough. My friends (who keep my horses) are against it. They're the final arbiters in the situation so I guess their word is the last, however I would love to try it out.

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