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    03-30-2013, 12:51 AM
  #21
Yearling
Interesting idea...subbing.
     
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    03-31-2013, 04:32 AM
  #22
Foal
We use mosquito fish in ours...they look like little colorless guppies and survive very easily without any care where I live. They're not at all cute like goldfish though!

One word about cinderblocks...I'd recommend not using those at all unless you cure them with vinegar. They leach toxins that kill fish and I'd think are probably just as bad for a horse. If you google building a cement pond, the last step should be curing the cement to make it safe and it'll tell you how to cure them.

Old drift wood is a really good choice you could use though. The wood is a good material for pond bacteria to grow in to help clean up fish wastes.
     
    03-31-2013, 04:36 AM
  #23
Yearling
Can anyone post a picture please? I would love to see how this works.
     
    03-31-2013, 09:57 AM
  #24
Weanling
We do that down in Florida. Kept the mosquito population low and they helped clean the troughs. We still cleaned them obviously but they helped some. And I agree about putting something in the bottom for them to hide in. The first time we did it our poor fish only lasted 2 days before they were all gone. Sneaky raccoons.
     
    03-31-2013, 03:06 PM
  #25
Weanling
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This seems like a good idea and I would love to try it! How many gold fish would fit in a tank this size:

Depth: 2 1/2 feet
Width: 2 1/2 feet


It is a 2 1/2 foot square tub. How many would fit?
     
    03-31-2013, 03:18 PM
  #26
Green Broke
My Mom has used fish in her tank for years, During the winter they live fine with a heater in the tank.
When you put new fish in the tank you are instructed to acclimate the fish to the new water temp by taking the fish in the plastic bags they came in from the store, and setting them in the tank and letting the fish float around the tank. Then after about half hour or so let the fish loose in the tank.

Once, Mom bought several fish and set the 4 bags of fish in the tank, then went off for half an hour to do chores. Her 2 year old draft thought she brought him a new play toy and put it in the water trough. Mom came back and all the bags were ripped open and a dozen dead bitten fish were strewn around the trough.

Moral of the story, don't leave your new fish unattended, with a baby around.
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