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Old 04-07-2008, 02:36 AM
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I just got 2 new goldfish made for ponds yesterday. I put them in, and they just went to the bottom, near some rocks. I was thinking that it may be cold in the pond and since they're juvenille it might be different for them. So what should i do? I was thinking of putting a heater so they might swim around till it gets warmer. Any suggestions? or should i just let this situation go? I'll post some pictures up when it's a sunny day.
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Old 04-07-2008, 02:53 AM
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Congrats. on the new fish Pwat

Did you acclimitise them first just as you would with any other fish? Most fish are stressed when put into a new environment & often go to a corner or stay near rocks etc. to hide. I think they just need time to settle in & feel comfortable.
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Old 04-07-2008, 04:07 AM
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What is the water temp. day and at night? If they are still moving about, do not feed them. When the temp is below 60*F feeding is bad for pond fish. Hopefully they were accustomed to cool water where you got them.

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Old 04-07-2008, 09:10 PM
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I just don't understand, if i don't feed them, won't they be hungry?

Also i did acclimitise them, but they are startiung to swim more and seem less stressed, but they aren't coming up to check if there IS food, eventhough there isn't.

And, no, they were not accustomed to cold water, they were inside an aquarium tank in the LFS. That might be another factor to their shyness.

Is it ok to put driftwood into the pond as well? I'm thinking that would be a good alternative for a shelter rather then the rocks.
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:02 PM
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Read this before you do anything else!! http://watergarden.com/pages/seasonal.html
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Old 04-07-2008, 11:19 PM
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That seems like a lot of work for 2 fish and i'm just a kid! I know that it isn't' nessarcy or anything but i guess they're metabolism is really slow? I have 2 plants right now that are slowly blooming, but not green yet.

Plus the spring section only tells me how to clean my pond when i have already done that. So i'm guessing i should just let them be until Summer, or warmer tempuratures and see how it goes? Cause that sounds perfect to me .
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Old 04-08-2008, 03:31 AM
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I wish I were "just a kid" I only intended to get you to read up on the subject "fish ponds" and posted only one of the many very informative articles available. The more you know the better able you are to care for pond fish. Good luck

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Old 04-09-2008, 09:47 PM
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Thanks for the article Dano. One of the fish has opened up and is starting to swim around, but the other one is in his favorite spot and his stomach seems to be bloated. What might that mean?

And since it's April it's really cloudy and almost never warm, so the pond is still cold.
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well on the fish that is bloated are the scales sticking out??
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I wish that I knew more about pond fish so I could better advise you. If it were me, I would not attempt too much untill the water temp gets near 60*f. Keep surfing the net for pond fish info, you might find a good information source that you could share with us.
 


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