A New Day’s pond

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    Wow but these minnows breed like crazy! Pumping out batches of fry nonstop. Great, satisfying beginners breeding project, but the hubby is starting to panic about the hundreds of fish in the pond (granted they’re still very small and not all will survive but the numbers are not dwindling by any means). I’ll soon be offering free minnow juveniles to whoever can come to collect!

    Seems like the fry hang around close to the water surface (eg amongst the floating plants) for a week and then swim freely throughout the pond. They grow incredibly fast also, and don’t seem to be predated upon by the adults at all.

    I feed the adults daily, but the theory behind an outside breeding tub is that the system will provide the fry with excellent food sources including infusoria, and so far it seems to pan out that way.

    The pond is certainly not as pristine looking as initially, but I suppose the idea is to build up an ecosystem. Water stained brown from spider wood. I can essentially not do water changes because of all the tiny fry, so just topping up occasionally (simulating rain to freshen up the plants also).

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    That’s interesting? Especially with such a new pond? Trying to convince the SO that a balcony pond is a good idea and obviously trying to get parents in Tokai to set up a proper pond. My uncle has a nice, natural koi pond but is now losing massive beautiful fish (no filter, just loads of plants that I think can no longer handle bioload) and reckon a potassium Permanganate treatment will solve some problems. So that’s my intro to ponds.

    Can’t believe how cool looking the WCM Rachel O’Leary has bred are!
     
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    Ja look it’s still early days and things can always come tumbling down. It’s one thing to pump out fry (from fish that spawn readily) and another to successfully raise them...so let’s see!

    I totally like your idea of a balcony pond, hope you get the go-ahead :thumbup:

    Yes Rachel’s strain of white clouds are stunning!!!
     
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    @Cale24 you’re welcome to come visit to check it out if you’d like! Rondebosch.
     
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    @A new day
    Coming along nicely :thumbup:
    I am really liking the densely planted effect
     
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    Thanks @Reedfish ! The hubby says it looks like a swamp :lol:
     
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    Thanks! Maybe if I make some progress on my pitch I could have a look and take some pointers :D
     
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    That's why I like it !
     
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    Pond looks amazing @A new day
    And do cool on the fry, congratulations
     
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    Thanks @MariaS :)
     
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    @Cale24 I’m thinking perhaps the borehole water is biologically alive and that could’ve sped things up? What do you think - plausible?
     
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    I suppose that's possible? Interesting. It's a nice feeling when things just take off so well :cool:
     
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    :)Yep it is. Minnows were a good beginners choice- instant gratification :thumbup:
     
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    Pulled away the vegetation a bit to peep around. Even spotted one of the 5 cherry shimp :thumbup: Fed the adults baby brine shrimp today. Look at that female fat with eggs :)

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    Cherry is looking large and nicely coloured up. Seems to be liking pond life so far

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    Accidentally scooped up an adult white cloud, which gave me a chance to take a pic (released back into the pond).

    I think they’re really beautiful when viewed from the side. This is the first chance I got to take a good look at them since release. They’ve coloured up tremendously.

    They were sold to me as golden white clouds but they’re normal White Cloud Mountain Minnows. I may even prefer this.

    Transferred a couple of the fry to a grow out tank.

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    He looks pretty!!
     
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    I somehow missed this thread, and am impressed.
    It makes me want to try something like this as well.
    The plant growth has been phenomenal.

    WCM are certainly one of the more underrated species of fish, probably due to them being relatively cheap.
     
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    Thanks @Pezulu the pond is very enjoyable and low maintenance (once set up).

    Agree with you 100% about the minnows. They’re probably cheap because they’re so easy to breed. But they’re pretty, peaceful, super hardy, a nice shoaler apparently.

    Capetonians don’t rush out to buy some, I’ll give loads away for free, probs around January :thumbup:
     
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    PS for a pond this size in future I will choose between the water lily and the water blommetjie, the surface area is not quite big enough for both, and there is too much shade for the indigenous vallis to grow. The giant val is growing well though.
     
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