Tropical Fish in Pond?

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  1. Linchpin

    Linchpin

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    Hey there, I'd just like to know what tropical fish one could keep in a pond (more or less 6000 litres) and I'm not talking about carp/koi or gold fish, I'm talking about fish that can withstand reasonable temperature fluctuations.

    I read Oscars can handle water from 22-30 degrees but are sensitive to fluctuations.

    Any ideas?

    I thought it'd be interesting to know.

    Thanks
     
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  3. solex69

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    Howzit man

    I know of an oake who keeps platies, guppies, white clouds & swords in his pond outside and they have been in there for ages and been breeding.

    Dunno know about other fish, haven't really thought about it :)

    Cheers
    Dale
     
  4. speedz

    speedz In need of a fishroom....

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    i've seen fish been kept outside, but im talking about durban temperature. Just the normal livebearers
     
  5. Philfarm

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    do you think kribs would work?
     
  6. speedz

    speedz In need of a fishroom....

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    cape is very cold i dont think they would survive, anyone tried this?
     
  7. sarf

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    Cape town weather is too cold..i am currently running a 1000litre container which i use to grow out my malawis..but it is heated by 2 heaters..and i drop the water level in winter so that the heaters can keep temp up
     
  8. chas84

    chas84 SA Fishkeeper Magazine

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    I used to keep tropical fish (angels, danios, guppies, plecos) in our garden pond in the summer. Towards the end of summer I would catch them all ( and all the new babies) and sell them to friends or swop out at the petshop. I must add that this was in Pietersburg, so the summer temperate is higher. Northern winter is cold though...

    I think kribs will do well in summer. Don't try it in winter - you'll kill them.
     
  9. Rory

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    I had some rosy barbs, guppies and swords in a pond many years ago. They were fine and grew huge...
     
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    chas84 SA Fishkeeper Magazine

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    A healthy, well kept pond is really good for fish - millions of micro organisms, lots of clean water from rain and usually more space than you could provide in a tank in the house.
     
  11. sarf

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    in summer the oscars should be fine...but in our cape town winters they will get ich and die...unless you can heat the container...if it not too big...im running three 300w heaters on my drum...but in winter i only fill it to the 500litre mark...and i had aerolite filled black bags wrapped aroud the container to help keep in heat...unfortunately the cape winds took care of that last week.lol
     
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    When i lived in Zim i used to keep swords and guppies in a pond outside. They lived in that pond for 9 years until we moved to CT.
     
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    Swords, Mollies, Guppies will survive outdoors in our South AFrican climate. I've seen many outdoor ponds where these fish are thriving.
     
  14. Slojo

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    OMG
    Now you've done it!
    Apart from MTS im already planning 2 fish ponds with a river,walkover bridge,populated by livebearers.............

    I think its called MPS.
     
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    Lol @ Slojo! :bigsmile:
     
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    Used to Keep Guppies and Pleco's in my pond. Teh guppies breed numerous times. Landed up chnging strains to lyretails and beautiful natural colours. Pleco's grew huge.
    A few of my Jewell Cichlids also did well in my pond.
     
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    Blue Paradise might work? Mozambique Talapia? Blue Gills are very nise and Bass will life in a cold cape pond.
     
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    LOL,,, now here's an option for the pangasius.....
     
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    Wont Gauteng winters cause problems? Surely the water temps will go down to single digits?
     
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    If your pond gets direct sun the minute it rises you might be ok in GP - I lost +- 50 % of my guppies to a cold snap and no sun the beginning of this winter - they did not die from the cold - but anything in the shade and the pond drops below 12 degrees they get real slow - and the comets real fat.
     
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    Hi,in Oz we keep cichlids outdoors in ponds almost all year round.
    People keep the saratogas and Arowanas outdoors in summer and then move them indoors in winter.

    The growth rates from keeping fish outdoors is amazing,and so is the colour.
    Its cheaper if you heat the pond with a solar heater,like the kind for pools.
    The fry you get from the fish is inumarable,thats also counting the fry lost to other fish.


    HTH Nick

    Ps any other questions about keeping cichlids outdoors.
    Or marine fish kept outdoors.
     

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