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Transfering Goldfish From Tank To Outside Pond

Discussion in 'Coldwater Fish and Ponds' started by Villy Valley, Jan 7, 2006.

  1. Villy Valley

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    I have a goldfish which is about 3 inches long and he is sharing a tank with fancy goldfish eg black moor etc. The goldfish is bullying them and so I want to put him in a friends pond along with their own goldfish. In the UK the pond temperature at the moment is extremely cold compared with the indoor tank. How quickly can I get him out of the tank and into the pond and how should I do it. I guess if I just put him in now he will die from the shock of the cold water.

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    I'm no pond expert but i dont think its a good idea until late spring when the water is warming up.
     
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    debiasir fancy goldfish rule!!!

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    i did similar last winter as it was a nessecity.

    i caught the gold fish and places him in a large bucket with tank water and floated that in the pond for an hour to acclimiatise.

    as said though wait till the warmer weather i just did it as it was a def must
     
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    wait has long has you can,then put the fish in a bag with water in and float it on the pond for about half an hour then release it.
     
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    not a good idea to move fish outside. If you go to garden centres they are not selling pond fish for that reason. Can you not get a big bucket and put him in that..no got a better idea...ring round you LFS and see if they will take him. If you put him outside now he will surely die of shock/cold!
     
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    I would not do it now, its sooo cold here, he will do better in a large tub till spring, even if you acclimatise for an hour, it is still a HUGE drop in tempurature and she will most likely get sick, or worse die. it will be too much for his system to cope with. sorry :(
     
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    i have a large pond the coldest it got was 3.7 degrees brrrr the temp in my tank was 20 degress, so your goldie could well die from the shock of temp
     
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    I put an aggresive one into a pond a couple of years ago in spring. Ww just did the same as we do when putting a new fish into my tank.

    Float for 15 mins
    Add a cup of water from outside and leave for 15 mins
    Let bag merge in water for 15 mins
    Release fish
     
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    Ginge Betta Extermination Team!!!

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    Is he still alive.
     
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    If you are talking to me yes he is and grown loads he was only a few inches when he was put in. He recently got some friends. Why do you ask?
     
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    Ginge Betta Extermination Team!!!

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    Because i am thinking of doing that myself.
     

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    There is no reason why it can't be done. Just remember that any fancy goldfish have to be brought inside in winter. So adding anything like that is a waste of time.
     
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    But never add fish to a UK pond in winter.
     

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