Hello! I just joined this community and decided I'd post here as well as the introduction forum.
I'm living in the Philippines and I have a little 250 gallon pond. I think it's maybe 2.5 feet deep, 5 feet long, and 3 feet wide (all approximations). It has a lot of water lettuce I regularly thin out to let sun into the pond and a couple of papyrus and a tarp liner. I originally made the pond to harvest tilapia, but a few months after putting tilapia in I became vegan. With my vegan outlook on life I have a new perspective of the tilapia and now I feel bad for them. The new tilapia are tiny and stunted, so I have no choice but to get rid of them to end their suffering. The overcrowding will only get worse because I won't be harvesting them on a regular basis. I think I will drain my little pond to get rid of the tilapia so future generations don't have to suffer the same fate, but I would like to replace them with something if possible.
I'm hoping some of you fine people on this forum can help me with that! I am hoping to find a small tropical fish that will find my little pond to be a big paradise instead of a cramped cage. I was thinking of getting some tetras, but I don't know if they'll just overcrowd the pond as well. Maybe just some female zebrafish? I am open to any suggestions! Ideally fish that like to eat mosquito larvae and algae, won't overcrowd, and I want them to feel like my pond is a big space. Even shrimp and the like are fine if they meet those requirements.