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1 First of the season on Tue May 25, 2010 12:03 pm

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Points of possible interest. Columbine planted beside pot by bird maybe?? There is no Columbine in the front yard at all. Well there is now. There are two maybe year old goldfish in the pots to get the mosquito larvae. The lily blossom here matched the one in the big pond today. Must be related.
Both are my first this year.


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2 Re: First of the season on Tue May 25, 2010 12:34 pm

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It's funny sometimes how a plant will just pop up from nowhere every now and then. Those plants have such small seeds that maybe they could travel on your shoes or a glove or anything. They look pretty sitting next to your pot tho and what a pretty little bloom coming from that lily. It's such a bright pink. So you can just take a couple goldfish and stick them in a pot like that eh? Do you leave them in all year? And do you have to do any cleaning of the pot or filtering? Cuz I have those mosquito dunks in some pots and I still see larvae in there. Could I just throw some feeder goldfish in my bath tub pond with no filter? And do you have to feed them? ex[fish]


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3 Re: First of the season on Tue May 25, 2010 12:42 pm

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OK, I don't know if it's inhumane or not but yes, those little fish were rescued from a spring wedding reception last year. People were leaving the reception and they didn't take the fish with them so I asked what was going to be done. They looked a little guilty and admitted they would destroy them. We took about 6. Later in the summer, the young couple dropped in and visited their fishies. I just put them in the pot, feed them slow sinking granules fish food at the same time I feed the ones in the ponds. There's no filtration of any sort.

Right now there are toadpoles in both pots, both ponds, and in the preform in the backyard. There were thousands on the pool cover but it got hot so soon they didn't have time to morph and UM, they got pumped off into the grass and died. So there's a couple thousand less toads than might have been.


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4 Re: First of the season on Tue May 25, 2010 12:53 pm

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Oh so you just keep them in the pots all through the winter too and they make it ok? We don't get as cold here keep in mind and the bath tub is a good size.............well you know...........bath tub size ex[happy]


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5 Re: First of the season on Tue May 25, 2010 1:03 pm

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NOOOOOO, we take them out when the plants start dying back and put them in the big pond. Those pots are made out of that styrofoamy stuff and NEVER would be able to stand freezing. We turn them upside down after putting the plants in the pond too.


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6 Re: First of the season on Wed May 26, 2010 7:58 pm

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It would be better if you did put some air in with them JW. They could survive in your bathtub over the winter as long as it never froze completely over and you had a hole in the ice. An air stone running in a pond will do that except in the really extreme cold like we get. For here we have to use stock tank heaters to keep a hole in the ice. With no filtration other than plant filtration water changes would also be better for the fish.

The fish will eat larve, and moss and roots of suspended water plants, and even some leaves of certain plants. you wouldn't necessarily have to feed them every day. But you could supplement a few times a week with some goldfish pellets. With no mechanical filtration overfeeding would not be good for them at all.

Could they survive without water changes and food supplementation and airation of the water? Probably. But their 'quality of life' and general health would be better with those things.

But also, if the alternative is that they would have been feeder fish for someone's Oscar, or destroyed because they fulfilled their duty at someone's wedding reception then just being in the tub with no air is better than being dead.

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7 Re: First of the season on Wed May 26, 2010 8:37 pm

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I bought 6 of the feeder fish for 27cents each at Petco and put them in the bath tub. I can run an air hose to the tub and I can do partial water changes once in awhile for the poor little buggars.

You can barely see one little guy in this picture:



I had to put a board in the tub cuz a robin fell in and drowned


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8 Re: First of the season on Wed May 26, 2010 10:13 pm

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Wow, I can't help but think that must have been an already injured robin. I would think a healthy one could have gotten on the rim of that pot you have there, or fluttered up to the edge of the tub. Bit I'm not a bird expert, so I could be wrong.

6 goldies in there should be fine especially if you hook up some air for them. They may even eat some of the duckweed.

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9 Re: First of the season on Thu May 27, 2010 12:47 am

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Lari, unfortunately the pot wasn't in there yet es[uhuh]


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10 Re: First of the season on Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:49 am

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I like your bath tub. My inlaws in California had a bath fish pond in their back yard some thirty years ago. None of us knew what to do or how to care for pond fish. The water was always green & nasty looking.

Happy ponding, ex[giggle]

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11 Re: First of the season on Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:43 pm

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I don't have a filter in there so I run the hose in there now and then real slowly so they get a partial water change which keeps the water looking better and I have an air stone in there also.


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