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Old November 9th 04, 04:47 PM
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The question: is it safe to move a 6 inch sarassa comet goldfish from a
very small outdoor pond (50gallon) to a larger 700 gallon pond when...

1-the larger pond is much colder and the fish are already hibernating?
2-the smaller pond fish are active and still feeding?

I live in soCal and the owner of the large fish finally came to the
conclusion that his small pond is way overstocked and the likelihood of this
large and very beautiful fish surviving for much longer in an overstocked
tub are slim.

Thanks for your help.




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Old November 9th 04, 06:15 PM
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On Tue, 09 Nov 2004 15:47:07 GMT, figaro wrote:

The question: is it safe to move a 6 inch sarassa comet goldfish from a
very small outdoor pond (50gallon) to a larger 700 gallon pond when...

1-the larger pond is much colder and the fish are already hibernating?
2-the smaller pond fish are active and still feeding?

I live in soCal and the owner of the large fish finally came to the
conclusion that his small pond is way overstocked and the likelihood of this
large and very beautiful fish surviving for much longer in an overstocked
tub are slim.

Thanks for your help.


The fish will have a greater chance of survival if the transition is
gradual. Set a trash can in the large pond and fill it with water
from the small pond and put the goldfish in the can. The following
day the temperatures will be the same. Do not feed the fish one day
before and during the transition period. For a 50 gallon pond 4 or 5
medium-sized fish is plenty--under stocking is much better.

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Old November 10th 04, 12:51 AM
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"figaro" wrote:

The question: is it safe to move a 6 inch sarassa comet goldfish from a
very small outdoor pond (50gallon) to a larger 700 gallon pond when...

1-the larger pond is much colder and the fish are already hibernating?
2-the smaller pond fish are active and still feeding?

I live in soCal and the owner of the large fish finally came to the
conclusion that his small pond is way overstocked and the likelihood of this
large and very beautiful fish surviving for much longer in an overstocked
tub are slim.

Thanks for your help.




I'd say you are fine. My water is still in the 55-60 degree range, so if you
are in so cal it should be the same.

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Old November 10th 04, 05:25 PM
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On Tue, 09 Nov 2004 15:47:07 GMT, figaro wrote:

The question: is it safe to move a 6 inch sarassa comet goldfish from a
very small outdoor pond (50gallon) to a larger 700 gallon pond when...

1-the larger pond is much colder and the fish are already hibernating?
2-the smaller pond fish are active and still feeding? I live in soCal


What is the temperature difference? ~ jan


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Old November 11th 04, 01:08 AM
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On Tue, 09 Nov 2004 15:47:07 GMT, figaro wrote:

The question: is it safe to move a 6 inch sarassa comet goldfish from a
very small outdoor pond (50gallon) to a larger 700 gallon pond when...

1-the larger pond is much colder and the fish are already hibernating?
2-the smaller pond fish are active and still feeding? I live in soCal


What is the temperature difference? ~ jan


I would guess about 15 degrees. After reading some books and listening to
the other's advice I decided to give it a try. I took a 5 gallon bucket,
half full with pond water and transfered the fish. I let the bucket sit in
the pond for about 45 minutes gradually adding some of the new pond's water
about every 5 minutes and aerating the bucket water by hand. The fish is
now happily playing with his 6 new friends after a full 24 hours in the new
pond. There was no evidence of any shock and he was exploring right out of
the bucket. Whew! This is one beautiful fish and his fins look twice as
long in this large pond. Thanks for everyone's help. He/she will have a
wonderful, long and happy life now.

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Old November 11th 04, 04:55 PM
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anything more than a 4oF drop in temps over 24 hours or so will bring on ich. it has
to be done slowly. I have had a whole pond ich outbreak when the temp dropped
suddenly in fall. nasty. Ingrid

figaro wrote:

The question: is it safe to move a 6 inch sarassa comet goldfish from a
very small outdoor pond (50gallon) to a larger 700 gallon pond when...

1-the larger pond is much colder and the fish are already hibernating?
2-the smaller pond fish are active and still feeding?

I live in soCal and the owner of the large fish finally came to the
conclusion that his small pond is way overstocked and the likelihood of this
large and very beautiful fish surviving for much longer in an overstocked
tub are slim.

Thanks for your help.






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Old November 11th 04, 10:52 PM
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figaro wrote:

The question: is it safe to move a 6 inch sarassa comet goldfish from a
very small outdoor pond (50gallon) to a larger 700 gallon pond when...


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anything more than a 4oF drop in temps over 24 hours or so will bring on ich. it has
to be done slowly. I have had a whole pond ich outbreak when the temp dropped
suddenly in fall. nasty. Ingrid


Yes, now that we know there was a 15 degree difference, watch that fish
closely.

Ingrid, in your experience, when do you think he can feel he dodged the ich
bullet? I'm guessing it will come on within the next 3 - 5 days. ~ jan


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Old November 12th 04, 04:03 PM
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yeah.. by 7 days will be fine. Ingrid

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Ingrid, in your experience, when do you think he can feel he dodged the ich
bullet? I'm guessing it will come on within the next 3 - 5 days. ~ jan



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Old November 13th 04, 04:02 PM
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Well we are going into day four and no signs of any problems. I sure hope
he makes it okay. I have 6 other really gorgeous sarassa comets in there
with him--the best looking fish I have ever owned. They are bright metalic
white with blood red markings and super clean edges. And they spawned
within a month of being introduced in late August despite the fact that they
are only two inches long. It would be ashame for the whole pond to come
down with ich.

I have learned so much from you guys. Thanks again for all the help. I'll
let you know if anything comes up. Fig.

One more question--what would you all recommend as a predatory fish to add
to the pond in spring to control the population. My water does not freeze
in winter but it does get down into the low 40's. I have no ability to set
up a tank indoors so it must be a hardy fish. Thanks.


yeah.. by 7 days will be fine. Ingrid

~ jan JJsPond.us wrote:
Ingrid, in your experience, when do you think he can feel he dodged the ich
bullet? I'm guessing it will come on within the next 3 - 5 days. ~ jan



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Old November 13th 04, 08:44 PM
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On Sat, 13 Nov 2004 15:02:22 GMT, figaro wrote:

It would be ashame for the whole pond to come
down with ich.


It won't happen to the whole pond, just the one fish that got stressed.
Ich, to my understanding, is in the pond always.

One more question--what would you all recommend as a predatory fish to add
to the pond in spring to control the population.


It is better that you be the predator than a real one, as they will always
eat the prettiest ones. We have a local pet store that trades for credit
all the culls I don't give away or sell to club members. So you might one
to check around your area for such a place. ~ jan


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