Please recommend me some cool looking fish for a pond

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pond information :

- about 2*1.75 metres wide
- not deep (less than 20 inch depth which may have to dig deeper)
- right now its an orchard garden fill with soil, plants and didn't do anything yet but I plan to turn the orchard into a pond

what I need :
- cool looking
- maybe exotic
- big
- carnivorous
- not koI fish
- not redtail catfish
- hardy (tough and not die easily)

what I have in mind :
- bichir tiger
- albino pleco

thank you in advance for further recommendations / suggestion
 

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Tropical/Subtropical? Moist/arid? Max temp daytime, min temp nighttime?

Very hot is not a climate, just a feeling.
 
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MacZ said:
Tropical/Subtropical? Moist/arid? Max temp daytime, min temp nighttime?

Very hot is not a climate, just a feeling.
tropical , moist , max temp daytime = 31°C , min temp night time = 25°C
 

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Neyndusk said:
tropical , moist , max temp daytime = 31°C , min temp night time = 25°C
You will need to go deeper unless you get a fish tank can handle those temps even a bit higher. Your water will reach that temp rather quickly.

Both the fish you mention that’s too hot for. 74-80F is the max temp for those fish.
What fish is native to your area?
 
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saltwater60 said:
You will need to go deeper unless you get a fish tank can handle those temps even a bit higher. Your water will reach that temp rather quickly.

Both the fish you mention that’s too hot for. 74-80F is the max temp for those fish.
What fish is native to your area?
by the 31°C I mean its rarely get that hot which usually does not go over 27

native fish in my area (found by fishing in river and specific large fishing ponds) :
- arapaima
- aligator gar
- barbs
- peacock bass
- carps
- catfish
- featherback
- goliath tiger
- pacu
- paraya
- archer fish
- snakeheads
- tinfoil barb
 

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I'm curious why not koi? They get really big and are awesome looking. And can survive a lot of conditions
 

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I haven’t looked into temp for these guys much but wolf fish are cool!
 

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Neyndusk said:
native fish in my area (found by fishing in river and specific large fishing ponds) :
- arapaima
- aligator gar
- barbs
- peacock bass
- carps
- catfish
- featherback
- goliath tiger
- pacu
- paraya
- archer fish
- snakeheads
- tinfoil barb
Are you sure? I'm sceptical about that list, as it includes species from at least 4 continents and I'm very sure some of them (goliath tigerfish and paraya) were not introduced outside their natural range. Otherwise somewhere in south east asia, I guess?
 
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Are you sure? I'm sceptical about that list, as it includes species from at least 4 continents and I'm very sure some of them (goliath tigerfish and paraya) were not introduced outside their natural range. Otherwise somewhere in south east asia, I guess?
yes, somewhere in south east asia
goliath tigerfish and paraya are in large specific ponds for fishing according to google
what do you think
 

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Commercial tourist-monsterfish-fishing is what I think and I hope for your local ecosystem that those fish don't get out of these ponds. Ever.
Otherwise I think you should stick to actual local asian fish, because this would be cheaper and easier.
 
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Commercial tourist-monsterfish-fishing is what I think and I hope for your local ecosystem that those fish don't get out of these ponds. Ever.
Otherwise I think you should stick to actual local asian fish, because this would be cheaper and easier.
what are some examples of actual local asian fish you have in mind
 

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I don't know your country, so I can only go by groups of fish:

A lot of bigger barbs and catfish are native to south-east asia, depending on your country arowana may as well. Featherbacks, clown knives and datnoids are asian, too.



Absolutely not native to Asia:
- Characiformes (includes paraya, piranha and pacu (all south american) and tigerfish (african))
- Lepisosteiformes (gars)
- Cichlidae (99% of all cichlids are american or african, peacock bass are originally from South America)
- Poeciliidae (guppies, platys, etc. the livebearers)
- Loricariidae (plecos)
- Arapaimas
 
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MacZ said:
I don't know your country, so I can only go by groups of fish:

A lot of bigger barbs and catfish are native to south-east asia, depending on your country arowana may as well. Featherbacks, clown knives and datnoids are asian, too.



Absolutely not native to Asia:
- Characiformes (includes paraya, piranha and pacu (all south american) and tigerfish (african))
- Lepisosteiformes (gars)
- Cichlidae (99% of all cichlids are american or african, peacock bass are originally from South America)
- Poeciliidae (guppies, platys, etc. the livebearers)
- Loricariidae (plecos)
- Arapaimas
thank you for your recommendation, how about snakehead fish?
 

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The Channa-species are asian. But they are really aggressive carnivores. They might eat and/or attack many other fish.
In any case for any of the big fish:
The pond would need to have a 2x3m footprint and be at least 1.5m deep and in the shade for most of the day. Otherwise you would risk the pond to overheat easily which would kill everything in it.
 

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