Small Pond Stocking

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Zarar Sattar

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Hey, I live in California and I was wondering what I could stock in a small pond? It's ab0ut 30-40 gallons? The weather outsides drops to ~40 degrees Fahrenheit at the lowest. Any ideas would greatly be appreciated.
 

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Goldfish are your best bet. It's too small for koi, and most other pet fish don't do well with temperature fluctuations.

To figure out how many you can add, find the surface area of your pond in square inches and divide by 6.

Divide this total by 4. That is approximately the number of fish you can add at a time. Add this number. Then, every day after you feed them, test the water. The ammonia levels will go up, and then they will go down as the nitrite levels go up. Finally, the nitrite levels will go down as the nitrate levels go up. Once the nitrite levels reach 0, add the next batch of fish. Keep doing this until you reach the maximum number of fish.

I'd start with the large goldfish. The smaller ones will grow, but that takes time, and I, personally, don't like to wait.
 

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Hey, I live in California and I was wondering what I could stock in a small pond? It's ab0ut 30-40 gallons? The weather outsides drops to ~40 degrees Fahrenheit at the lowest. Any ideas would greatly be appreciated.
don't know where you are in Cali but some of the Petcos around my area (Pasadena) have minnows. Think they sell them for like 30 cents.
 

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Rosies are great, but they also tend to come riddled with bonus parasites. I would suggest if you go with them (and you should. They are attractive and vibrant critters.) to take the time to run them through a round of worming with something like Paraguard to eliminate any hitchhikers.
 
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