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Old 08-09-2014, 05:23 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I hope you are all well.

I entered Aquarium forum into my browser this evening in hope of finding somewhere where i can receive good advice on fish keeping. I am a complete newbie when it comes to fish keeping but i want to learn as much as I can. I recently bought a 55L pond, which I then filled up with water, went to our local fishery, and purchased 8 goldfish and some goldfish food. I then purchased plastic plants to place in and a few floating flowers and ducks for shade and decoration. I did research after this point (which i appreciate should have been done before, but I regrettably took advice from people i know, which was that goldfish do not need much caring for) and most of the information i found baffled me. I did however realise that the pond i had purchased only a week before, was not efficient enough in sizing to accommodate my fish. I then went out last week and purchased a 750L pond, and was advised by the staff that this will accommodate 12 full grown goldfish. I am waiting for assistance in digging this into the ground, but in the meantime i have purchased a solar panel pump (which does 150L per hour) and some other plants etc to go in the pond.

I have really enjoyed fish keeping and only want the best for my fish. If someone can put into a simplified format, exactly what i need and how to do it, it would be really appreciated (by me and my fish!).

I am currently having to clean my pond approximately every 3-4 days. When i first got my pond, i used to catch the fish and place them in a bowl whilst i drained all of the water and scrubbed the pond clean. However, after doing some research i began leaving the fish in to try and not stress them whilst pumping out most of the water to then put fresh in, although, i am not sure if this is right, and any information would be great.

Thank you in advance.
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Old 08-12-2014, 07:57 PM   #2
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Stop changing the water in the pond allow the bio to build in the pond .. You will get alge growing but this will soon die down and your water will become clear .. Or start looking at a small pond filtration until to give yourself a nice clean looking pond


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Old 08-13-2014, 12:38 PM   #3
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Hi Slightlylooney, thank you for your reply and for the information given. I am changing my water frequently as was afraid of ammonia poisoning due to the build up of waste - is this not as apparent as i first thought? Many thanks.
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Old 08-13-2014, 03:48 PM   #4
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If it's a pond with just goldfish then it's not really an issue .. But if you are going to keep koi carp or you really want a clean and clear pond the I would look at some sort of pond filtration system .. Which you can buy ready built or you can look up on you tube or any good site or even on here of how to build your own


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