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question about holding fish while enlarging pond

Posted by robinchapelhill zone7NC (My Page) on
Sun, May 18, 08 at 8:55

Hi all, I will be enlarging my pond in a week. I bought a 50 gallon RubberMaid container and from the pet store an air pump and aerator strip. My pond builder is bringing two more smaller containers and aerators - I don't know what they are made of. Is rubber or plastic OK for the fish? I guess it should be since the pond is lined with plastic. I've got about 18 small and medium size goldfish and two larger koi (about 8+ inches) I've had my pond one year this month - so I've not done this before. Should I use the pond water and add a bit of well water to the container ? Any suggestions how best to care for the fish for the few days they need to be contained ? With thanks in NC - where it will most likely be in the 70s possibly even the 80s the week in question. Also - should I let the frogs fend for themselves or provide another container?


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RE: question about holding fish while enlarging pond

Rubbermaid plastic containers are usually quite safe for fish. Keep the container in the shade and cover it with netting so they don't jump out. Provide them with aeration and don't feed them while they are in there. Keep a close eye on ammonia levels as ammonia will rise quickly and can kill VERY fast. Good luck!


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