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    Pond Blog 2011

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    Finsandfeathers
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    Pond Blog 2011

    Post by Finsandfeathers on Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:10 am

    Okay since I went out in left field on the pond residents this year after the livebearers got entirely out of control last summer thought that it would be good to keep a blog about it and the residents.

    Residents: 6-8 Angels that went in around eraser size 1 nickel size
    1 L.curvicep
    6-8 Guppys
    2 smutty red discus (quarter size)

    Temp 82 - 150g water trough - monster old fashion box filter
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    Didn't "deep" clean the pond as part of this experiment to see if the youngsters would feed off the micros along the walls which seems to be the case, the weather it was raining but the angels & discus seem to enjoy hanging out in the water lilly

    Now on day 2 and everyone looks great!!
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    Re: Pond Blog 2011

    Post by FishVixen on Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:43 am

    Wow how neat! Discus outside not many attempt that I bet.
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    Re: Pond Blog 2011

    Post by H2O Nyck on Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:07 am

    that is awesome Fins! yeah I haven't tried Discus in a tank, better yet in a pond!!! but they may love it and grow fast as all get out!!!!!
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    Re: Pond Blog 2011

    Post by williemcd on Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:26 pm

    don't most of the fish farms in the far east utilize outside troughs?... I saw a film clip of wattley using them outside at times.. Of course, this was like 30 years ago! Bill in Va.
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    Re: Pond Blog 2011

    Post by Finsandfeathers on Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:04 pm

    Yes in Asia they use lots of ponds, their weather is a bit more "reliable" than up here in the Pacific Northwest. My thoughts on this were they do come from a river inviroment that the water isn't always perfect yet they grow to huge sizes thus not deep cleaning the pond/trough. Not covering it with the exception of a huge hydrenea(?)plant for shade/wind break and rain here helps provide a regular supply of fresh water.

    Have raised discus before and thought they were no more hard to care for than any other species the only exception healthy stock to begin with. Had gotten a couple shipments that personally I felt were misrepresented has "home grown" stock and much tougher to get going where truly home grown stock are much easier/healthier.

    It was a worth a try and since I most days can check them regularly if they show signs of stress I'll bring them in but they seem quite happy out there and have a feeling by the time fall comes around and its time for them to come in they are going to be ticked fish LOL
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    Re: Pond Blog 2011

    Post by Fern on Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:23 pm

    Oh very cool! Take some pics?
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    Re: Pond Blog 2011

    Post by Finsandfeathers on Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:40 pm

    Well my L.curviceps turned into terrorists be super protective of their fry so now there are 5 red discus in the pond!! They are all doing good swear the original 2 have grown already along with the baby angels.
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    Re: Pond Blog 2011

    Post by Finsandfeathers on Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:22 pm

    All's well with the pond fish!!! The water lilly has went crazy since now the pond is heated LOL

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    Re: Pond Blog 2011

    Post by mike205 on Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:49 pm

    cool i would like to see pics
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    Re: Pond Blog 2011

    Post by Finsandfeathers on Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:37 am

    What I'm going to do since I don't have a fancy camera lens filter is pull 1 of the discus that I can tell from the others and 1 of the baby angels that was the smallest going into the pond and start a photo journal of their growth, think that will be the easiest way to do a sorta growth blog with this.

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    Post by mike205 on Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:45 am

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    Re: Pond Blog 2011

    Post by Finsandfeathers on Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:12 pm

    Okay here's some pics of my super fancy dancy redneck pond LOL did a water change on it 6/21. Caught a couple of the angels which were the smallest going in the dark was the size of an eraser and the light was not much more than an eyelash with fins. In an attempt to catch one of the baby discus I knocked over the water lilly which of course made such a mess of the water couldn't see to catch the lil buggers!!!! Hopefully I'll be able to catch one of them in the next day to post a pic.








    I'll catch them again in a week or so and take pics again
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    Re: Pond Blog 2011

    Post by FishVixen on Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:14 pm

    looking great!
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    Re: Pond Blog 2011

    Post by Fern on Wed Jun 22, 2011 6:42 pm

    cheers Thats flippin awesome!

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    Re: Pond Blog 2011

    Post by mike205 on Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:20 am

    cool is that a cattle trouth
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    Re: Pond Blog 2011

    Post by Finsandfeathers on Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:32 am

    Yep my fancy dancy redneck pond is a 150g rubbermaid water trough!!!
    Have one of those huge blue ones also but can't figure out how to reasonably heat it LOL
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    Re: Pond Blog 2011

    Post by Finsandfeathers on Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:02 pm

    One of the baby discus who started off at a nickel going in very close to quarter size if not - took the head shot to show he/shes a porker LOL



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    Re: Pond Blog 2011

    Post by FishVixen on Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:47 pm

    Wow great!

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