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Storing fish during pond cleaning

Posted by CaraRose 5b Chicago (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 18, 14 at 11:35

So either this weekend or next, now that it's warming up, I want to drain, clean, probably do some minor repairs and tweaks, and set up the pond filter and waterfall.

It'll probably take half a day.

So during this time... I need to figure out what to do about the fish. I have eight goldfish, five that are a good size, the other three still smaller. I don't have any huge storage tanks, I was thinking of getting a rubbermaid bin or two and filling them with the pond water, then add a small pump to circulate the water and give a bit of aeration. Would this be okay and safe for 4-6 hours?


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RE: Storing fish during pond cleaning

I have done this with transporting koi. The only thing different was using an air stone and keeping the top on. They do love to jump.


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RE: Storing fish during pond cleaning

I have done it with goldfish and koi, goldfish haven't jumped out of mine but koi tend to leap a lot.. I have lost a few that way, even covered they manage to get out..


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RE: Storing fish during pond cleaning

I just finished that job today. I picked up a small 35 gallon circular pre-molded pond from Home Depot. I've used this multiple times. Just remember to place a net over the top. I've had fish jump out.

Craig


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RE: Storing fish during pond cleaning

  • Posted by ademink z5a-5b Indianapolis (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 27, 14 at 22:26

Kiddie pools work great also.


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RE: Storing fish during pond cleaning

Mine were happy in a big plastic garbage can.


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RE: Storing fish during pond cleaning

I got some plastic tub utility containers and they worked great. Fish are happy to be back home, and my new shop vac is a bit shell shocked by the trial by muck I put it through :)


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