GOLDFISH:

Goldfish are a member of the carp family (Carassius auratus) and originated in China.  They are the hardiest of pond fish and come in hundreds of varieties around the world including comets, fantails, black moors, shubunkins and sarassas.  For most people, a pond is incomplete without featuring fish.  Fish form part of the pond scenery and are actually beneficial within the pond environment. They use little oxygen, school nicely, fertilize plants, feed on algae, and control mosquito larvae and other insect pests.

 

Goldfish facts:

 

            Goldfish have teeth in their throats that help them crush their food.

            Goldfish don’t have stomachs - feed them easily digested food.

            Goldfish can tell different faces apart and are able to distinguish between different shapes, colors and sounds.

            Goldfish have a memory span of at least three months.

            Goldfish can see more colours than humans.

            In a newly planted pond, wait a few days before adding fish.  Plants alter the  pH in water, and fish don’t like sudden changes.

            Treat all fish in the pond if you suspect illness.  Fish medicines are available for a range of diseases (e.g.  fungus, parasites, ick, ulcers) (see pages 43-44).

            Newly purchased fish must be acclimatized in the plastic bag before being released into the pond.  Float the bag in the pond (out of direct sunlight) for about 30 minutes, slowly mixing your pond water with the water in the bag.

            Don’t over-feed fish.  Give them no more than they can eat in about two minutes. 

            Don’t overstock, as this will result in a lack of oxygen (fish gulping at the surface in hot weather), poor water quality, and high pollution from their waste. 

 

The recommended number of fish in a pond depends on the amount of oxygen in the water (this is linked to water surface area in sq.ft.) and the amount of filtration.

 

Maximum load:  1 inch of fish per 10 gallons of pond water.  If a pond is aerated by a fountain, waterfall or air pump, or you have increased filtration, you can increase the number of fish.

 

 

We sell a carefully selected range of pond fish as follows:

 

Variety

Sizes

Red Comets

2½”

4”

6”

Sarassa Comets

2½”

4”

6”

Yellow Comets

-

4”

6”

Shubunkins

2½”

4”

6”

Mixed Fantails

-

3”

-

Black Moors

-

3”

-

 

 

Larger goldfish are often available.  Please enquire as to their availability and pricing.  Often we also have specialty goldfish (orandas, sarassa fantails, red & black fantails).  Please enquire as to their availability and pricing.

 

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