New Fish In Outdoor Pond

by Sue

Yesterday I put 4 goldfish in my new garden pond.

I kept them in the plastic bag in the pond water to get them used to the water and then released them but they immediately disappeared and not surfaced since.

Grant's Reply

Hi Sue

Your Goldfish are doing what Goldfish do naturally in strange surroundings...disappear.

If there are no bodies floating on the surface you can safely assume they are hiding.

You mention that the pond is new, so there will be little or no natural food present, so your fish will soon become hungry.

After a day or two, lightly tap on the side of the pond, and put in a small amount of food.

Repeat the next day at the same time and in the same position. The trick here is only feed a very small amount to the fish, not enough to satisfy them.

After a few days or so, depending on how much human contact they have had, one of the braver fish will be waiting for its feed.

After another week, all the fish should be crowding around waiting.

You can now start increasing the amount of food you are feeding them.

Train your fish this way only if there are no predators in the area, otherwise you will be providing an easy meal.

If you don't start seeing your fish within a few days it will be because there is a lot of natural food available such as mosquito wrigglers, or your fish were diseased before you got them and have lost their appetites.

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Jun 22, 2016
Goldfish in new pond
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much for your helpful replies. My husband saw one of the fish briefly today so hopefully will all show themselves soon. We will try the tips you provided. Sue

Jun 21, 2016
new fish pond
by: Charles

You didn't mention the size of your pond. If it is small, about 180 gals or less, like mine, be sure to monitor the temperature of the water. I live in the deep south and small ponds can become too hot during the summer, stressing the goldfish. The depth of the pond is important so that they have a cool place to retreat to when the water becomes uncomfortably warm. Also, if it is a small pond, the water needs to have some form of mechanical circulation such as bubbles or filters.

If you have had other fish ponds before this one, I apologize for boring you with information you are well aware of.

Good luck and I hope you enjoy your pond as much as I have enjoyed mine. I've had it for over twenty years, and it continues to be a source of enjoyment.

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