Koi, Minnows, Goldfish and Catfish

1. We have a pond.

2. It is home to koi, goldfish, minnows and catfish.

3. It’s great for the garden, read on to see why.


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photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/28853433@N02/23005151564">A catfish from the Red River / Un poisson-chat de la rivière Rouge</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">(license)</a>
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Koi, Minnows, Goldfish and Catfish
We planned on the koi, minnows, and goldfish. Never expected two catfish to show up in the pond. Thanks to some neighbor boys who didn’t have a big enough aquarium they quietly dumped their pets into the koi pond this spring. Imagine my surprise at finding one and then another surfing the bottom of the pond.

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The goldfish bred a singleton survivor late last summer. My daughter spotted it at an inch long and brought it to one of our inside aquariums. It’s more than doubled in size in 6 months and is now about three inches long. After it grows another two inches it can return safely to the koi, goldfish and catfish pond.

The koi are quickly growing, some are already two years old, others are just a year old. Bright colors, knowing they tend to fade when mature, but very social about top water feedings. Nice enough to not harass the other fish in the pond.

photo credit: Koi via photopin (license) We have over a dozen different koi in the pond. Over a hundred gallons of water for each to thrive.
photo credit: Koi via photopin (license) We have over a dozen different koi in the pond. Over a hundred gallons of water for each to thrive.

Minnow aka mosquito eaters, are just that and do a great job of keeping the pond pest free. Bonus side is the nice fertilized water for watering things in the greenhouse and garden. Plants love it.

Catfish, well that sounds just like a fine dinner sometime in the future. They’re last years hatch and need a good two years to reach dinner size. Now if I could find some neighbors who would quietly donate some small black bass to the pond.
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