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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-18-2011, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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Pond Platy Explosion!

I am curiose has anyone else kept any tropicals like guppys, platys or mollies in their ponds during the summer months? I finished remodling my pond into a dedicated watergarden that is only 8 -12 inches deep but has 30-40 Sq feet of surface area and to keep mosquito larvea under control I added 16 platys. I choose 4 different color patterns and purchased 4 of each fish, after about 1 month in the pond their numbers have EXPLODED! The adults are huge and there have to be at least 40-60 second generation fish in there as well, everything from 1 inch to 1/3 inch. Seeing as my 210 in my house is pretty lightly stocked right now I will be collecting as many as I can when cool weather approaches and placing them in the tank, any extras I will just give away.

It is kinda funny, I filled 75% of my water garden with pots full of plants and figured the fish may have issues with the lack of "Open" swimming space, HAH! they showed me. As far as I can tell they love the cover and lack of predators.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-18-2011, 09:44 PM
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Throw in a SA cichlid that can handle the temps and you have them under control in no time!
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-27-2011, 08:33 PM
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we regularly put mollies and guppies in the pond at the start of summer, winter here knocks them off. but they breed like crazy over summer and look pretty... the first time it happened by accident, I must have sucked some babies out doing a water change on the tank...
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I have mollies for mine. They started breeding, but I had lots of birds that apparently think they're delicious. ;__; But I'm bringing the mollies inside today. (Also, all the babies seem to have the same mom, mine are all different colours, and all the babies match ONE fish.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-07-2012, 07:50 PM
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Platies might as well be pest fish :/
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