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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-16-2011, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Betta Pond?

I was sitting here thinking about my moms' pond and how it is going to be uninhabited this summer because she is getting rid of the goldfish, due to the fact that she does not have the room/time for a big enough tank to house them during the long winter. The stereotypical pond inhabitants tend to be Goldfish & Koi, though sometimes you'll see frogs or turtles. I was trying to come up with something that would be able to inhabit the pond in the summer, but is small enough to bring inside to the 20 gallon in the winter.

Zebra Danios are definately an option, they're hardy cold-water fish that wouldn't even need a heated pond most of the year. White Cloud Mountain Minnows would probably do great in a non-heated pond.

However, I was thinking more or less of fish with big personality, and I'm thinking about a Betta.
With a heater, do you think a Betta would do well in an outdoor pond?
I think it would be really cool.

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I had a pair of bettas in my pond last summer, they must have laid eggs every few weeks so they must have been happy, spent most of their time in and around the pot of one of the plants. No babies ever came out of it though, but it is definately possible, keep in mine though in a pond setting, you will only see the fish from the top so unless they have some vibrant colors you will not see them easily
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See that's what I am talking about! I think it would be so cool for the little Betta.
I wouldn't add a female though, maybe some danios or WCMM,.

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How about a paradise fish? I think they can handle cooler temperatures. I had tons of babies from my pair I kept in a 20G rope tub.


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Yeah that would be cool too.
A Giant Betta would be awesome!

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I kept a dozen gold gouramis, six angel fish, a dozen zebra danios, a dozen white cloud minnows, and many guppies (started with two!) in my pond last summer. The guppies and zebra danios bred like crazy. I brought all the fish in for the winter (spread over 8 fish tanks). They are waiting patiently for spring to come
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So it's not unheard of - that's good to know!

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I have a friend who breeds paradise fish in hos pond every year. They do great for him
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Look on youtube. There are people in warm climates who totally do this (some of them with LOTS of betta in their pond, amazingly). I'd be tempted to do it myself, but they'd have to deal with mastiff drool after my dog got done drinking out of their home, and I can't imagine that dog drool is betta friendly.


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Hahaha I was thinking the same thing - we have a Pit Bull X Rottweiler.

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Splashy-splashy is no good for fish, LOL The koi HATED it when our dog would get into the pond with them when I was a kid.


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Hahaha yeah our goldfish didn't seem to appreciate it too much either.

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If you check on youtube, there's a guy who did guppies in a small pond (really a water feature) but because they are so colorful, from the top down, they looked REALLY awesome. Once I move to a place with a bigger yard, I'm actually planning on doing something very similar with guppies and a bunch of bright colored shrimp, like RCS.
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That would be really cool.

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I personaly see nothing wrong with a Betta pond set up. I can't imagine It wouldn't work. Bettas are about the hardiest fish I can possibly think of(like my signature says down below). Only thing I would suggest is a small heater during the winter months so the poor thing doesn't freeze to death. And also maybe some cheep netting over the pond so no predators can get an easy meal, preferably neighborhood cat(s) and birds. I'm no expert, but again, I see nothing wrong with a Betta in an outdoor pond. Hope this helps

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