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Old 09-11-2004, 06:15 PM
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On Tue, 09 Nov 2004 15:47:07 GMT, figaro wrote:

The question: is it safe to move a 6 inch sarassa comet goldfish from a
very small outdoor pond (50gallon) to a larger 700 gallon pond when...

1-the larger pond is much colder and the fish are already hibernating?
2-the smaller pond fish are active and still feeding?

I live in soCal and the owner of the large fish finally came to the
conclusion that his small pond is way overstocked and the likelihood of this
large and very beautiful fish surviving for much longer in an overstocked
tub are slim.

Thanks for your help.

The fish will have a greater chance of survival if the transition is
gradual. Set a trash can in the large pond and fill it with water
from the small pond and put the goldfish in the can. The following
day the temperatures will be the same. Do not feed the fish one day
before and during the transition period. For a 50 gallon pond 4 or 5
medium-sized fish is plenty--under stocking is much better.