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Shubunkin, Sarasa Comet and aquaponics!

Discussion in 'Goldfish in the Pond' started by woodworker, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. woodworker

    woodworker Active Member

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    Illinois
    I slowly moved my common goldfish back out to my above-ground pond a month or so ago along with a few small fancies. I stopped to take a couple pics of these two before I put them in. The Sarasa Comet is about 6 inches long. The Shubunkin is close to 7 inches. However, the Shubunkin is about twice as tall from the side. They are about a year old. There is no other hobby where $1.13 buys me this much happiness. (Shubunkin was $1.00 and the Comet was a 13 cent feeder fish!)

    This year I have added a simple aquaponics setup for filtration. I will add more veggies in the coming weeks, but there are just 6 plants so far. The nitrates are already at 0. The fish are super happy and active. I am finding that the "common" varieties of goldfish are every bit as enjoyable as the fancy varieties.

    I am dreaming of the day that Shubunkin is over a foot long. :)

    Shubunkin 2.jpg Comet.jpg
     
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  2. shakaho

    shakaho Well-Known Member

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    Location:
    Orlando FL
    Please show us your aquaponics set up.
     
  3. woodworker

    woodworker Active Member

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    Illinois
    I will take a picture here when I get a chance. I changed it to a larger tub for more plants. Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate are all at zero. No water changes except for rain. The fish are all growing and super active. I add a tablespoon of Montmorillonite koi clay once a week for minerals, etc.

    If I wasn't growing veggies, I would just rig up an algae scrubber screen above the pond that drips back into it. PVC pipe to a plastic screen. It would achieve the same thing as the plants, but I like getting free peppers from my goldies. :)
     
  4. shakaho

    shakaho Well-Known Member

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    Location:
    Orlando FL
    I agree. Goldfish should work for a living.
     
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