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Karalak42

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Hi guys is it possible if i make a 700 gallon pool for my fish to keep em outside in summer but to put em i. A smaller tanks for 3to 5 coldest months?
 
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I used to do this every year in Wisconsin.
Because (even for the cold water fish, and water lilies) my 1500 gal pond would become a solid block of ice by Jan.
Fish would go outside in May, stay thru @ mid Oct, and be brought in the basement for the winter
For large fish like koi, I used a 1,000 gal kiddy pool.
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Tropical (and semi-tropical fish) were put in tanks.
But even in summer in WI, the fish kept outside, needed to be quite hardy.
Uruaguayan cichlids worked well, and did northern Mexican species.
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Above Gymnogeophagus in the pond. In WI, even summer air temps could drop water temps down into the low 60s F.
Below Uruguayan Australoheros spawning outside
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Below netting them out for the winter
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Karalak42

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I used to do this every year in Wisconsin.
Because (even for the cold water fish, and water lilies) my 1500 gal pond would become a solid block of ice by Jan.
Fish would go outside in May, stay thru @ mid Oct, and be brought in the basement for the winter
For large fish like koi, I used a 1,000 gal kiddy pool.
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Tropical (and semi-tropical fish) were put in tanks.
But even in summer in WI, the fish kept outside, needed to be quite hardy.
Uruaguayan cichlids worked well, and did northern Mexican species.
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Above Gymnogeophagus in the pond. In WI, even summer air temps could drop water temps down into the low 60s F.
Below Uruguayan Australoheros spawning outside
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Below netting them out for the winter
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Do you think i could keep a gar without heater inside in winter
 

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If the temp drops below 7/8° C (45°f) then you might want a heater. I think they can take lower temps but i won't risk it.
 

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Do you think i could keep a gar without heater inside in winter
Depends on the natural habitat of the gar, where it comes from.
Certain species of gars were native to rivers and lakes where I lived in WI, so they possibly could survive if your pond didn't freeze to the bottom.
But a Cuban gar, or a Forida gar, or any tropical gar, I doubt it.
 

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Depends on the natural habitat of the gar, where it comes from.
Certain species of gars were native to rivers and lakes where I lived in WI, so they possibly could survive if your pond didn't freeze to the bottom.
But a Cuban gar, or a Forida gar, or any tropical gar, I doubt it.
Should be spotted gars i will get
 
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