Need advice for pond pump & fish


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Old 08-20-20, 08:02 PM
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Need advice for pond pump & fish

I need some advice, we have a pond & added some goldfish last week. We soon found out that the fish were being sucked into the pump area! We just bought this home & totally new to the pond thing, is there some kind of net Or something that is put in front of the pump area so fish canít get pulled in there? Any ideas would be much appreciated!
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Old 08-21-20, 05:01 AM
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Yes, you need to do something to prevent the fish from being sucked into the pump. Some screen would be a good start.
 
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Old 08-21-20, 06:39 PM
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Thank you

I am a heading out tomorrow to find some screen or netting of some kind 😊
 
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Old 08-21-20, 07:08 PM
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1/4" galvanized hardware cloth is a good choice. I made a box out of it to put my pool cover pump in. It keeps the leaves from clogging the pump. The link below is just an illustration. It's available at all home improvement stores.

1/4" hardware cloth
 
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I agree with PJ.
1/4 in mesh hardware cloth is available in smaller quantities at your local home center.
 
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Thanks for the info!

Thank you so much for the info. The website you gave me is awesome! Very informative. I ended up getting some netting that looks to be the same thing you recommended except that it is heavy plastic, I will take a closer look and see if I should trade it in for the other. Thanks again!!
 
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Plastic can be harder to work with because it doesn't stay in position when you bend it like steel does. And, often plastic floats so you'll have to weigh or tie it down.
 
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Old 08-23-20, 04:54 AM
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Post picture of pond would like to see it. Did you get gold fish or koi?
 
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Will post pictures

Oh yes I will definitely share a picture or 2, I was gifted some large butterfly koi and I pick them up later tomorrow afternoon. I hope they will enjoy their new home! I will take a few pics tomorrow 😊
 
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Had 10 + Koi about 10 to 15 inches long. Had fountain in middle for aeration. One day the fountain broke and didn't notice it till next day and lost all my fish. Felt bad and did not restock before sold house.
 
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I've got about 50 koi in my pond. The largest are 32-34" and not even the heron's mess with them.

Koi can be docile and freindly. In short time you can have them eating out of your hand if you want. Mine will swim over to the feeding area whenever they hear the golf cart approaching though they do get faked-out by the lawnmower. Boy are they disappointed when all they get are some grass clippings and not food pellets.
 
 

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