Breeding Goldfish

Discussion in 'Fishing Bait Review' started by Eudora, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. Eudora

    Eudora New Member

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    Hey all;

    I was contemplating putting in a pond in my backyard to raise some baitfish, in particular, goldfish and/or koi. Do any of you have any experience breeding them? Any tips? So far, from what I've read, breeding koi sounds pretty time-consuming and expensive. I may go the goldfish route, if it's easier. Let me know if you have any advice. Thanks.
     
  2. Backlashed

    Backlashed New Member

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    Not much to goldfish,...throw in a couple of dozen, and let mother nature take over. Just make sure you pond is large enough to support a LOT of goldfish, 2 dozen will yield you several hundred.
     

  3. plainsman

    plainsman New Member Supporting Member

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    I met an old man in Hong Kong who been doing it since he was 6 years old. His wife died and he did it again as a hobby. He got some special breeds, and knew a lot about gold fish. Some were pretty expensive. Good luck, can't be too hard to let nature do its thing. Right water temp and depth.
     
  4. NewMexicoCatfisher

    NewMexicoCatfisher New Member

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    Throw 'em in the pond, but when you see eggs close them off from the other goldfish they'll eat the eggs and the fry
     
  5. Katmandeux

    Katmandeux New Member

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    Interesting thread...I think if I was gonna raise bait, I'd go with bullhead or carp. Anybody ever tried either one?
     
  6. Eudora

    Eudora New Member

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    I've thought about carp a time or two. I haven't totally ruled it out, though.
     
  7. Ghosth

    Ghosth New Member

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    Well I have a 10 gallon aquarium next to my monitor full of fancy tailed Guppy's that are starting to look pretty attractive, bait wise. Grin

    Think they are a bit small for big cats though.

    I think a lot would depend on your states regulations on transporting/using exotic species.
     
  8. littleman

    littleman Active Member

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    I'm not sure what size of pond your talking about. But I have a large koi pond, 15 x 18 x 3 and have both goldfish and koi. I have had both my koi and goldfish spawn, and have raised and sold a few of the fry that survived. They both spawn about the same way and the eggs and fry will need the same care. I have read that koi and goldfish can actually crossbreed. However the crossbreeds are like mules and are sterile. Its very time consuming and a little expensive. The first year I put out spawning mats and raised the fry in a tank. This year I didn't have the time to mess with it and let nature deal with it. I ended up with 7 new goldfish but no koi.
     
  9. jodster

    jodster New Member

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    I got a little coy pond 7' x 32', it ranges 12" to 2'-3' deep. My pump ain't running but the gold fish survive! I added tap water to fill my pond once and wiped out half my gold fish.:sad2: I had 1 spawn that produced bunch of little carp and one goldfish. I keep telling people goldfish are carp!! My gold fish started out 2-3 inches and are 6-8 inches now. My pond runs across the front of the house and under the porch, we enjoy just viewing them and feeding them bread. I don't use them for bait. Gold fish are illegal to use in some places because they are carp and have a high survival rate in any water.