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kss5229
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Kayla
Elkton VA
USA
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Posted - Jun 17 2020 :  10:23:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have had a hard time keeping my gold fish alive in my rain barrel. The first round I bought all died within 2 or so months. I thought maybe I hadn’t been feeding them frequently enough since the weather wasn’t yet warm enough to supply mosquito larvae. I bought goldfish again to do an experiment. I put half in my rain barrel and half in my neighbor’s. All of mine died, several of his are still swimming. I always made sure to feed both at the same time. The only differences that I can think of are:
– My rain barrel is dark, opaque, and fully shaded during the day. His rain barrel is white, semi-opaque, and gets a decent bit of sunlight.
– My rain barrel is only ~6#8243; away from the exhaust of the boiler that heats my house.
Initially I thought the boiler exhaust might be the reason for the issue, however the boiler was barely on when I bought the second round of golf fish because of warmer weather.

Does anyone have any thoughts about what I could do differently to keep some goldfish alive in my barrel??[font=Arial]
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StitchinWitch
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Judith
Galt CA
USA
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Posted - Jun 17 2020 :  12:03:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Goldfish prefer cold water. Mosquito fish are much hardier than goldfish so might be a better choice. Also, goldfish are vegetarians and will eat any algae but not mosquito larvae; mosquito fish are carnivorous and love mosquito larvae.

Judith

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Edited by - StitchinWitch on Jun 17 2020 12:05:11 PM
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