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bodger

Fish in your water features.

I've just read this report and although it doesn't make mention of garden water features, I was wondering whether or not having a few fish in your garden pond might be of any help?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31971996
Yorkshire Geordie

There is an article which says that gambusia fish are predators of mosquitos,

http://www.mosquitoreviews.com/mosquito-predators.html

also - bats, birds and dragonflies.

Martyn
Gareth

We have two small goldfish in each of the 5 X 1000 litre IBC's water tanks we have in our garden. We put the goldfish into the tanks to eat the emerging Mozzies  the Bloodworms that eventual hatch into Mozzies. it worked a treat during the late summer (when we initially introduced the goldfish) and through the autumn. I have fed the fish with either flake or pond pellets every second day through the winter, and I noticed an abundance of blood worm and slightly larger goldfish in each of the tanks yesterday. With luck the the fish will pick off all the emerging mozzies before they get loose to bite us, take any mozzies trying to lay egs and the bloodworms when the eggs hatch.
Rena

Lots of folks do that around here, in their animal water tanks. As for ponds, it works great until ducks, geese or 'other' water fowl come 'fishing'. We had put about 4 goldfish in our pond... One little guy made it for a while... Until my miniature female duck got him for a snack... ...
Gareth

Rena wrote:
Lots of folks do that around here, in their animal water tanks. As for ponds, it works great until ducks, geese or 'other' water fowl come 'fishing'. We had put about 4 goldfish in our pond... One little guy made it for a while... Until my miniature female duck got him for a snack... ...



Goodness me................ I had forgotten all about the goldfish in each of the concrete water troughs in the fields on the farm when I was growing up .................. and all the local sheep, dairy and beef producing farms, along with goldfish added to the horse water troughs at stable and hunting yards. The goldfish were added to the water troughs to eat not only the Bloodworm and mozzies but also parasitic worms that could infect livestock.
kaz

I used to put goldfish in my outdoor water features but had to move them when I realsied that the cat was 'fishing'  
Toddy

I don't have fish; I have an abundance of newts.
One of my neighbours has a very posh pond and every Spring there he is fishing them out and bucketing them down to the burn that runs parallel to our houses. I didn't even try to keep a posh pond, mine's alive with greenery and flowers and newts. If you don't keep fish then the newts happily eat every blooming thing anyway and the frogs and toads that visit help redd out the garden of slugs too.

I like the idea of goldfish in the waterbutts idea though

We do get midgies, and we do get clegs, but mozzies are incredibly rare thankfully. Be blooming hard to get rid of every bit of water round here, it's sodden wet usually.

Toddy
Lorrainelovesplants

We have no fish, but loads of newts.  Love em.

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