Monday, 3 November 2014

Shirley Goldfish

Here it is Nov. 3rd. We've had some subzero overnight temperatures.
Geraldine has gone into the water. She sleep under the water in the winter. The goldfish who chose not to come in for the winter are looking pretty happy on Oct. 24th. Soon they will understand their mistake!

The biggest goldfish are in for the winter. Shirley 3 (a cross breed Shubunkin and common goldfish, with orange and white) seems to be changing colour. There was some ice on the frog pond yesterday.

 

11 comments:

Nancy J said...

Hi Jennifer, somewhere I read that never smash the ice on a goldfish pond as the sound waves? or water waves will stun them to death?? Is this true? Far better to rescue them as you do. We don't get that much ice on ours, about 13 years ago, had 4 inches, but no fish were there that year. Wrap up, keep warm, make sure you have a book or two for the cold days, by the fire. Hugs.Jean

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Brrr -- already. They make pretty photo subjects (not sure how you do that through the water -- the pics are clear as a bell! The smart fish are the ones that let you rescue them - survival of the fittest.

Red said...

Does this pond freeze to the bottom in the winter? Then these goldfish would not survive?

William Kendall said...

Very colourful goldfish!

eileeninmd said...

Hi Jen, I love the goldfish. They are so colorful and pretty.. Great shots. Have a happy week!

Powell River Books said...

I'm with Red, I guess that means the pond doesn't freeze to the bottom. How does a frog survive underwater? Does their respiration slow down so much they don't need air? - Margy

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I don't know about the sound waves. My first year with the kittens, I covered the pond with chicken wire, as they liked to walk on the shifting ice.
I really don't know how they survive. It's only 3' deep in the deep end. But they do.
We brought in 7 or 8 fish last year, my girls took an additional 4, and we ended up, when we threw them all back in, with 3 dozen fishies.
It's near the house. The ice insulates it, methinks.
I bring in enough fish to ensure that we'll have a good supply in summer. Actually, the ones I caught were the ones who wanted to come in. The others, too bad, so sad!

ladyfi said...

Aren't those fish lovely?! Hope the outside fish survive the winter!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
I love that you allow your fishes the freedom of choice! We are experiencing our first true cold here in the Bonny Place this morning... and that sky does not look promising.... Hugs, YAM xx

Judy said...

What a beautiful tank!! You will have a lot of fun watching them all winter! What do the cats think of having the fish in the house?

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

They breathe through their skin in winter, getting enough oxygen as they have a very slow metabolic system in the cold.

The cats love watching the fish. Daisy and Dorah. The older cats know they can't catch them and have given up.
Daisy sleeps in the fish light, it's very warm, and likes to look down at them through the hole!