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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-11-2007, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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Dragonflies = problems?

I have a small goldfish pond in my backyard. It's planted in a natural style and so has been attracting all kinds of neat wildlife (well, as wild as you can get in the midst of a city). However, today I noticed a BIG dragonfly hovering around the lilypads and rushes. Eventually it landed and began depositing eggs (I think). Should I be concerned about any future larvae causing problems for the goldfish. I'm sure the goldfish are large enough (3-4 inches) not to be eaten by the "baby dragons", but is there any risk to fragile gills/eyes/fins/etc.? I have seen larval dragonflies before, so I know they are capable of capturing and killing small aquatic animals including tadpoles and tiny fish fry. I've just never had to deal with them in a small "closed" system like a backyard pond. Any and all help would be appreciated. Thanks. <-Steve->
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I doubt there would be any problems.The fish will probably feed on the larvae.
I looked it up but didn't find any good websites.Maybe someone else can help.But I think if you have larger fish,there won't be problems.Fry on the other hand,not so sure about.





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I raised dragonfly nymphs for a while when I was in school - interesting critters! Their mouthparts really aren't sharp, as intimidating as they look. Whatever they eat has to be small enough for them to swallow. They're probably going to be bothering other insect larvae more than your fish, IMHO. Sweet little nature show you have going on; you must have good water quality for that gal to pick your place!
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-13-2007, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks Vanilla and millie. My pond isn't very big, but it has been bringing in all sorts of interesting creatures. Aside from the dragonflies, some of the “guests” thus far have been catbirds, goldfinches, purple finches, kinglets, and a beautiful warbler that usually never makes it farther south than Ontario (species name slips my mind at the moment), gray and fox squirrels, and a bat.
Anyway, here's a look at the pond - and thanks again for your input... I’m pretty sure the goldfish are in no danger. <-Steve->
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Very nice!
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Thanks, millie.
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I dobut they are in any danger...If anything your fish will probably have a tasty little snack .
You have a really pretty Pond... I love the natural look (you can see my dad's pond here)
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Thats a nice little pond!!




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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-14-2007, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thank you.
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Very nice pond Steve!

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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-14-2007, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thank U 2, ck in KC MO! <-SB->
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