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Old 11-08-2012, 05:03 PM
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Thumbs up Weather Loaches can Overwinter in the UK!

After researching for a couple of months I found that it seemed Weather Loaches might survive a British winter... But after putting 2 4'' ones in my deep pond last summer, I never saw them again. Assuming they were dead I forgot about them...

Until today! I got back from holiday and in the pond I saw a now roughly 9'' long Weather Loach swimming around quite happily along with my Goldfish etc.! It was there all winter and I'm amazed that it is still alive and well and even more surprised it has more than doubled in length in a year!

It seems to me without a doubt that in a DEEP pond (3-4ft) Weather Loaches can thrive, even when kept with other fish, wildlife and no sinking food.

Myth Confirmed!
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:08 PM
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Yep catkingo they love living out doors my loaches lived outside in my ponds for 8-9 years and got to be about 18inches.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:13 PM
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Great going....

Won't be longbefore they end up a banned species then! *sigh*. Fish surviving outside might not be a good thing. If they start breeding, itwould be even worse... they arent native and would count as an invasive species if they could survive and multiply in our climate.

Better hope they dont breed. Thats all...
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:40 AM
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Dont worry, young would struggle to survive in a pond with Sticklebacks, goldfish and dragonfly larvae!
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:05 PM
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Its not about ponds. If people can keep them in ponds.. then they will... sooner or later.... make it into the streams and rivers, thats a fact. The authorities know this... lots of other loach species are already banned because of this.
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Old 13-08-2012, 01:43 PM
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Goldfish, orfe and many species *could* survive in the wild but they are unlikely to be banned. For as long as these fish are widely available, authorities will struggle to create a ban. But believe what you wish.

I think Weather Loaches are awesome!
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Old 13-08-2012, 06:55 PM
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Those things can outlive cockroaches in a nuclear blast.
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Old 19-06-2018, 01:53 PM
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Hi, I was wanting to move my weather loaches from my aquarium to my pond. Can you tell me what area you live in? I live in Sheffield, UK.
Simon.
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Old 09-05-2019, 03:56 PM
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Hi
I put three weather loaches into my garden pond last year.
When cleaning out part of it (it's in two sections) this spring I caught one of the loaches along with oodles of newts.
It had gained some size and I have seen it since grubbing around along the beach area of the pond.
The pond is 2ft in the deepest area and 14 by 6 in length and width. Loads of plants and in a sheltered spot. Upon examination the loache was in great condition with no split fins or damage to its whiskers/barbels.
I don't feed apart from during the summer when I keep White Cloud Mountain Minnows in the pond (over winter them in the greenhouse). And also add bags of bloodworm for the newts in early spring to give then a boost.
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Old 10-05-2019, 08:54 AM
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Hi Tog.
Can you tell me where in the country you are?
And have you any idea of the lowest temperature your pond reached this winter?
Cheers, Si.
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