Garden Ponds & Water Features


Garden Ponds & Water Features

A group to share ideas and tips on how to incorporate water features and the wildlife they attract into the garden.

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Latest Activity: May 6, 2016

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Comment by terri shaw on May 8, 2012 at 6:23pm

I have a natural part-time pond on my section ie only when there's a lot of rain. There's watercress in it and some reeds - not sure if native or not and those larger frogs Southern Bell? On the edges are mahoe, kawakawa,. Keen to id the reeds and get rid of any that could be invasive.


Comment by terri shaw on May 8, 2012 at 6:21pm

Talk to your regional council about carp. they are considered a pest in NZ as when they escape or are put int he waterways they take other fish' food. I'm sure there are some great alternatives.


Comment by Ricardo Oscar Marques on August 1, 2011 at 9:08pm

This group has few people, but seems to be very active.

I know about fish, how to keep them happy, but I dont know what to use in NZ for eating. Shame.

Let me know if something new arise.

Also have a look to working bee Auckland group (the name may change to Permablitz.

Comment by Jools on August 1, 2011 at 9:02pm

Sharon I love your idea about the solar lighting will defininitely try that in my garden :)


Comment by Jools on August 1, 2011 at 9:01pm
No sorry I can't - I am a beginner to keeping fish so still learning..........
Comment by Ricardo Oscar Marques on August 1, 2011 at 8:27pm

Hi, thanks for the answer.

I want ANY edible fish to use in a urban aquaponic system. I believe that aquaponic is the most suitable urban water system to protect wildlife, slightly different that what is this group for, but the aquaponic group is more for international stuff... long story.

There are 4 fishes for aquaponics in NZ: carpss, salmon and goldfish. All of them except goldfish need licence, but I dont think so that is necesary in case of just a waterbath with plants.


In short, can you help me to find the fish I need???

Comment by Ricardo Oscar Marques on July 31, 2011 at 11:08pm


Do you know where I can buy carps?

I am interested in Aquaponics really.

What other local fishes are available?

Comment by Jools on June 5, 2011 at 9:49am
Hello and welcome.  I am fairly new to water features and have just established a half barrel with four fish and some water plants and bog plants.  So far so good they seem to be thriving.  Would love to hear what other people are doing.

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