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    Does anyone have experience keeping bn Pecos outside for the summer around here? Thinking about trying...



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    I've done it with bristlenose. They don't usually breed when the water is really warm, over 80 F. But they grow very well.



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    Thanks. Thought it might be fun. Have cichlids in there now so I'm already going to have to drain and catch fish before the winter so it shouldn't be too much of a pain to net them out as well



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    Yeah getting them back out may be your biggest hurdle.

    How large is the pond?
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    I have a half dozen in my pond...don't see them much but they are doing fine. This is their second summer to head outdoors....moderately cold weather does not hurt them too bad either.



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    Pond is around 900 gallons



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    as long as the water doesn't hit 55 degrees or below, they do great. Trouble is they get so big bringing them in gets harder. the little BN might do better for not turning into giants
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    I had several in my 900 gallon pond and the problem is trying to find and catch them to bring in for the winter...since they're dark, they blend in too well. I usually had to drain my pond to find them all (had 7 in there ranging from 4" to 12"). they will not survive the winter, even in Texas
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    Exactly, that was my point with asking the size of the pond, hunting them down again later would be a pain in the neck.

    @ 900 gallons, commons should have plenty of room.
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