View Full Version : Suitable fish for AB

05-12-2015, 10:45 PM
Okay here we go, hoping an answer appears. I am in the planning stages of a backyard pond and am having a hard time finding information on Hardy cold water fish that can winter in the pond other than the standard Koi and Goldfish. So wondering if anyone has any ideas. I am located just north of Calgary AB so winter can get a little crazy, also trying to decide just how deep my pond needs to be, a lot of different information out there when you start looking.

05-12-2015, 11:40 PM
I believe 3 feet is the recommended minimum to prevent all the water from freezing solid. However I think most stick to 2 feet because anything deeper qualifies as a pool and would require a railing by code. Plus it's safer for kids and such if you keep it 2 feet or less. You prevent it from freezing with a deicer or something along those lines. As for other fish, no idea but I've only really seen people winter koi outside, met others with a large variety of other species but they bring them indoors for the winter.