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sword tails in small pond?

I have a small pond with some live plants.I live in south Alabama where it does not get very cold. I was wondering if sword tail fish would be okay in a outside pond with no heater.I think they would thrive well in spring and summer months,but I am not sure about the winter months. the only fish i have right now in the pond are wild guppies. i would think that swordtails would react the same way the guppies do. they breed like crazy in the summer and i notice i have maybe a small handful left in the winter time.I just wanted suggestions on this. i have had this pond set up for a few years, but still learning and improving.
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how deep is the pond? does it freeze over?
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Re: sword tails in small pond?

As long as it doesn't freeze they will be fine. Our temps drop into the 50s at night during our growing season and they are fine.
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Re: sword tails in small pond?

I agree with above. what are seasonal high/low in winter? Worst case scenario I would think you could move them inside for the winter. or at least a portion of the populaiton to keep em going.

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Re: sword tails in small pond?

thank you all for your replies. usually our lows are around the upper 40's but minimum is 30's. it has never frozen over before.there are only maybe one or two days out of the year when we get into the 20s.
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Re: sword tails in small pond?

You can also use heat lamps for chicken brooding when the temp dips. Trust me the fish will gather under it.
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