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Roadrat
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goldfish illegal in Maine?

OK so I got this tiny (less than 75 gallon) artificial pond in my yard I want to put some goldfish in it but I'm told by the pet strore people that it is illegal to put goldfish in a outdoor pond.
So what is the deal here, I just spent an hour reading about the laws regarding pets in Maine and can't find anything about goldfish in outdoor ponds.
Is it illegal? and if so what kind of fish can I put in there?


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Post Sat 16 Jun, 2007 8:37 pm 
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I know about Koi, but I'm talking about regular goldfish they sell goldfish at pet stores here in maine but I was told that they can not be placed in an outside enviroment like a pond or fish tank outside.
you can't buy Koi here in Maine at all.


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Just do it. Who's going to bust you?
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http://www.maine.gov/dep/blwq/topic/invasives/invtermplant.htm

http://www.umaine.edu/WaterResearch/mwc/04_lake_mgt.htm

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Hardly applies to what basically amounts to a backyard aquarium though does it? Now dumping goldfish into an existing ecosystem, I could understand the problem with that.
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I have two different ponds that I released Gold fish into. They cross bred with the chubs that also are in the pond so now they're brown and orange fish in the pond.
As for illegal, probably. However, not until you get caught.

If there is know way for the goldfish to get into regular water supply and fully enclosed, dont worry about it.

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By the way, there's huge goldfish that have interbred with carp in Lake Michigan. I went out there as a boy and caught them with cheese balls. Great fun.......... but note they will live in cold environments and are a danger to getting into our streams and lakes.
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If there is know way for the goldfish to get into regular water supply and fully enclosed, dont worry about it.


I agree with you that in this case it shouldn't be an issue, but the law is unfortunately the law. Private ponds aren't even allowed to have brown and rainbow trout in them here in the Occupied Salmon Territories:

http://www.neoutdoorvoice.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=371

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I still have not seen the written law that says you cannot have plain old goldfish in a artificial outdoor garden pond.
does this law exist or not and if so were can I go to read it?

p.s. thanks for all your replies.


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Post Thu 21 Jun, 2007 5:34 pm 
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As I 've been thinking about it I know of multiple summer homes that have Goldfish in little ponds on their properties in the MDI Area. Enforcement of the law is lacks at best. If there is a complaint I'm sure they would follow up on it yet aside from that, who's checking? The wardens are too busy
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I put my 3 fish in the pond yesterday, I've got to believe that it is better to have fish in there than mosquito larva.


thanks all.

PS if anyone can find this law somewere I would love to read it.


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Ha haaa we fooled you. We're calling the police right now! Perhaps you should go on the lamb.....however, we catch you someday, you scofflaw!
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Originally posted by Chub Fisherman:
Ha haaa we fooled you. We're calling the police right now! Perhaps you should go on the lamb.....however, we catch you someday, you scofflaw!


LOL Very Happy

I feel like Ray Liotta in "good fellows", with the helicopter following me around all day, and that white van has been parked down the street a long time now, What gives?

I think I will print up some bumper stickers that read "They can have my goldfish when they pry them from my cold dead hand!" Shocked


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