I'm already having a lot of fun setting up my first container pond!
Inspired by Cory's videos on summer tubbing, Ryo Watanabe's ricefish mini-ponds, all the aquatic plants I've discovered growing in my neighborhood's ditches, and my local nature preserve's containers for exhibiting rice plants, I've had a year long obsession with setting something up on the deck this spring. I thought I'd start a journal on here to track my progress and provide fodder for discussion and learning 🙂
-35 gallon Beckett pond liner
-Aquascape Container Water Garden Filter for Patio Ponds and Small Aquatic Gardens
-0.5 cu. ft. Bagged Pea Gravel Pebbles for pond bottom
-4 square pond planter baskets filled with 4 inch deep safe-t-sorb
-Osmocote plus fertilizer balls for gravel fertilization
-easy green liquid fertilizer for water column fertilization
-fluval cycle biological starter supplement
I initially set the pond up on march 13th 2021, adding the gravel, filter, dechlorinated tap water and a few buckets of aquarium tank water from the day's water change.
On March 23, I rinsed a bag of safe-t-sorb and filled up the planting baskets. I soaked these overnight in a tub filled with 3X dechlorinated water and later added about a 10X dose of easy green. I wanted to make sure any absorbed chlorine was fully neutralized and also charge up the substrate with beneficial nutrients. The following day I placed 2 of these pots on the floor of the pond, and 2 on the 'shelves' of the pond. The upper pots get bog/transitional plants, and the submerged pots I am adding stem plants that will hopefully end up growing up out of the pond as emersed plants.
Plants used for upper pots:
Plants used for submerged pots:
-locally foraged Ludwigia palustris
-Ludwigia ovalis green
-Bacopa carolinia 'colorata'
Plants used for pond floor:
-Vallisneria Tiger (foraged in Florida)
-Vallisneria Red (foraged in Florida)
-red root floaters
Day 11 post-planting
Day 12 switched upper pot locations