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  1. Hi everyone! Wanted to start off saying Thank You to this Forum and everyone who contributes - I have learned SO MUCH in the last few months from all the wonderful humans who share their knowledge about the aquarium hobby! Currently, I have an large army of very happy Red Wag Platys (Platies?), 12 Neon Tetras, 6 adorable Melanistius Corydoras (SO CUTE), a baby Bristlenose Pleco and 3 Golden White Cloud Mountain Minnows who are still in quarantine (they looked so lonely by themselves at the pet store, I couldn't leave them there!). ANYWAY - This is my first summer having an outdoor pond, and I am VERY excited! 😍 My fiancé and I bought our new house last year, and over this past winter I casually mentioned that I wanted to try summer tubs this summer...well, now I have a 200 gallon semi-inground pond that will have a small waterfall and a pump/filter. 😮 (images attached of the pond the day he dug it into the ground, and a picture from this past Sunday with the beginnings of the surrounding rocks). See what happens when you leave (some) men unsupervised?! So, cue excitement - and mild concern for the sheer size of this thing!😳 We live on Long Island, NY (Zone 7a for plants), so any fish will be coming indoors for the winter. Originally, I was just going to put a handful of my existing Red Wags and a bunch of plants in my intended smaller outdoor tub, but seeing as though I now have 200 gallons at my disposal and as a beginner with outdoor tubs/ponds, what other fish can I put in there? Looking for species I can put in the pond WITH the Red Wags, as I already have those and ideally would like some color variety other than the red/black of the Platys. THANK YOU!😄🐟
  2. Hi Everyone 🙋‍♂️ Earlier this spring, a 100 gallon tub was set-up, for mostly livebearers (Guppies/Platies) & lots of snails. Am experimenting with a UV sterilizer & DIY fine filter on a powerhead. Have a large Aquarium Co-Op sponge filter for the added mechanical / biological filtration. All seems to be working well. Thought I'd share a few, quick photos with you. Sorry for the visual glare. Am not a very good photographer, lol. 📸 Many of my female Guppies are about to have fry, so the tub should be filling up quickly. Plants include, Brazilian Pennywort, Moneywort, Hornwort, Anubias Congensis, Water Hyacinth, Hygrophila Pinnatifida, Water Sprite, Water Wisteria, Tiger Lotus & Bacopa Caroliniana. ☘🌿🌵🌿☘
  3. I have 11 Gold White Cloud Mountain Minnows that have been in an outdoor tub for several months. I bought 5 Platinum Medaka Rice Fish about 2 weeks ago that are in a separate outdoor tub. I would like to maximize breeding of both. Can I safely put both species in a single large heavily planted tub without worrying about increased predation of one species adults against the other's Fry? In other words, do the fish recognize the other species fry as "foreign" and are more likely to eat the other species fry than their own? I know both species are pretty good about not eating their own fry given enough food and cover. Neither have shown any signs of spawning yet. Any other hints for breeding these 2 species? Thanks for your input and experience.
  4. We have had a small tub(around 10 to 15 g) in the back corner of our garden for a few years and this year I'm hoping to add some white clouds to it. The problem is that I'm not sure how to filter it. We have no outdoor plug sockets and running a cable from the house isn't really an option. I have african water lettuce and some oxygenating pond stem plant, not sure what kind. Side note: I live in England, UK so Co Op products aren't available. Anybody know how I could do this? Any help is appreciated
  5. I had been wanting a small pond with some form of waterfall, even before I saw the below forum post. I've made some progress so I figured I'd document what I've done so far, and what my plans are. I'm far from an expert on this, so feel free to give me suggestions or tell me I'm doing things all wrong. And if anyone has any questions I can certainly answer anything that I've learned with my vast experience of building half of a 100gallon pond 🙂. I definitely did take some inspiration from here: I have a deck that I wanted to incorporate, so I built the pond just off the end. I'll probably have to add in some rails or safety (I'm sure it's not to code shhhhh). My plan was to just build something quick and cheap as a little experiment, with maybe a larger one in the future (I want to incorporate a raised design to incorporate in with my raised garden beds). So to do it cheap I used the following materials so far: Pond Master 950 Pump - $115 (probably too late now, but I welcome your thoughts on this model or alternatives). Diverter valve - $15 (not sure I'll even use, mostly as a reducer/flow back into the pond) Misc adapters and ball valve - $10 (still need to get more today) 1-1/2" flexible tubing, 20ft - $35 (gosh I hope 1-1/2" is good) Misc paint - $15 Pond Liner, 45mil 10'x12' - $140 ( I thinkkk, I can't find what exactly I ordered) Flower pots - free! Manually shoveling a 100gal hole - free! So, not that cheap. But I didn't go with the most luxurious pump, and I'm not sure where else I could have shaved some money. For the waterfall, I decided to use some old busted fiberglass pots I had: I was roughly thinking something like the layout above to waterfall into each pot, and then the pond. I painted them black, and painted the inside with the water sealing black spray paint. I still have to cut up the liner and silicone some holes in the pots. Might just try to line the majority with the liner if I can for added protection. But they look a lot better painted!: I then dug the hole, and dug some more, and then removed rocks, and dug some more. I'm not horribly concerned with the shape. I also decided to have it overflow into a boggy type area where there will be rocks and plants throughout. I'll also incorporate a step down and stepping stones through the wet bog so you can kind of walk through the pond itself! Oh here's the hole: Not the greatest picture, but you get the idea. A few different levels, and the pump will sit on a bucket near the bottom. I had some old carpet we just replaced, so I cut that up and laid it in to protect the liner: I then laid the liner in, and filled up 5 gallon buckets to pour into the pond so I could measure how big it actually is. It will be just shy of 100 gallons once i edge out the lawn a bit more and raise up the low side a bit so the pond will all be a little higher. So that's where I'm at right now! Already a girl from my neighborhood was over and just stared at the pond and bubbling water 😄. It's already enjoyable as is! Things I'm concerned with: Will the pump provide enough pressure? It's 950gph, 15' travel and 5' vertical. I don't want it gushing, really just a trickle so fingers crossed. Will the tree just constantly shed into water? Will the fish/shrimp survive (more on that below)? Will the pots hold up? I'm okay if they just last a few years.. Safety How will it look?? Everything that you smart forum members will point out I messed up 😬 Anything that can go wrong with my next steps... Next steps! Go to the store today and pick up fittings for the pump to the tube. The pump has a .5" outlet and I have 1.5" tubing. Also have to get silicone and more paint. ADD THE FISH! So I have about a million guppies and a decent amount of blue rili shrimp in my 20 gallon. Like way too many guppies for the 20gal. WAY WAY TOO MANY. So I'm going to add a couple at a time here soon to see how they do. I welcome all suggestions here. But I hope to throw a ton in there and watch them multiple, and then sell them at the end of the summer. Line, silicone, and paint the pots Edge the grass out some. Raise the low end under the liner and fill it up more. Get a nice stepping rock for the main step down Trim the liner Incorporate rocks around the edges and in the bog Setup the waterfall pots Run the tubing to the waterfall. Possibly cut a hole in a pot Plug it all in and adjust as necessary. Hope for the best... Buy/gather some plants for the bog and the pond itself Sit back, relax and enjoy! What am I forgetting?! Thanks for reading so far, I'll update in the next few days!!
  6. So my tub seems to stay in-between 65-75 degrees. I am thinking white clouds, guppies, pearl or leopard danios, daisy's ricefish and peppered corydoras to stock it and another I'll be setting up this weekend. Does anyone see an issue of these fish at these temperatures?
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