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Mine is a 100 gal Rubbermaid tub with a Coop sponge filter and Ziss air stone running on the USB mini pump. Started with 19 white clouds but they’re making babies like mad. I feed them frozen baby brine and Coop Easy Fry Food.  My water is really green now so it’s harder to see everything, but I still spot new babies most evenings. 
 

 

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My little deck pond.   Roughly 125 gallons of water, built in early 2000's so it's 15+ years old.  Outer frame of 2x10", with liner over foam boards on sides and base.  I'm amazed the original pond filter (Pondmaster) and liner are still functional.  Creatures include a half dozen or so goldfish (shubukin, sarasas, and a wakin that Corey bagged up for me from Co-op years ago).  I have too many arrowhead plants ... anyone up for a trade?

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This has been my first attempt to set one up. I made a few mistakes while setting it up which contributed to the green water. I am fairly happy with the result though. I have two fantail goldfish in there and they seem pretty stoked about it too. 

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I setup three outdoor Walstad-style tubs with a ton of plants, some wood, rocks, white clouds and neocaradina shrimp here in Vermont.

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I live in an apartment and watch you all with jealousy. I have this window sill water garden, growing floating plants and daphnia for my guppies. They are greedy guts and I really need more space to feed them as much as I would like, but it is stable and pretty. The window gets morning sun only and the plants keep it from getting hot. I have to offload plants weekly.

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My next door neighbor just asked me to help stock his water feature. I suggested guppies and hornwort. It would be cool to add lilies and Pickerel weed (Pontederia cordata) in pots on the ledges. The main issue that vexes me is this is an 'infinity pool', that is the water overflows the edges of the pool and then returns via a pump. I hoping the hornwort clogging the infinity edges and general bigness of the pool will allow some of the guppy fry to grow up.

This pool is located in the piedmont of central North Carolina near Raleigh. Cherry shrimp over-winter for me in my little tub here if that tells you something about how severe our winters are. I would be surprised if the guppies over-wintered though.

I think this is roughly 7000 gallons.

Any ideas or suggestions?

 

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This is my scud pond. Water from my 500 gallon angelfish tank's overflow goes out the stand pipe, through my home's concrete foundation, then downhill through a pipe and finally empties into this pond. It is chock full of snails and amphipods (scuds). Currently it is also full of leaves, hornwort, and duckweed 🙂.

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48 minutes ago, Daniel said:

My next door neighbor just asked me to help stock his water feature. I suggested guppies and hornwort. It would be cool to add lilies and Pickerel weed (Pontederia cordata) in pots on the ledges. The main issue that vexes me is this is an 'infinity pool', that is the water overflows the edges of the pool and then returns via a pump. I hoping the hornwort clogging the infinity edges and general bigness of the pool will allow some of the guppy fry to grow up.

This pool is located in the piedmont of central North Carolina near Raleigh. Cherry shrimp over-winter for me in my little tub here if that tells you something about how severe our winters are. I would be surprised if the guppies over-wintered though.

I think this is roughly 7000 gallons.

Any ideas or suggestions?

 

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I think you might want to test that the horn wort won't go over the edges cause looks like it might be painful to get that cleaned. Plants in pots (lilies, pickeral, etc) I agree would look great. You could have them on pedestals islands at random spots. I think the golden white clouds would be great, if they could do a big school...

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I'd try some rice fish in that big pond, perhaps you can place a lilly or two away from the edges, the rice fish can lay their eggs there and maybe some babies will be smart enough to stay near the plant.

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50 minutes ago, ERIK B said:

My gold fish pond, probably about 250 gallons of water, 1 comet, 1 sarasa, 1 shubinkin, and one nymph goldfish. Not the most exciting but, I enjoy it.

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Not to worry, these ponds get exciting in an amazingly short time.  In my pond I started with 7 shubunkin about 3 in long, now have close to 40 ranging from 6 inches to 10 inches. Feeding time is crazy. Best to just enjoy the development.  My family and I enjoy sitting by the pond in the evening. Have fun.

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Bricks seems smart, I wonder if the bricks release some heat to keep it more stable temps at night. 

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My mini pond has given me great happiness this summer!  My friend built it for me about four years ago and it was deeply shaded until this season.  Sunlight = pond steroids!  
 

The total water volume is about 375 gallons.  The top box is filled with pea gravel and acts as a bog filter and water fall.  

The plants are the stars of the pond.  In the bog box, I have creeping Jenny, blue lobelia, chocolate mint, elephant ears (taro), pickerel weed and bacopa caroliniana.  I have water lettuce and water hyacinth floating.  On the right, there is a laundry basket with three canna lilies.  Dwarf papyrus ‘prince tut’ is in the ceramic pot on the left.  The water lily is the hardy variety ‘wanvisa’.  It blooms almost daily! I planted a lotus ‘.perkinensis rubra’ tuber about three weeks ago.  I doubt it will bloom this year, but, who knows?  If it gets too big I will transfer it to a tub. 
 

I fertilize the lily with pond tabs every two weeks.  The marginals, including the bog plants get tabs every 2-3 months.  
 

Believe it or not, there are fish in here!  I have gold fish that I bought as feeders who have grown fat and happy.  
 

I live in northern Indiana, zone 6A, so I do have to winterize this later in the fall.  I will store the canna and elephant ear tubers in my basement.  I treat the mint, lobelia, water lettuce, hyacinth and papyrus as annuals.  The lily, lotus, dock and pickerel rush are all hardy.  I will run an air stone for the fish and use a floating stock tank heater for the fish. I welcome other winter suggestions, though!  
 

Feel free to ask questions!  I love my pond!  
 

 

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50 minutes ago, Logan Kendrick said:

Our first deck pond, 100g Black tote. Our Lilly bloomed for the first time today. Stocked with Guppies, Swordtails, and constantly visiting bees! 

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Your water lily is beautiful!  Do you know what variety it is?  

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14 minutes ago, ToScapeOrNotToScape said:

Not sure if this is the place to ask this but im interested in doing a mini pond and was wondering if i run a sponge filter and use the Co-Op usb air pump is that thing water proof? or do i need to proof it for rain??

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I use exactly that set up through a summer of thunderstorms:the pump seems fine. I am able to keep the plugs well under a porch/dry. From comments Cory has made during a livestream, he suggested thatsun damage to the outer plastic layer the sub nano pump was more of an eventual  problem than rain damage.

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Below is my first ever outdoor tub.  I've really enjoyed it so far though Covid has put a damper on doing a lot of plants and fish that I wanted. I opted to try to breed out a cool guppy hybrid I've been getting in my main tank.  

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I've had this setup since it started getting warm in Illinois. It's a 100 gallon stock tank with sponge filter for water surface disturbance. Unfortunately I don't think my lily bulb was any good. I'm super sad about that. I have guppies in this tub with water lettuce and duckweed. I was hoping the water lily would grow, but nothing. For added shade during this hot summer I've added an umbrella in front of the tank just enough to keep it partially shaded. The guppies are loving the shaded areas. Not only do I have guppy fry, but I've also seen tadpoles. 

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On 7/15/2020 at 6:01 PM, Ryan S. said:

Below is my first ever outdoor tub.  I've really enjoyed it so far though Covid has put a damper on doing a lot of plants and fish that I wanted. I opted to try to breed out a cool guppy hybrid I've been getting in my main tank.  

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Exciting update.  I had put two florida flagfish in my pond back in early May as the first inhabitants that of course hadn't seen since.  I had tried to sex them at the LFS just in case this pond breeding stuff works, but it was a complete guess.  Well today when looking at my pond with the air pump off, I finally caught glimpse of them for the first time.  And not only the two adults, but I could tell that some of the fry, now getting bigger, that I thought were only guppies are Flagfish fry as well!  Victory! My first time breeding a fish other than a livebearer!

Now I just need to figure out a plan to breed my rainbow shiners, but thats an indoor project and likely much more difficult to figure out. 

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110 gallon tough stuff stock tank...breeding long fin leopard danios in it. They're tough to see but if you expand the pics there is a ton of fry in there.

 I leaned a 12x12 tile against the wall of the tub, gives them a bit of a cave to hide in. It has an unattended benefit of becoming a fish and snail buffet as it catches food before it hits the bottom.

 Aq.Coop med sponge filter and air line, ziss no clog stone and nano air pump combo works great. I tuck the air pump under the ledge of the tub (nice snug fit) and clipped it to to a hole I drilled in the lip. This helps protect it from the weather and should it ever come loose it wont fall into the dirt.

Feeding Extreme krill flake food and nano pellets, Aq.Coop fry food and hikari first bites as well as some hikari frozen foods.

My first attempt at breeding fish, and its awesome. 

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This is my first mini pond. Im still setting it up. I know its a bit late in the season but i live in a very warm area of los angeles so it should be fine. I ordered some plants from aquarium coop last night to get it started. 
 

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Any suggestions for floating Pothos in a summer tub? I'm looking for suggestions that'll keep the roots immersed but keep the leaves out of the water enough that I can get them to vine over the side. I tried wiring a basket over the edge but the plant kept falling in to the tub, soaking and rotting the leaf. And with evaporation it was hard to keep the roots in the water.

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On 7/20/2020 at 5:06 PM, Pete said:

Any suggestions for floating Pothos in a summer tub? I'm looking for suggestions that'll keep the roots immersed but keep the leaves out of the water enough that I can get them to vine over the side. I tried wiring a basket over the edge but the plant kept falling in to the tub, soaking and rotting the leaf. And with evaporation it was hard to keep the roots in the water.

What about a berry bowl or stoneware colander?   If it's deep enough, the roots could pass through the holes in the bottom.  You could put a hook on the outside of the pond, wrap a wire around the bowl (if it's got a rim, that would be easiest) and attach it to the hook.   Lots of beginner (and advanced) potters like to make these, so I bet you could pick one up at any local craft market (if they're open near you).  Etsy might be another good source but they might be a bit pricier than buying from a local hobby potter. 

I throw pots when I can get to my community studio but I don't currently have anything with a rim that I could give you.   It's a sanity maintenance thing for me so I'm always giving pots away.   And now I'm excited by this idea!   These ponds are inspiring me and I may just steal my own suggest to do this very thing. 😛

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On 7/20/2020 at 8:06 PM, Pete said:

Any suggestions for floating Pothos in a summer tub? I'm looking for suggestions that'll keep the roots immersed but keep the leaves out of the water enough that I can get them to vine over the side. I tried wiring a basket over the edge but the plant kept falling in to the tub, soaking and rotting the leaf. And with evaporation it was hard to keep the roots in the water.

Fabric pot and a milk crate. The fabric pot can be folded down the what ever depth of substrate you want to plant in and the milk crate can be trimmed with a hack saw blade (every easy, soft plastic) to accommodate the water depth, that how I'm doing it, just not with pothos. If you look at my earlier post the lager plants are in fabric pot sitting on trimmed milk crates 

that being said pothos grows underwater. The pic with the neon has a vine of pothos along the back. I just jammed a piece of vine into the gravel about two years ago and it rooted and  grew around the tank rooting in different places and is now coming up and out of the tank over the side and hanging down to the floor. In the beginning it did need a bit of time to convert to the aquatic life. 15954422794884423663854691488714.jpg.39819538e39bd3b6339d08b1c7764daa.jpg15954423683792705490781763728762.jpg.bbeeeea90868d6459a2aeb493b29356e.jpg

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1 hour ago, Speakeasy said:

... that being said pothos grows underwater. The pic with the neon has a vine of pothos along the back. I just jammed a piece of vine into the gravel about two years ago and it rooted and  grew around the tank rooting in different places and is now coming up and out of the tank over the side and hanging down to the floor....

Thank you so much for the suggestions! I didn't know it would grow underwater. This is perfect!

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On 7/19/2020 at 3:10 PM, Speakeasy said:

110 gallon tough stuff stock tank...breeding long fin leopard danios in it. They're tough to see but if you expand the pics there is a ton of fry in there.

 I leaned a 12x12 tile against the wall of the tub, gives them a bit of a cave to hide in. It has an unattended benefit of becoming a fish and snail buffet as it catches food before it hits the bottom.

 Aq.Coop med sponge filter and air line, ziss no clog stone and nano air pump combo works great. I tuck the air pump under the ledge of the tub (nice snug fit) and clipped it to to a hole I drilled in the lip. This helps protect it from the weather and should it ever come loose it wont fall into the dirt.

Feeding Extreme krill flake food and nano pellets, Aq.Coop fry food and hikari first bites as well as some hikari frozen foods.

My first attempt at breeding fish, and its awesome. 

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Those plants are looking great. Breeding Leopard danios is what inspired me to start this mini pond In the first place, theyre such crazy little fish.

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On 7/19/2020 at 3:10 PM, Speakeasy said:

110 gallon tough stuff stock tank...breeding long fin leopard danios in it. They're tough to see but if you expand the pics there is a ton of fry in there.

Did you do anything special to enable the danios to breed? Plants or moss in the water to help hide the scattered eggs?

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1 hour ago, Bill Smith said:

Did you do anything special to enable the danios to breed? Plants or moss in the water to help hide the scattered eggs?

I laid a layer of pea gravel (from home depot) as a substrate...I was told that the lager than standard stone size allows the eggs to gather between them, protecting them from the adults eating them. I also have water hyacinth floating on the surface, of which the root structure allows the the fry to hide in. 

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6 hours ago, Speakeasy said:

I laid a layer of pea gravel (from home depot) as a substrate...I was told that the lager than standard stone size allows the eggs to gather between them, protecting them from the adults eating them. I also have water hyacinth floating on the surface, of which the root structure allows the the fry to hide in. 


Ah, nice, thanks! That happens to be exactly what I've done with my 100g Rubbermaid tote: Home Depot pea gravel and water hyacinths. I also dropped in some Java moss for good measure!

I hope to see baby gold white clouds in the near future!

Bill

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1 hour ago, Bill Smith said:


Ah, nice, thanks! That happens to be exactly what I've done with my 100g Rubbermaid tote: Home Depot pea gravel and water hyacinths. I also dropped in some Java moss for good measure!

I hope to see baby gold white clouds in the near future!

Bill

Yeah I have some water Sprite planted in a small pot on the bottom. Do to the water hyacinth and the duck weed that came with it I'm having a tough time keeping sun light on it. All things given, not exactly a bad problem to have. 

I wanted white clouds, but they just not available locally to me...I hope you breed a swarm of them, maybe I can buy some off you 

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2 hours ago, Speakeasy said:

Yeah I have some water Sprite planted in a small pot on the bottom. Do to the water hyacinth and the duck weed that came with it I'm having a tough time keeping sun light on it. All things given, not exactly a bad problem to have. 

I wanted white clouds, but they just not available locally to me...I hope you breed a swarm of them, maybe I can buy some off you 

Yeah if I'm fortunate enough to breed a swarm, I'll definitely need to unload them! The gold white clouds are so pretty. I started out with two dozen from Aqua Huna, and they came in larger than expected at 100% survival rate!

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Added rice fish to the pool today. @Cory suggested them in an earlier post and I was skeptical, but I was also wrong. The rice fish look great and school playfully. The colors are nice with some white, some blue, some orange.

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Grandparents old pool, was out of use for several years, areas around the skimmer box is starting rot, and other damage, it needs a good bit of work to become a usable pool.

Murky green water, snails and tadpoles were the only thing living in it for some time, i was just tossing random trimmings from my tank into the pool hoping something would grow but it would always melt except for some hearty vine like floating plant that i got from my friends old natural pond.

A month and a half - 2 months ago I drained it, rinsed out the dirt and muck, filled it up about 6-7 inches with well water, added about 20 water hyacinth, lots of duck weed, lots of guppy grass, lots of riccia floutia, just about anything that i had lots of of, i also put in a banana plant that i didn't want in one of my tanks. 

Almost everything started melting back at the start, though the banana plant, duck week and water hyacinths made it though and are doing well now.  The guppy grass and everything else are have become huge clumps of algae.

With moving 20 water hyacinths out of a rubber maid pond, it made way for a dwarf aquarium lily to take over to the point where the lily didn't have room for itself anymore.  With plants actually doing OK in the pool/pond I ended up moving the dwarf aquarium lily out about a week ago and it is doing well.

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my banana plant has been flowering, checked it out the other day, found that it was growing new plants too:
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This is my first year doing outdoor ponds/water gardens, I am just growing plants and do not have any fish outdoors.

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On 7/22/2020 at 2:28 PM, Speakeasy said:

that being said pothos grows underwater. The pic with the neon has a vine of pothos along the back. I just jammed a piece of vine into the gravel about two years ago and it rooted and  grew around the tank rooting in different places and is now coming up and out of the tank over the side and hanging down to the floor. In the beginning it did need a bit of time to convert to the aquatic life. 15954423683792705490781763728762.jpg.bbeeeea90868d6459a2aeb493b29356e.jpg

Ok, well that is so very cool! I had no idea it would do so well underwater, but your picture is proof enough! I wonder if it would do as well indoors, where there isn't as much sunshine and the temps are different. I think I see a trip to the garden center in my near future! Thanks for sharing!

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