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Something you can try to circulate the water without electricity is the Trompe. Look up on YouTube Trompe device & there’s a great video explaining how it works.

 

 

Essentially it is an inexpensive add-on to your garden hose that produces air bubbles via water flow & gravity. Whenever your sprinklers are running in the yard then air bubbles will be produced by the Trompe device. Run an air line from the Trompe air output into your pond.

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1 hour ago, FriendlyLoach said:

I think it should be fine, but it would be so much better with a solar powered pump. I use AEO solar water pumps. Just make sure the solar panel if makes the right amount of electricity and make sure you get a dc pump. You could also use a bilge pump. 

I've always wanted to do that, but I'm not handy and it seems too complicated to me. Is there a guide for someone like me with zero understanding of what you even said just now?

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16 hours ago, CalmedByFish said:

I'm having fun thinking through how to have an outdoor pond, but I have no access to electricity outdoors. Anything powered would have to be solar. Is it always necessary to have powered filtration, aeration, water movement, etc? 

I set up a summer-season-only outdoor pond, a plastic kiddie pool. It is quite shallow, maybe 10 inches deep. I estimate it holds about 125-130 gallons. The pond is in the shade, to help smooth out temperature fluctuations. The solar fountain output splashes into a trickle sump filter made from a large planter trough sitting on cinder blocks. The solar panel was shaded during this photo; for at least 6 hours during the day, the outflow reaches 12 inches high, easily clearing the top of the sump filter. The splashing adds aeration. The large pots have fiber wicks that extend from the drainage holes into the water, to help draw water and nutrients into the pots. The water draining from the sump filter creates a gentle, but definite, clockwise current. Otherwise, there is no water movement. There is no substrate because the dogs would just stir everything up and cloud the water. The water is dark because the coconut coir in the sump filter leached out tannins. 

Last summer, this no-electricity pond housed a thriving and multiplying community of guppies, hornwort, American frogbit, pond snails, and Neocaridina shrimp. In the fall, I brought everyone (well, almost everyone) inside, where I am keeping them in tanks until the weather warms up. 

Not aesthetically what you are looking for, but you get the idea.

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51 minutes ago, Celly Rasbora said:

I've always wanted to do that, but I'm not handy and it seems too complicated to me. Is there a guide for someone like me with zero understanding of what you even said just now?

I bought a solar fountain kit online for $125. This one is 20 W, 360GPH and comes with everything I needed—solar panel, wiring, output tube. The key is not to go too cheap, or you will discover the pump isn't strong enough to lift the water high enough for whatever DIY project you might have in mind. 

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On 3/10/2021 at 2:53 PM, Anita said:

I set In the fall, I brought everyone (well, almost everyone) inside, where I am keeping them in tanks until the weather warms up. 

 

I just read your "almost everyone" saga. Sheesh! No fun. I'll heed the warning. 

By the way, the species you listed are almost exactly what I'd like to try. 🙂 This year will be my first attempt, so I'm pretty sure the only animal will be Malaysian Trumpet Snails - a low-pressure way to get the hang of it. But hey, next year I might have a lively pond, similar to yours! 

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32 minutes ago, CalmedByFish said:

I just read your "almost everyone" saga. Sheesh! No fun. I'll heed the warning. 

By the way, the species you listed are almost exactly what I'd like to try. 🙂 This year will be my first attempt, so I'm pretty sure the only animal will be Malaysian Trumpet Snails - a low-pressure way to get the hang of it. But hey, next year I might have a lively pond, similar to yours! 

Yes, please learn from my mistakes! Your pond residents will thank you. 🐟🌿🐌 

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