Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: South-central Washington State, USA
I'm going to try a pond this summer. The trough I will use is somewhere between 160-180 gallons. There will be the local cattails, irises, pond-grass, water lettuce, water hyacinth, and any plants I can find at pond stores and such. I might also put some of my Vallisneria spiralis in there in a pot. It will catch morning sun and be shaded in the afternoon. No filtration. Now, for questions.
Should I change water, and how often?
How long should I wait to put fish/shrimp in?
What fish/shrimp are suitable?
I was thinking ghost shrimp, 4-6 bettas (want to breed these and make something off them), and possibly guppies or mosquitofish. I would of course put daphnia, copepods, and pond snails in earlier on to jumpstart the ecosystem (there are several local ponds, and the 'organisms' will come from there).
Would this work? The highs around here are 98-102˚F and the lows no lower than 65. As many of you can probably tell, I know NOTHING of ponds. I respect the challenge, and am looking forward to getting lots of help!
Thanks in advance.
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