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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-30-2013, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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50 Gal Container Pond

Here is my 50 Gallon container pond. It is a stainless steel watering trough from Tractor Supply. This is the second year I have have had this pond going. Last year was a struggle to keep it going with my koi eating every plant i put in there. This year my rescued feeder, shubunkin, and fancy are doing great and leaving the plants alone. The hot weather this week was a challenge but everyone seems to be doing well and the plants are blooming.

Flora-
Hardy Waterlily
Parrots Feather
Thrush
Dwarf water lettuce
Java moss-found while cleaning
Water Wisteria
A taro of some kind

Fauna-
5 feeder goldfish
1 shubunkin
1 fantail goldfish

Equipment is just a gravity powered filter fed by a 325 GPH pump in a prefilter with lava rock.

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The waterlily weathered the winter great and is providing lots of shade on these hot days. I was lucky to get 1 bloom last year and this year i have 8 going at once.


I had been wondering why my thrush wasn't blooming yet and this week all 4 blooms came up.


Filtration and random parrots feather. The driftwood was some extra from an indoor tank that I didn't have room for. This has been a great place to put all of my extra dwarf water lettuce from my 10 gallon.


One of the former feeders enjoying a better life.


We are currently in the process of looking for a new home and space to build a proper 1,000+ gallon pond for these guys is one of my requirements.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-24-2013, 07:21 PM
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Nobody responded to this? It's gorgeous! I just may have to do something like this myself.
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I like it! Definitely something on my to do list if I ever end up with patio space.
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I've got the patio space but I have a reluctant husband. I'm going to show him this one as part of my win-him-over strategy.
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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-09-2013, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. This has been my most undemanding "tank". Just a small water change here and there and that's about it plus my 17 month loves to feed the fish! I started with a much smaller half barrel container, that took up much less space. I will probably resurrect it with just the water lily and some guppies.
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Love it! Can you tell me a bit more about your filtration? Was it something you put together?
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Yeah, the filtration was just kind of cobbled together using some things that i had and an ordering mistake.

I started with the pump from
this kit this kit
from my half barrel pond. Only difference was that I only had a small prefilter that attached to the front and was the size of a soda can. It clogged up weekly and was just a PITA. So I got this
pre-filter pre-filter
which I only have to clean once or twice a season. I change out the filter pads at the beginning of the summer and that is it. I have the lava rock underneath the filter as a home for all the BB. You could use whatever media you want but i had a bag of the lava rock and there was some more standard ceramic media further along the chain in the gravity filter so i didn't spend more than i had to here. The pump feeds the gravity filter (
this one this one
) except i only paid $30 for it. The gravity filter has a stiff bristled brush like thing to capture large particles, a foam pad for finer particle filtration, and bio media. That empties into the
waterfall box waterfall box
. I don't have any bio media in there but could be done.

I have had zero issues with my fish this year, even with a relatively heavy bio-load. 7 goldfish in a 50 gallon pond is hardly ideal so I can't wait for a new pond next year. I will probably use a similar filtration system for the larger pond just upsized everywhere. I never meant to get the gravity fed filter and i meant to return it but i am glad i kept it in the long run versus a pricey and most likely temperamental pressurized system like
this this
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Nice set up. I thought about getting one of the rubber watering trough to make a container pond.
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That looks very nice. It might look small placed in that edge, but it makes a big change.

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really nice and a great patio filler, ive got a 50g on my patio its got 4 standard goldfish in it at the moment

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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-25-2013, 09:37 PM
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Very pretty .

Did you have any problems with the fish and the steel ?
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Did you have any problems with the fish and the steel ?
None so far. I lost one fancy goldie coming out of the winter but that was swim bladder disease and I don't think it was due to the steel.
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Thank you. I love their look .
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I like it.
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