I set this tank up from early March of last year, and during the Spring, Summer and early Fall it was part of a larger system of stock tanks and acted as the whole system's plant bio filter. While the Lilies were coming back from the light and increase in warmth in March, I decided to put a few White Cloud Mountain fish in the 85 gallon "plant tank".
And later, as things progressed, 4 skinny little LFS Rosy Barbs were added to the tank with the White Clouds. The WC's of course spawned like crazy during April and May, and now we have about 200 of them as mature adults. Also the Koi in the largest stock tank spawned in June, and the Rosies and Whiteclouds ate a lot of the Koi babies. Everything sort grew exponentially after that.
Pictures of the tanks as they progressed, March 6th of last year..
Just getting some leaves coming to the surface.
Spring evening hardening off of the Hyacinthes outside, from last years cuttings from the pond.
After a an early May rainstorm
Baby White Clouds late May...
High Summer mid July and the plant tank has almost become over whelmed by Water Hyacinthes. The Lilies were not competing well The nearly grown White Cloud youngsters were discovering the joys of swimming up stream and down stream to the other two tanks via their overflows. The Rosy Barbs all had vacated the little tank to check out the upper settling tank where they grew even larger. I'm surprized they coud swim in such shallow streams flows.
more to come..