So, I went out and bought a couple of platies to throw in the pond. Also, the Pearl Gourami have been rather skitish, and I have rarely seen them since I put them in. I occasionally catch a glimpse of one, but I cannot say with any certainty that the pair is still alive (although they very well could be). I'm hoping that the prescence of smaller fish will encourage them to come out more.
So, new fish are all doing good. Sure enough, once I put the platies in the female gourami started to come out of hiding a lot more, and would often feed with the other fish. I have yet to see the male, and it has been a couple of days since I believe I last saw it. There's a fairly good chance he didn't make it, but you never know... also I am trying to identify these fish from above so I might be seeing them both and counting them as the same fish
Hi all thanks for the comments. The container is actually a preformed plastic container. the hottest I have measured the water temp at during the summer is 76 degrees. The lilly and the hornwort shade most of the water surface. I have also been fortunate enough to have my golddfish spawn for the first time. I am now in the process of re - homing them. I love the stargrass, it is very hardy, and i have had very little problem maintaining it, which is a big deal for me. Anyway, here are some updated pics of the pond.
Do you by any chance remember what the plant is that looks kinda like caladium or elephant ear?
As you can tell, the decaying plant matter and the fish made quite a mess, so I will be siphoning and changing water a couple of times a week for the next week or so. Here are some pics of some of the stuff I pulled out while cleaning:
I also pulled out a bunch of platy fry, and there seems to be a couple of goldfish fry as well. Will post pics of them once I have them inside!
Well, the season has ended so the pond isn't that appealing to the eye but everything appears to be doing well. I threw in some rotala clippings from my indoor tank and planted them with the water lilys and they appear to be growing very well although the water temp is probably in the upper 50s and lower 60s during the nights right now.
It's been a rough winter this year with the temperature getting down below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. I'm glad to say that all my fish have survived, and I'm looking forward to implementing some changes in the coming season
Doing well, I felt that the pond was probably getting too much direct sunlight from around 12-5 which was leading to some high temps, up to 88-90 degrees and some algae growth (as well as insane plan growth rates)
However, in this heat the plants often decayed super fast leading to lots of organic matter accumulating in the bottom really increasing the need for regular weekly water changes. Also, this high heat couldn't be good for the longevity of my goldfish so for this season, i decided to move my pond to the other end of the patio.
Now it only really gets direct sunlight from 10-2, so it's not as harsh but definitely enough light for the lily and all the plants. The plant's are growing well, some slower than others. The fish are fat and happy and the water is crystal clear. I do about a 15 gallon water change every other week where I just use a 5 gallon bucket to bail water and replace. I also siphon out all the junk at the bottom once a month.
I'll put up some updated pics soon. Thanks for asking!!