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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-19-2015, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Aquascape a pond?

Is it possible to take aquarium plants and essentially use aquarium substrate in a small man made pond to "aquascape" it? Im thinking like carpetplanting the whole 1200g pond. Thoughts please!
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Of course it is possible. I grew this carpet of broadleaf Pygmy chain sword outside in the summer. I used the same dirt I use in my aquariums, capped with PFS. I just put the tray( and several others with different plants) in a 250 gallon tub that gets full sun. This way I can remove the plants before it gets too cold. And I have lots of plants to start new tanks this winter You may be better off to use removable shallow trays of some kind full of substrate. It would make it much easier to clean the pond, and do maintenance. If you used clear or black trays and black substrate they would hide well under the plants.
If you did carpet the pond with substrate it could be condsiderably expensive depending on what your thinking of using. 2" or more of ADA substrate in a 1200g pond. But if your talking about dirt and PFS or Clay KittyLitter it's not that bad. And if your gunna use a nutrient rich substrate you will need to fill the pond with LOTS of plants, and probably some emersed and marginal plants. Or maybe use a shade cloth until the plants fill in. Otherwise the sun will turn it into a big bowl of algae. You could also use barley straw, it kept the my tub free of algae issues.
And remember if you add koi or goldfish they might devour your hard work lol.
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Of course it is possible. I grew this carpet of broadleaf Pygmy chain sword outside in the summer. I used the same dirt I use in my aquariums, capped with PFS. I just put the tray( and several others with different plants) in a 250 gallon tub that gets full sun. This way I can remove the plants before it gets too cold. And I have lots of plants to start new tanks this winter You may be better off to use removable shallow trays of some kind full of substrate. It would make it much easier to clean the pond, and do maintenance. If you used clear or black trays and black substrate they would hide well under the plants.
If you did carpet the pond with substrate it could be condsiderably expensive depending on what your thinking of using. 2" or more of ADA substrate in a 1200g pond. But if your talking about dirt and PFS or Clay KittyLitter it's not that bad. And if your gunna use a nutrient rich substrate you will need to fill the pond with LOTS of plants, and probably some emersed and marginal plants. Or maybe use a shade cloth until the plants fill in. Otherwise the sun will turn it into a big bowl of algae. You could also use barley straw, it kept the my tub free of algae issues.
And remember if you add koi or goldfish they might devour your hard work lol.
So, Koi and Goldfish will both eat aquatic submerged or floating plants?
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