|09-01-2012 06:05 AM|
From the stress of the spiking levels, a large water change, and yet another large water change due to the hose slipping out, I lost another ryukin.
That was a long time ago though... mostly I am posting here to say...
This tub pond has been torn down. It no longer in use.
It has however been replaced with a 250 gallon permanent feature.
|08-03-2012 01:37 AM|
Well.. something came in the night. Snatched my pleco and captain harlock.
Half a dead platy was sat on the filter scumming up everything.
A waterchange and some prime and everything was good.
The hose got knocked over the edge a few hours later.
All the water drained except 4".
I filled it again.
My water degasses from 8.4 to 7.5 in about an hour.
So the pH swing can be deadly.
The next day one of my ryukins was floating.
All is well now and I have two new goldies.
A black moore and a calico ryukin.
Also.. This month the tub pond is being torn down!
To be replaced by a slightly larger (I think around 200 gallons) more attractive feature.
|07-10-2012 09:27 PM|
|07-10-2012 02:05 PM|
Congratulations! I'm hoping to get mine to breed in my container pond as well. I've noticed the females are MUCH fatter than the males. I'm knocking on wood.
Good luck with your permanent pond.
|07-10-2012 10:50 AM|
Well... The water forget me not withered to a dry back husk and fell off.
So sad... Maybe it's a winter marginal?
But wait! Hope! Little tiny leaves appearing from the base of the pot! Hope!
What else... Went though and cleaned it all up.. Checked on all my fish. My bristlenose is twice the size! And his bristles are starting to come in lol..
Everyone else was in great shape. One of the mystery snails died.
Shoved some more fertilizer tabs in the pot. Hopefully now that its hot and feeding is in full swing I'll get to see what colour this thing is. I want it to flower before I trash it! Or move. Most likely move it.
What else is there...
I got...Some.. Hmm...
Oh... we played around with the pond setup.
Didn't like where we were going and scrapped the idea for something smaller and better suited. This new one will be around 200 gallons (very small I know), and house 7 goldfish, a school of whiteclouds and whatever other fish are in the tub pond. That is because. It will be replacing the tub pond!
Soon-ish this will be a more permanent feature in my yard.
A picture. Guess what I found while cleaning the pond?
No platties or mollies since I made sure they were all male. They must've been in there for a while. There are only 5 of the little guys. Which is good. I don't like dealing with fish babies lol..
They are whitecloud minnows! Pretty cool.
And the tadpoles are almost little frogs! Just a tiny bit of tail left...
Not too sure if you can see the babies. I put them in an old milk jug we had lying around for this lol. Not the best picture.
|06-22-2012 12:36 PM|
I saw a thalia in person the other day. Very nice plant. I especially like it in giant hedges or bunches. Makes a big impact.
I think my next aquatic purchase might be an Exquisite Teacup of the Bowl lotus or a dwarf lily. And siberian pink cups.
Not for this tub pond though. My next one.
This one.. Well the fish ate all the azolla moss. Which is expected. I intend to pick up more but my local nursery... Which I'm now going to call LN for convenience.
My water lettuce exploded in growth and now I'm pulling out handfuls every morning. Also expected. The frogbit has barely grown at all. Not expected.
The water forget me not filled in real nice and was a giant bush of green and blue. I awoke the other day to find all the leaves completely stripped. Just some bare stems. It looks terrible.
And below it was a particular type of poop I knew a recognized but couldnt quite place. It hit me all of a sudden.. Caterpillar.
I searched for it for a while before I spotted it in the pond munching away on a lily pad.
When I went to get it my goldfish saw my hand and rushed for it. The caterpillar fell in and I found out that my fish can all rush in, rip apart, and eat a whole caterpillar in around 10 seconds.
That's it for this pond.
I think I'm waiting for my LN's to get some other marginals in. They get big batches of the same 5 plants over and over and every moth or so get something interesting in. lol...
Tis a waiting game. I hope the plants can overwinter here.
|05-13-2012 05:17 AM|
|chad320||I had my Thalia in a basket. I divided it every year and kept the smaller portion of it and traded the bigger one into the LFS for other ponders. Mini cattails are pretty cool too, or any lilies. Moss also likes these tubs if you can get a handle on algae. Just drape it over the side and it will grow somewhat emergent.|
|05-13-2012 04:57 AM|
This is indeed my first one. We had one that came with the place. But it was tiny and stagnant and gross. We drained it and its now a flower bed.
First serious pond sort of deal... I'm in love with them.
These are so much fun to do. I have to be patient though... Things need to grow.
Thanlia dealbata. That was beautiful. I just googled it. A little big for this small pond though.
I am working on a 700 gallon pond and that plant is fer sure gonna be on the list.
Or would a small pot contain it?
Right now lemon bacopa is on the list. I'm trying to make alot of the plants in and around it edible.
Updates.... I got fertilizer tabs. I hope they make a difference.
The water forget me not is adorbale and bouncing back well.
It's hates full sun. It wilts in the sun. As soon as the shade is on it though it's back up and happy and blooming.
It seems to be handling the sun better with each passing day though.
Thats about it...
I need plant suggestions... Plants that need only their roots in water. But not in soil.
I was thinking of using it as a plant factory of sorts.
My LFS loves my Windelov java ferns. So I was thinking of using it to farm store credit lol...
|05-13-2012 03:15 AM|
|chad320||Wow, I cant believe no one has commented on your pics yet! I guess the pond section kinda gets skipped over. i love your tub setup! I cant believe more people dont do these, they are so fun. Is this your first one? For marginals I highly recommend Thalia dealbata. its a beautiful plant! You can do a ton of aquarium plants in these too. I grew Blyxa japonica last year.|
|05-08-2012 05:01 AM|
Got a few floaters. I have to replace them every so often because the goldfish eat the roots.
They love them.
It gets kind of expensive. I intend on getting more water lettuce, and more marginals with time.
Since its spring the price of the marginals went up to $10 a pot..
And a pot goes a long way in this pond.
I do have one pond marginal right now... I'm still debating which other ones I want...
My marginal is water forget me not's.. Pretty blue flowers with large cascading leaves.
I just got it.
The one gallon pot it comes in is too big so I split it into 3 smaller pots. Two in the front corner and one in the back.
It didnt lbeing torn apart and shoved into new smaller pots.
So alot of the growth wilted. But I do see new flowers and new sturdy growth so. Heres to hoping!
Two things I've noticed... It doesnt like being handled at all..
And it doesnt like alot of sun.
Other than that.. Heres some full shots of the tub. More marginals will eventually cover the rim of the tub, hiding the sides.
And eventually all the seeds I planted in between the bricks. will spring forth into life.
So it looks pretty crappy right now...
I also need to do something about that hose as well... Make some sort of water fall...
A planted water fall...
And in the last shot you can see two of my goldfish happily munching on the water velvet.
|05-06-2012 06:03 AM|
And algae.. And pond snails.. And Floater roots. But really not too many.
they don't eat anything else I've put in. But I do keep fresh veggies clipped in 24/7... They tend to eat those over the plants..
Put some frogbit out there. They havent touched it.
|05-06-2012 06:00 AM|
Now on to back story!!!!!!
Definitely a sailing ship..
Their goal.. The Chest of Eden..
|05-06-2012 05:57 AM|
I need to make a trip to the local nursery, get some fertilizer tabs, and some marginals and floaters...
Its strange.. It threw out some leaves.. And all off a sudden threw out tony of giant sized leaves. So many that it covered the entire pond. With all the leaves overlapping and in piles.
They rotted away.
All at once.
And now its about to throw out a new batch of smaller leaves.. Learning its environment maybe?
|05-06-2012 02:04 AM|
|xenxes||Are those gold fish eating any plants? Maybe I should get one, will finally have a use for duckweed.|
|05-05-2012 08:14 PM|
Oh, and jobs for the other able bodied sea-fish:
Snails, Plecos: They are deck hands, in charge of swabbing the deck
Mollies, Platies: They are in charge of raising the sails (if it is a sailing ship) or maybe they are engineers (if this is a powered ship).
White Cloud Minnow: Cabin boy. (or girl)
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