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CL 03-29-2010 11:34 PM

CL's 100 Gallon Container Pond
 
I'm finally setting up a container pond for the spring/ summer. I'll be picking up a 100 water trough tomorrow to use. I'm going to have some dwarf lilies/ lotus and a few other floaters such as salvinia oblongata (all of which are coming in the mail this week), and maybe a few stems and an emergent watersprite for good measure. I'll probably just have a bunch of zebra danios in there to eat the mosquito larvae. The container will be in a partially shaded area, so I won't really need to worry about the water getting too low too fast.

I have a couple of questions though. I am not going to filter this pond, mainly because It'll have loads of plants, and few fish. Any recommendations about water movement? Could I just use an air pump and air stone (air pump protected from the elements of course)?

I'm pretty pumped :icon_mrgr
EDIT: moved the pond into the sun, the area was too shaded.
Here are pics (the tub is half buried in the ground. The pump is making that much surface movement, and it is at the bottom of the tub (about 27 inches down!), and the flow is divided between the two heads, so it's not as much of a stream. I'm waiting for the plants in the back to grow up and over the back edge of the tub, it looks a bit ugly right now :icon_neut:
Sorry for the sideways pictures ;)
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The plant that will drape over the back, and grow in the gaps of the rock around the tub
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Currently the ~25 zebra danios (some long finned, some long finned leopard danios) are doing great. I plan to have about 50 total when I'm done adding them to this pond. I also might add a couple of BN plecos when the algae starts growing well (as it will)
Currently I'm waiting on the plants in the pot to grow up to the surface. I also have a wad of flame moss in there somewhere in case the danios breed, and the fry can hide in it. Also, I plan on adding a bunch of cherry shrimp, and the baby shrimp can hide in the moss as well, and others will supplement the danios diet of mosquito larva.
I hope that's enough rambling typing for now ;)

RipariumGuy 03-30-2010 12:15 AM

Can't wait to see it! As for water movement, I don't think an airstone would be enough. I know they sell cheap underwater pumps for ponds. I saw someone using one the other day over at AC.
Jake

CL 03-30-2010 12:19 AM

Do you think something like a koralia would work?

REEFBUG 03-30-2010 12:33 AM

No reason why a Koralia or powerhead of any kind wouldn't work. You just want to mix the water up a little.

Chris

Heartnet 03-30-2010 02:31 AM

If you don't want to run any ugly wires back and forth between your pond and electrical outlets, you can always opt for a solar powered pump. They can be found on ebay cheap.

I just ordered one, so I haven't test its efficiency.

But the owner of this blog seemed to have a lot of success going that route, so I decided to give it a try.
http://www.guitarfish.org/2006/08/25/an-outdoor-tank

CL 03-30-2010 02:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by REEFBUG (Post 1033711)
No reason why a Koralia or powerhead of any kind wouldn't work. You just want to mix the water up a little.

Chris

Thanks!
Quote:

Originally Posted by Heartnet (Post 1033826)
If you don't want to run any ugly wires back and forth between your pond and electrical outlets, you can always opt for a solar powered pump. They can be found on ebay cheap.

I just ordered one, so I haven't test its efficiency.

But the owner of this blog seemed to have a lot of success going that route, so I decided to give it a try.
http://www.guitarfish.org/2006/08/25/an-outdoor-tank

Yeah, guitarfish is made me want to set one up a couple of years ago because I follow his blog, but I just never actually got around to setting it up. Hopefully 100 gallons will be enough to satisfy me for now at least.

Heartnet 03-30-2010 03:09 AM

Guitarfish definitely has a great blog. :thumbsup:

I hope you can start rolling out some pictures soon. It would be nice to see what others are doing with their ponds so I can get an idea for mine.

When do you think you'll be setting it up? I know spring probably already started, but these fluctuating temperatures are really a party pooper, at least here in NY.

CL 03-30-2010 03:20 AM

Ha, I lucked out when I went to NYC for a week. 70's and sunny all week :D
I'm going to start setting it up tomorrow, and should have the plants by wednesday or thursday.

CL 03-31-2010 03:16 AM

Alright, I leveled the ground, got the trough in place, filled it with water and lined the outside wall with stones, and threw a few floaters in there. Tomorrow I'll try to find some kind of pump for circulation, and maybe make a trip to the pond store.

chase127 03-31-2010 03:23 AM

Pics :D

CL 03-31-2010 03:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chase127 (Post 1034814)
Pics :D

It's too dark :(

RipariumGuy 03-31-2010 11:53 PM

Pictures???

CL 04-01-2010 12:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JakeJ (Post 1035476)
Pictures???

Patience :) haha. I'll get some tomorrow when I get some more plants in there

RipariumGuy 04-03-2010 03:57 AM

Rghhhh! I hate being patient! :icon_roll:icon_smil

CL 04-03-2010 03:58 AM

Haha, sorry for the delay, guys. I'd post a picture if there was actually something to see ;)


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