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xenxes 02-20-2012 09:20 PM

Whiskey/Rain Barrel Ponds
Wish these weren't $100. Any idea where I can find some old barrels for cheap (junkyard)? ;) They look great.

menoseloso 02-24-2012 08:37 PM

are there any wine making companies around your area? you can ask im sure they can toss a few broken or low grade barrels your way. you can try flea markets.

xenxes 02-24-2012 10:27 PM

Called the nearby wineries. I'm thinking I don't want an actual wine barrel. Too much tannins inside and I'd have to use a liner or risk poisoning the fauna.

Home Depot has these for $30 made from fiberglass, but there is a drainage hole in the bottom. The faux ones are cheaper and lighter. I'll keep looking, an oversized planter will also do the trick.

menoseloso 02-25-2012 03:44 PM

keep looking im sure you'll find something that will suit your taste.

allegoriest 03-09-2012 08:22 PM


I got one at Lowe's a while back that was smaller than a whiskey barrel, but didn't have holes in the bottom. I think it was about $25. Of course, I have to have a cage around mine, cause birds were eating my fishies and plants. D: I just have a basic pond sprayer pump that makes a little bell of water on top in the middle.

moonshinetheslacker 03-10-2012 02:46 AM

You have a couple options, both somewhat DIY related. You could pick up a fiberglass barrel from lowes, and patch the hole. They probably have some sort of old school sink plug that will fit the hole (think rubber bathtub plug, with a rusty chain attached, in your grandmothers claw footed tub) If they don't have a plug that will fit, you can fabricate one with a little duct tape and silcone.

If you don't want to mess with a pond liner to go into a "real" wine barrel, then you can coat the inside with waterproof two part epoxy. No tannins. Period. Just look up a how to on building a plywood aquarium. There are various how-tos on youtube for that sort of thing, that will show you the process of epoxy coating wood.

Hope this helps!

menoseloso 03-10-2012 12:39 PM

thats true but i think he has a budget and the two part epoxy will take him over budget aside from the pond/tank

nwilso20 03-18-2012 01:44 AM

Could anyone identify the plants in these? I'm trying to come up with a planting list for a barrel.

DogFish 03-18-2012 01:54 AM

I was at Home Depot Friday saw them for $29

nwilso20 03-18-2012 02:20 AM


Originally Posted by DogFish (Post 1778565)
I was at Home Depot Friday saw them for $29

Ya, I just left there, They have the real wood ones for $29, and the fiberglass ones were marked down to $19.

When I saw them I remembered this thread! Now I need to figure out a planting list so I can get started on one.

I was thinking about just using black plastic to line the barrel, then using miracle grow potting soil with a gravel cap.

Now I just need to figure out the plants!

DogFish 03-24-2012 02:25 AM

I went back and bought one. The car smelled like whiskey all the way home. :hihi:

I'm not going to use a liner. I've got it full now. I'll dump it in a few days and repeat a few times. My temps won't be consistent enough for a few more wks.

I keep my grow out plants in clay pots in 2OL tanks. I'm just going to move the clay pots into the barrel starting with plants that tolerate cooler water 1st. As the weather gets warmer they can be swapped out with warmer water plants and finally fish.

The other nice thing about the pots is I can adjust water depth as needed. Some of the younger crypts will be closer to the surface until they get larger.

AaronT 03-24-2012 02:52 AM

I found one at the orange box once for about $30.00.
Here it was at the beginning of the season. I put cherry shrimp in it one year and pulled out at least 500 of them.

DogFish 03-24-2012 03:11 AM

Arron - It's kind of amazing how well fish & invests do when put out side and left alone. When I had my concrete pond in the late 80's we had a month plus of high 90's & 100s here in the Chicago area. I moved my african cichlids & angel fish out into the 300gl pond. At the end of summer I had more fry than I new what to do with. I put them all in a 20l and it took several weeks to figure out exactly who was who.

The most interesting was the angelfish jumping out of the water to get mosquitos.

Colorful 07-31-2012 07:41 PM


Originally Posted by nwilso20 (Post 1778557)
Could anyone identify the plants in these? I'm trying to come up with a planting list for a barrel.

there's water hyacinth in the first picture. Not sure about the other plants/

Diana 08-01-2012 12:27 AM

Definitely water Hyacinth in the upper pic. Some sort of iris or rush-like thing (grassy looking vertical leaves) I would try to use variegated Iris. Neatest, least invasive.
Background is some fern. Australian Tree Fern has fronds like that, but so do many other ferns. To the right/middle looks like Agapanthus, thick strap shaped leaves.

2nd pic: Hanging over the edge is Myriophyllum. Try to find a dwarf. The most common is a rampant weed in a setting like this; even the dwarf will need trimming to stay small enough.
Some sort of water lily floating leaves. There are some dwarf varieties to look for in a planter this small.
Fine spiky thing might be any of the smaller rush/sedge/papyrus sort of grassy thing, or a very fine leafed Iris.

In post 12 I think I see Bacopa (far right) in a pot with a low growing moss. You can grow plants in pots by turning one pot upside down in the barrel and sitting the planted pot on top of it. You could even cut a hole in the bottom pot to make a cave for the fish.
Background in pic in post 12 is Hosta (green and white leaves). I am not sure of the plant to the left, but Stachys would work like that, low growing, large leaf.

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