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Trail_Mix 03-10-2013 04:15 PM

Suggestions on plants/fish for my first pond
Hey, I've never set-up a pond before, but I'm planning on creating a small container pond this Summer. I live in New York, so this will only be a Summer-time project. I'm not looking to raise Koi or grow lily pads or anything like that. I'm mainly interested in growing some stem plants for their emersed growth and flowers. Although, I am also interested in keeping a few interesting bog plants or something like that that you wouldn't normally see in an aquarium. I'm thinking of breeding endlers or some other small fish like that in there as well, not sure yet. As this will be my first pond, any suggestions for flora/fauna will be greatly appreciated, thanks!

SemperFish 03-11-2013 01:03 AM

What about things like star grass, bog bean, arrow heads, bog iris, and certain lilys (spider lily). Those are a few that I have in my pond that do well.

As far as fish go I have rosy red minnows and shubunkins. They over winter in my pond, of course I'm in Alabama and the water never freezes.

glutandpoop 03-11-2013 03:31 AM

Parrot's feather for emersed growth, Floating Hearts and Water Hyacinths for Flowers - all easy to grow...

byork 03-13-2013 01:29 AM

Suggestions on plants/fish for my first pond
Lizards tail and Bacopa caroliniana are my favorites but I like to keep it simple.

Edit: the great thing about these plants is that you can bring some clippings in and slowly submerse them in a display tank for the winter. The bacopa has very fragrant flowers and the lizards tail has heart shaped leaves which grow quite large and more arrowhead shape when emersed but become compact and fuller when submersed. Neither of these plants are demanding of light and will thrive in most conditions. I plant my bacopa at the small catchment at the bottom of my wall fall. It loves it and so do the frogs! Plus with the constant disturbance from the fall it makes that part of the yard smell great.

secuono 03-13-2013 01:58 AM

Shubs are still goldfish and get to 9-18 inches long. NOT a good container summer pond.
Any kind of livebearer would do great, how hot does your summer get? Don't get any tiny fish that can't handle the heat, as the water in a container will shoot up with the air temp.

I release my platy in my 3k koi pond. They breed like mad in there and I scoop them all up for winter.

lumpyfunk 05-16-2013 12:17 PM

Endlers will breed like mad, you will only need a few to get started.

jhays79 05-16-2013 09:41 PM

I did a 25g container pond last summer. had a small powerhead running a mini waterfall, planted with wisteria, parrots feather, rotala, and duckweed and frogbit. I threw a half dozen or so swordtails in it. When I tore it down in early fall I had roughly 2 dozen swordtails!

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