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Old 11-10-2013, 01:42 AM   #1
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From 6g>18g>28g container pond 6/19/14


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This morning, Little Chris (son) asked for either a 125g Albino Oscar aquarium or a pond. Since I don't have room for my old 6ft tank, I am surprising him with a pond. I just hope he doesn't get too disappointed when he find out its only a 6 gallon container pond. lol

I'd like to stock it with a few minnows, Ghost/Glass shrimp and duckweed/frogbit/dwarf water lettuce(?) for cover. It holds exactly 5g with stones and gravel/pebbles

I tested the water last night/this morning before I buried it and water temp was 58 deg at 3:30 am while air was 54 deg. Since its now 80% buried, I'm hoping it will stay in the low 60s at night

Am I destined for disaster with such a small pond? Suggestions, advice or criticism welcome.

*6g clay pot
*scattered gravel, large garden stones
*Ludwigia, horsetail, water lettuce
*4 1" feeder comet
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:34 PM   #2
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Can someone ID this stem plant. Found it at a local lake today while taking a jog.
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:11 PM   #3
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Just got back from the river and brought home some water lettuce (?) There were tons and tons of this stuff everywhere.

Just not sure what to stock it with. I was thinking some silver feeder minnows but my son wants something with color. I'm thinking either a few feeder goldfish or a small school of rosy red minnows. Anyone?
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Old 11-12-2013, 04:58 AM   #4
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Went to petco to pick up what the girl on the phone said were rosy red minnows. Even though the tank was labeled "rosy red", they were all blk and grey.
Trying to choose the smallest and most colorful from the feeder tank wasn't easy but we finally settled on these 4 1" comets instead. I'm going to float the bag for an hr then in they go.
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Old 11-12-2013, 05:59 AM   #5
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Rosy reds are a color variant of the Fathead feeder minnows, pretty freaking hardy fish!

This is going to be awesome, especially if some of the plants get to flowering.
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:42 PM   #6
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I will be tough to keep 6 gallons clean with 4 comets
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:36 AM   #7
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Thanks for the minnow info Legot

pweifan, the fish are lost in the pond due to their tiny size. We already plan on adding a much larger container pond with filter to the other side of the doorway in a few months. They will get transferred over once they grow out. I'll then stick with a few rosy red minnows like we had originally planned.

I know this may sound weird but I love doing water changes on my 8 betta cubes every 4-5 days. I guess an extra water change wont hurt
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:38 AM   #8
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They are at the bottom right now. Hopefully in a few days they'll start swimming to the surface for some flakes.
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:10 PM   #9
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I think that plant is Ludwigia peploides.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:57 PM   #10
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Those "feeder comets" are not going to do well in that container for long. My wife and I purchased a house one year ago with a 2400G pond (which I love!). The previous owner had it stocked with "feeder comets" and they are going on 7 yrs old and 8-10 inches or more.
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:39 PM   #11
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pweifan, I think you are right.Thanks

Tekwarren, I think I should have waited for the rosy reds. It's a 6g pot with exactly 5g in right now with plenty of hiding space and water lettuce for cover so I think they should be ok for a few months. My son liked it so much that he wants a bigger 100g trough pond for the opposite side of the front door way. They'll go in there in a few months then once they out grow that, 3 of the 4 will go into a buddy's pond.

Thinking of adding either a small pump or powerhead to power a mini fountain or waterfall for some added aeration.
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:53 PM   #12
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Feeding for the first time since setup. Still a bit shy though...well, except for one. I left for a sec and came back to all 4 at the surface eating.

Day 1 (11/14)

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Day 3 (11/17) Not so shy anymore

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Old 11-17-2013, 07:30 PM   #13
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Stopped by my sisters house and her gardener had just finished planting some of what I think is horsetail. Ive seen plenty ponds with a similar plant so I went ahead and borrowed a few stems to see if they would work on the mini pond.

Just a few stems in a 4" clay pot with miracle grow soil and a gravel cap.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:01 AM   #14
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internal filter:

Small plastic container (6"x4"x3.5") will have holes punched on all sides and lined with scrub pads. Pump will sit standing up with an output hose leading to a spray bar/waterfall and its cord running out of a side slit.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:32 AM   #15
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That's a novel idea.

Just an FYI, if anyone is ever building a pond or tank and they need a cheap pump, the ones from harbor freight are top notch for a lower price than the internet.
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