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Old 04-21-2013, 03:27 PM   #1
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My first small container pond


Hi all, first pond here. I want to keep it simple. I'm just gonna have a small bucket and am curious what will happen with some plants, snails, shrimp, and fishies. I live in Colorado, and this spot will face west but have a big ole tree shielding out sun.

Do you guys have any tips for plants that can okay? I'm most interested in floating stuff and marginal

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Old 04-22-2013, 02:45 AM   #2
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My number one suggestion is to grow as many floating plants as possible to prevent algae. Beyond that I've kept Red Cherry Shrimp and White Cloud Minnows over the summer with no problems. Pots are the easiest way to deal with plants because you can easily adjust the height if necessary. Good luck!
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:38 PM   #4
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Yea I think RCS, white cloud minnows and I also want to try some guppies and endlers. My son is determined to get a goldfish as well. I imagine this will make the water way dirtier and they would also probably devaour the shrimp and guppy fry. Will a small goldfish maybe be more forgiving?
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I'm afraid what may start as a small goldfish will not stay that way. Maybe let him help you pick out some fancy guppies as a compromise? That may make him happy while keeping your pond clean
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Yea I think RCS, white cloud minnows and I also want to try some guppies and endlers. My son is determined to get a goldfish as well. I imagine this will make the water way dirtier and they would also probably devaour the shrimp and guppy fry. Will a small goldfish maybe be more forgiving?

I have found white clouds to be jumpers but not guppies or endlers .
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My number one suggestion is to grow as many floating plants as possible to prevent algae. Beyond that I've kept Red Cherry Shrimp and White Cloud Minnows over the summer with no problems. Pots are the easiest way to deal with plants because you can easily adjust the height if necessary. Good luck!


You never had your white clouds jump?

I have never been able to keep zebra danios nor white clouds outside with jumping .

Maybe when a treefrog hits the water they panic while the other fish just swin in a different direction.
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You never had your white clouds jump?

I have never been able to keep zebra danios nor white clouds outside with jumping .

Maybe when a treefrog hits the water they panic while the other fish just swin in a different direction.
No tree frogs in downtown denver colorado, though I wish we did, that would rock! my biggest concern is the random squirrels and birds. I guess I can keep the water level a little low if the minnows seem to jump.
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My White Clouds never jumped. I had a squirrel that would drink from the container and they seemed fine. Maybe it was the aggressive plant cover?

BTW I have had problems with raccoons, do you have those downtown Denver?
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Here are some pictures of my set up from last year. I'm thinking I'll use native fish this year instead of White Clouds.
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My White Clouds never jumped. I had a squirrel that would drink from the container and they seemed fine. Maybe it was the aggressive plant cover?

BTW I have had problems with raccoons, do you have those downtown Denver?
We sure do, but I live up on the 5th floor, so the only visitors I get on my patio are occasional squirrels from nearby trees and random birds.
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My White Clouds never jumped. I had a squirrel that would drink from the container and they seemed fine. Maybe it was the aggressive plant cover?

BTW I have had problems with raccoons, do you have those downtown Denver?

' Maybe it was the aggressive plant cover?'

Oh that might be it and something I never thought about doing, I had only a few floating water lilies.
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Here are some pictures of my set up from last year. I'm thinking I'll use native fish this year instead of White Clouds.

Great looking. I also use screen at night due to Cuban treefrogs spawning .
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