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Kiddie pool for outdoor pond

Would it work? I was considering a three or four foot kiddie pool to keep fish outside during the summer, as well as the warm parts of spring and fall for more resilient fish. My main worry is that the kiddie pool would overheat - would keeping it in partial shade help?
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I wonder how UV resistant the plastic is??? It may crack if left outside all the time.
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I wonder how UV resistant the plastic is??? It may crack if left outside all the time.
It would be brought inside when not in use, and would be replaced every 2 years.
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It might "work" but you might just be better off using something more resilient. Rubbermaid containers are used by several people with success.
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Storage bins or something else?
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Rubber maid stock tank's are what I use to keep baitfish in during the summer.
100 gal for about $75.00.
Smaller ones available cheaper.
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I set one up on patio last year with some livebearer's for girlfriend's daughter.
the patio was full sun for most of the day and heat from concrete warmed the tank too much and most of the fish roasted.
My bait tank's only see a few hours of sun on north side of house.
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Rubbermaid containers and water troughs work best.



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kiddie pools work just fine. We left ours out all the time with no issues of warping etc - they are designed to be used full of water and outside after all.
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You think a parasol or the like could provide the necessary shade to reduce overheating?
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Unless you have 100 deg weather like we have here in SoCal, you should be fine with your basic filter/pump(water circulation) and plenty of plants/floaters(shade).
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I use to use one. Put my fish in it when I moved here from up north back in 83. Down here I put it in the shade.

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I use to use one. Put my fish in it when I moved here from up north back in 83. Down here I put it in the shade.
Yep...shade was in the planning board, hence the parasol. Alternately, I could simply put some sort of wall on one or both sides to reduce or remove sunlight for part of the day.
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Hay bails arranged around the sides will keep some of the sun off as well as work for insulation to slow temperature changes either up or down. Shade is a definite plus.
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Anything other than hay bales? The bales would likely attract rodents in a hurry, and would probably not last longer than a year.
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Rubbermaid containers and water troughs work best.



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