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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-10-2018, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Outdoor no filter planted tubs in the summer

Planning on trying my hand at growing some plants outside in just regular storage bins (no livestock), but I'm concerned with how hot it gets here in the summer.
No filter or airstone so.. are my plants doomed? Hoping to purchase some shade cloth to use when it gets really hot and I think I'd probably have to do daily water changes just to keep things cooled down some, but I don't know how much that would really help to keep the plants from being boiled.
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You're going to want some water circulation to keep mosquitoes from breeding in your pond. I've usually gone with cheap solar water pumps. Don't count on fish, because in water hot enough to make plants suffer, there's not going to be a lot of oxygen in the water, and fish will suffer too. Labyrinth fish might work if temps stay stable and you have somewhere for them to go in the cooler seasons.

But for the plants, if you can, bury or partially bury your tubs. The ground is a very good insulator and will help keep things cool. You also want to have floating plants covering roughly 2/3 of the surface of the water. Unless you have plants that require sun like water lilies and lotus, don't let your pond have much direct sunlight. Algae and temp swings happen
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Fried some plant's/fishes in big Rubbermaid tub that I placed on the patio that gets about six hours of sun.
Temps outdoors in triple digits sometimes during summer.
Tried to keep large sponge filter going when raccoon's would leave it alone.
Three Pond lilies in pot's did well till water just got too hot.
Keep bait tanks in garage sometimes where it is cooler, but no sunlight, and fishes are seldom in the tub's long enough to consider plant's or shop light's but I can keep the critter's from stealing my bait fishes.
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Not putting any fish, snails, shrimp, etc outside. Just plants. I have an area in mind, but I think it still gets too much direct sun. Hoping that shade cloth will help some.
Our front porch would be the perfect spot. Shaded most of the day with only a couple of hours of sun, but we live in an HOA run neighborhood, so the tubs would have to look decorative.
I mean... I'd be up to making an above ground pond but I don't think my husband would be up for that lol.

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A single layer of green shadecloth like from Growers Supply will do well. I'm using it on my 250 gallon tub pond. If you have time, moderate the length of time it's used over the tubs; so like on cloudy days just leave it off all day, but on sunny days at least from about 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. A little morning sun doesn't hurt.

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I have only done this once for the first time last summer, but it worked in the DC area. I had a rubbermaid 50 gallon stock tank. I added some floating plants, moss, and riccia to the tub. I started with 10 white clouds and ended the summer with around 200. I filled it with water from a water change on my 75 and added some cycled media. I waited 1-2 weeks before adding fish. Beyond that, I did pretty much nothing the rest of the summer. Rains mainly handled top off (and some over filling). Twice I had to add water myself. I may have feed them 5 times to get a count. They ate mosquitoes and infusoria from leaves that fell in the pond. As long as I didn't have standing water elsewhere, I rarely saw a mosquito.

To note: This was done once. I am going to try and reproduce the same results again, this year. However, changes in temp, rainfall, and any other factor could cause issues.


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