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1 ft deep pond??

My dad got me a weird tub thing about 1 ft deep and suggested i used it as a pond. I like the idea, but i don't think anything will survive in the winter, and i dont have another tank for the fish. My dad also wants everything to be native. So, finally, are there any fish that can survive in there for the winter?
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Native minnows such as golden shiners. You can buy them at a bait shop. If the pond is only one foot deep, it will freeze solid in the winter here in Michigan unless you have some surface agitation.

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Use it as a bog garden? They can look really spectacular, and 1' is about perfect for that
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Scratch that. I can take them in for winter. I think I am going with 4-6 rosy reds and 1-2 goldfish. Possibly mosquito fish too (3-4 to start.) will these fish breed fast? i would like to use the offspring as feeder fish (except the goldfish)
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My fatheads and goldfish spawned within a month of being in the pond, but that was early summer. Unlikely to have good conditions in the fall for spawning if you are where it gets cold in winter.

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My dad got me a weird tub thing about 1 ft deep and suggested i used it as a pond. I like the idea, but i don't think anything will survive in the winter, and i dont have another tank for the fish. My dad also wants everything to be native. So, finally, are there any fish that can survive in there for the winter?

Gambusia. (mosquito fish) Good from 33 degrees to 100 degrees. But they aren't something you will just want to sit and watch, but they will keep the mosquitoes down in the summer too. I have about 400 of them in my ponds, and since they are live breeders, they will sustain themselves. They only get about 2" max though.

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How many gallons is this shallow tub?
Golds need a LOT more room than a foot deep. They get to 6" plus the first year, and can reach a foot in the next few years. My Golds are not even 2 years old and are in 150 gallon pond, 2' deep in the deepest part.
The smaller fish might be OK in there for oxygen/CO2/waste, but there are other issues:
Predators can very easily catch fish in that shallow a container.
It will both over heat and evaporate in the summer.
It will freeze in the winter if you are in a zone that gets that cold. I am in zone 9b and my dogs' water bucket freezes over at least once through the winter. (Yes, bring the fish in, and select plants that go dormant in the winter, and lift them out of it).
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If this small plastic pond, black in color I presume isn't shaded your fish will cook in direct sunlight. Remember air temperature is measured in the shade. If it's 85 degrees out it will be much hotter in the tub.
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I haven't place it yet I can put it in the shade.
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It would help if you added your location to your public data. Makes it easier answering your question.

I second the bog garden, there are some really nice plants you can grow in it depending on your climate.

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