I had a little container pond last summer with 2 mollies in it which I enjoyed immensely until it sprung a leak while I was out of town and I came home to find everything dead
I decided to get a sturdier container this time and started off with this little pond with 2 feeder comets.
I do know that isn't big enough for 2 comets. My plan was to upsize next year. But my other plan to downsize on my inside tanks wasn't working well. I got down to one tank but had a group of fish I was having trouble finding homes for and they couldn't stay in my 20 gallon quarantine tank forever. So as usually happens whenever I say I am cutting back, I wound up with something bigger. I bought this 155 gal tank at the feed store.
and in went the other fish. 4 Eastern Dollar Sunfish, 5 Golden topminnows, one lined topminnow. The comets went in as well, the smaller container is now a tomato planter. I stuck some filters from tanks I had broken down in there, but I want to DIY a dedicated pond filter. Pond plants are impossible to find in Silicon Valley for some reason so I scrounged around the regular plant nursery to find plants that could be used as marginals. Water is very tannin stained right now because I didn't listen to the "don't use potting soil" advice. I'll run some Purigen to clear it but for now the fish seem to like the water dark.
They have a lot of hidey holes in their but weirdly I find them in the inch of water on top of the baskets a lot. Hopefully they don't that at night when the critters are out hunting!
Aesthetically, I'm having trouble making this look the way I want it to. I keep playing around with plant placement but I am strting to think it's just a limitation of the shape of the container. I have a water lily on order so maybe once that fills out and hides some of the inner workings I will like it better.