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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-14-2015, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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5 years of barrel pond

Sort of an outdoor freshwater aquarium. My 5 year old barrel pond. Early this spring I caught some tadpoles and tossed them in, today finally my first frog.

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I saw this on reddit. Very nice! How successful have you been at keeping the coons away with the electric fence?
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I saw this on reddit. Very nice! How successful have you been at keeping the coons away with the electric fence?
100% as long as I don't unplug it and forget. Its on a timer so it only comes on at night. without the electric fence it wouldn't be possible.
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I really like this. I did something similar but on a cart so I could roll it into the garage for overwintering. It wasn't this pretty though, to be honest.

I'm not sure what species your frog is, but if it's an aquatic species that will grow larger (leopard frog, bullfrog, that sort of thing), you might want to fish it out and find it a good home. If large frogs continue to live in the barrel, they will devour your livestock entirely. They're super predators; I recall a young 3" bullfrog eating 2" goldfish. At that size it will happily eat your shrimp and smaller fish.
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I saw this on Imgur!

My pond's going on it's 4th year now, although it's moved 3 hours, 130 miles, and 2-3 mountains away from where it first started. Kudos on the danios though, I keep just them and some Least killies in mine
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the tadpoles are n. american toads, so they will leave the barrel and roam the backyard eating insects.
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Nice documentation over the years. Interesting use of wire fence always thought they were for prisoners never thought to use them on raccoons haha
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lovely!
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That electric fence is a great idea. Raccoons have been one major reason as to why I have not moved forward with mine. Those little bandits as well as skunks are more plentiful here then when I lived in the mountains of California.
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Pretty cool!
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This is great. I'm inspired!
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I saw this initially on Reddit too and was inspired as well. Can this be done in a colder climate location in Boston? I would think all of the plants/fish would need to be replaced yearly due to the very cold winter?
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Interesting pond!

I assume the fence energizer will just shock the animals away, correct?
How much power does it use?
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What's the plant list?


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