Thinking of starting an indoor container pond
I've always liked the look of those black-sided container ponds with lots of stuff growing out the top, and they look like they'd be a good place to keep shy native fish. I'm thinking maybe pirate perch, possibly a tadpole madtom if I can find/catch one.
If possible, I think I'd like to get an oblong container and add a window. How much effort is it to cut a large square hole in a plastic container and seal acrylic over it?
Can I put a big plant like an elephant ear in a reasonably small container? I have limited space inside, so it'd be maybe a 30-40g container, but I think I'd like something big that grows right out the top.
And yes, it has to be indoor. Why?
This is Texas. Two reasons. Raccoons and heat. I know a larger pond can be insulated against temperature, but I have no desire to sit out in the heat to observe a tiny pond. Also, 'coons regularly come through here, and I don't want to lose fish to them.
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My current project, a 65 gallon aquarium stocked with vernal pool fauna.