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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-19-2015, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
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Getting ready for next year

So I'm getting ready for next year. My trial runs this year were kind of meh (plague of frogs...*shudder*). But I think I have things down pat for this summer tubbing thing. When I get back for Thanksgiving break, I'd like to get ready for next year! I'm not going to use the kiddie pool, especially after it degenerated into a frog marsh. I'm also going to try something to keep frogs out (probably by using a really tight netting connected to PVC). But mainly, I'm wondering how best to create green water conditions for next year.

I plan on breeding Danio tinwini, Microrasbora kubotai, Boraras briggitae, and/or Corydoras pygmaeus, as well as cherry shrimp.

I plan on using leaves to help induce a green water bloom, and then adding some daphnia eggs from Carolina biology, cherry shrimp, and blackworms/tubifex. All of which will be food, along with mosquito larvae that aggregate on the surface.

How many leaves should I add to the tub right now, and what mixture? My home currently has mulberry, apple, cherry, pear, oak, and other leaves. None are sprayed. Should I aim for a layer of leaves? If I add too many leaves, will I need to add an aerator or something to keep out anoxic conditions?

Finally, how do I keep out water beetles? I always find them in my tubs, and I know that they eat my fish.

So many fish/plants/inverts to keep, not enough aquaria.
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Currently wondering if the pond people go into torpor or hibernation on this forum when it starts getting cold.

So many fish/plants/inverts to keep, not enough aquaria.
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Oak leaves are great! But Remember Leaves may create black water conditions as they break down, releasing tannins and acidifying your water. I had a thick layer of oak leaves in the bottom of my bathtub pond and by the end of the year it had become a thick layer of mulm. I added some water from a local natural pond to innocult with some life. It was absolutely SWARMING with daphnia and different copepods until I added my American flag killifish. I never had green water though as I used barley straw pellets.
I put two fish in that pond and now i have way to many to count. And they were all well fed and have amazing colours.
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Don't forget to swap out some of the leaves every now and then and add new ones. I know the boraras briggitae fry love a leafy bottom. Word is they feed on the decomposing leaves in the early stages of development.

Just a layer or two of leaves, you won't need too many. Think of the bottom of a healthy waterway.

If you want to induce green water also add ammonia to no more than 5ppm + lots of sunlight.
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