I have been looking to do a pond here but I know that a lot of people have told me theirs freeze over. I'd really like to do one like yours. Do you mind elaborating on the set up? Specifically how many gallons and how do you heat it? Just any 400w heater? Thank you.
Water circulation helps to keep ponds or water from freezing no matter if you have a heater or not.
I started from a old barrel that my gfs step dad had in his garden. It was half way buried and looked a wreck. The only they i clean of it was some old shingles, bits of trash, dirt, and unconnected moss. I didnt want to clean it to much because it was already able to hold water some what. As Ive kept it, it has sealed it self better but still leaks water but not always but not enough to make a big difference. Its actually nice cuz it lets me know when I need to add water and also keeps me from having to empty it.
It is about 30g, Im guessing. I used eco-complete for the substrate. The moss is one local to Indiana, I think not really sure how it even got moss on it considering it was in a garden. I keep Hudoroi crypts anubias and low light plants. Also, have a type of ludwiga in there but died back for winter but left seeds and stalks so should be interesting to see if it bounces back. Theres also some HC stuck to the moss that has been growing out recently and not sure where that came from cuz I havent seen it since I put it in there to begin with. I use regular tapwater. I also use a cheap walmart brand 10g HOB filter which Ive had for yrs before using it for the barrel.
The heater is just a regular fully submersible heater one is 400w and one is maybe 200W cant remember. I usually only run the 400w but when it gets under around 10F I need the other heater. Its crazy how much the other heater picks up the compensation. At -10F I had to turn the 400w almost all the way down because it was staying to hot 84F, which I like to keep it around 78. The temp does fluctuate alot daily can go from 70-80F from night and day. Fish dont seem to mind and are healthy happy and breeding and love the live food in the summer.
Hey nice to see you posting again. Yep the Crypts did well that summer. Do to shift in the path the Sun Travels Spring, Summer, Fall I start to decline in photo period end August.
I didn't set up the Whiskey Barrel last summer. I did manage to get myself a free 150 Rubbermade horse trough. So next year I'm going to set that up on the South East corner. I should get much better light.
And NOW you have fry!!!
Whoa!!! that is wild considering how cold & nasty winters been here in the midwest. I-65 is just a nightmare.
Nice, just curious what kind of crypts were you keeping out there and what kind of substrate did you have in your pots? I keep mine at my front door and the front light is always on dont know if that helps but I keep mostly all low light plants even though some HC has been growing in the moss recently. I also have Hudoroi's in there.
Nice, I would like to see what the trough setup will look like. Ive been wanting to do something like that myself indoors but just dont have the room.
I forget your not that far from me. 65 can be a nightmare with all the traffic without the weather Im sure the polar vortexes arent helping.