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I just bought a 150 gallon stock tank for my goldfish and koi because there 110 gallon had a crack on it. I emptied the 110 gallon, cleaned it up, and I think I found a way to fix the crack. It is a straight line crack on the bend running horizontally. It is about 5"-6"in long. I have put a lighter up to the area and began melting the plastic/rubber until it was soft and started to droop a bit. I used an old putty knife and smoothed the area out and let the area cool. I seems like it is working! I will do it one more time but on the outside of the tank and test it to see if it holds. If It does I might set this up on the patio for the summer and throw some plants in. Ahhh, I have wanted to do this for a long time now!

The Equipment

I have had to spend money lately so I am going cheap. What I have to work with is a 250gph pond pump, a tetra pond uv sterilizer, a bag of pool filter sand, a bag of black diamond sand (40-80 grit =() and the plants I have on hand. I can get some more stuff for substrate but I am not sure what to get. Aquarium gravel? More Black Diamond? More Pool Filter sand?

The DIY Stuff

I am going to make a filter by putting the pond pump into a plastic box and filling it with filter pads. I will get the lid and drill holes all over the top to let water through. I am then going to attach pvc piping to the pump outlet and create a spraybar like thing. It appears the uv sterilizer cannot be connected to the pump as the piping is the wrong size. I might need to try to get a converter or ditch the UV all together. But I worry about algae.

The Plants

I am going to use mostly what I have. I will put some rotala indica, Ludwigia Repens, Egeria Densa, Hygrophila, anything can go. I might want to get some duck weed or water lettuce to help combat to much light, which could mean algae.

The Fish

I think I will put a few hardy guppies in there to keep the pond "alive". I will let them breed. There will be temperature swings and that is what I am nervous about. I have also heard of people putting shrimp into outdoor ponds and having them thrive. Shrimp like cherry shrimp. It could be something to look into.
 

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The tank is setup now. Most of the plants I put into the tank died. I guess the sun or something must have messed them up. But some of them are starting to show some new green growth. I also found a bunch of cool driftwood that is soaking to be put in at the moment. For the filter I just have a walmart aquatech 30-60 for water movement.


I will post pictures later!
 

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There is a lot of neat driftwood soaking in the tank so tannins are bad. I have some water Hyacinths in there but I don't know how well they are doing. I also have a yellow lily that has started to sprout. And finally I have some Brazilian pennywort and some creeping jenny in there. Everything melted but it is coming back. I have also, to my surprise, found some frogs in the pond! They are able to get in and out easily and since it has been 98 degrees here they probably like to have some water.

I have not really put a filter on the tank yet. I just have an aquatech 30-60 modified to hang on the side to keep the water moving.
 

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i use mgocps with clay capped with gravel in my stock tank with only an airstone. you dont need anything else. water stays crystal clear everything you dump in there will grow i dumped some moss and dhg and they started growing. nice driftwood btw.
 
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