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Hi all, this will be my first official post :). I started this container pond about a year ago. It has been great fun, and i have had somewhat better luck with plants outdoors than i have had indoors. The pond is stocked with 3 pond comets and 2 australian rainbows. There is no filter but lots of hornwort instead:icon_lol:. there is also a dwarf water lily which should flower in a couple of weeks now. I also have a couple of bog plants on the side shelves.

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Hi all, this will be my first official post :). I started this container pond about a year ago. It has been great fun, and i have had somewhat better luck with plants outdoors than i have had indoors. The pond is stocked with 3 pond comets and 2 australian rainbows. There is no filter but lots of hornwort instead:icon_lol:. there is also a dwarf water lily which should flower in a couple of weeks now. I also have a couple of bog plants on the side shelves.
Your pond is overstocked quite severely and your goldfish will be stumped. Comets need 30 gallons for one fish then 15-20 gallons for every additional fish. They are meant to grow 10-14" whilst I should think yours will top off at 6"
 

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All right then. I have a friend who can take in some of them. I should still be able to keep one though, right?
 

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I really like it! Especialy how the container is black and looks like a peice of out door furniture.
 

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Your pond is overstocked quite severely and your goldfish will be stumped. Comets need 30 gallons for one fish then 15-20 gallons for every additional fish. They are meant to grow 10-14" whilst I should think yours will top off at 6"
You do realize that most people buy those fish to either feed to a larger animal or to put in a goldfish bowl, right?

Anyway, i love your pond! What is it made out of? From those pictures it looks like stone. o_o Beautiful!
 

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Nice pond. How do you like your stargrass (Dichromena latifolia)? I have some of that and it is a nice plant, very different.

I agree it would be wise to give those fish much more room. Have you had any issues with this pond overheating in the summer? I would think that especially in your climate and with it being rather small and up off the ground that it could quickly become too warm for those goldfish.
 

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Hi all thanks for the comments. The container is actually a preformed plastic container. the hottest I have measured the water temp at during the summer is 76 degrees. The lilly and the hornwort shade most of the water surface. I have also been fortunate enough to have my golddfish spawn for the first time. I am now in the process of re - homing them. I love the stargrass, it is very hardy, and i have had very little problem maintaining it, which is a big deal for me:icon_lol:. Anyway, here are some updated pics of the pond.
 

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Thanks for all the comments
Got the container and all the plants for 100 bucks at local water garden
This is the first time I have tried anything outside, and it has been a great experience all the way. Container ponds rock!!!
 

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For anyone who's interested, Lowe's sells whiskey barrel repro's that would make a perfect container pond, IMO. They are about $30 if I remember. I don't know what volume of water they hold, but they are 19" diameter at the top. Made out of fiberglass, they are perfectly water-tight.
 

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At what temperatures have you kept fantail goldfish (do you leave them outside over winter ?) Mine seem to be having a little bit of trouble with the cold.
 

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Had a hard freeze. 1 inch of ice in houston!!! Anyway my golds appear to be handling it fine, and have not yet managed to kill of that indestructable hornwort.;)
 

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Summer is Finally Here

The heat is back in houston, and my dwarf lily is loving the light. I will post pics soon as the leaves are covering the surface, and 1 flower with 3 buds coming.:icon_smil
 

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May be the first time that i have had 2 blooms from one one plant on a dwarf lily.(couldnt get a picture in time:icon_frow)
 

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how often do you guys fertilize dwarf lily's? mine seems to have slowed down after the initial spurt of blooming. i know that they can produce one bloom a week when in good shape.
 
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