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Children Boogie
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Flower pots with plants around the tub should work, styrofoam too, bricks too.

I'd give it all shade. Shaded area will still get 200 or so PAR of light, good enough for aquatic plants without extra CO2. Full sun is 2000 PAR.

The fish will eat any mosquito larvae and most of the dragonfly larvae. I have a little goldfish pond and I still find some larvae in the plants and filter.
 

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Children Boogie
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You can build a wooden box frame around the tub. Fill the in between space with mulch or soil. With soil, you can plant plants. It'll look better too.
 

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Actually, some used the exact tub here

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ponds/63991-wingsdlc-container-pond-update-6-4-a.html

the OP doesn't have any insulation but they're not from Alabama either. You guys get up to the 100's in the summer for a long period of time so an insulation of some sort is needed.

Eh, let your dad build the frame. It's only a frame. Or you can do it like lincoln logs. No building involved, just assembly. You can get wood posts chopped up at Home Depot to whatever dimension.
 
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