Zubair's Little Pond

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    Ok so getting this started and I'm sure I will make a million mistakes along the way so don't be too harsh (I'm the First to say I'm a noob) .

    I have this little pond, dimensions
    2.2m Long, 1.2m Wide but only about 60cm deep (about because in some spots it is a little less or more)
    Filtration currently is a DIY situation I made(to the left as well as another bio filter hidden beneath some rock work)IMG_20200614_160251.jpg
    The idea is to do an outdoor planted situation with Hardy plants and some rock work in parts with pebbles (medium and small in size) & eventually some livestock but only once the plants get a head start.

    I have a picture in my mind with parts being very densely planted and then some open spaces etc

    Will use a combination of Langa (ty @RBM AQUATICS , Potting soil & pool filter sand to cap)

    So first things first I am looking for some plant suggestions but if u want to throw in some livestock ideas also go for it (also if u know where to find these things it would help)

    If you have read this far... Thank you
     
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    Looks like a really fun project. I'd love a pond too but if I dug a hole out back my parents would probably throw me in it and close it up :lol:
    Very keen to follow how this goes. :thumbup:
    I'd offer advice but I'm not so good with plants. but for live stock maybe goldfish? Or minnows like @A new day did with her pond?
     
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    That’s a really nice size and exciting project :thumbup:
    Because your pond is a lot bigger than mine, you have options for bigger plants as part of the mix that won’t work on my small scale.

    The depth is actually very good also. The 2 most important things to research are
    a) final plant size, as this will inform the position you plant them in eg tall at the back
    b) how deep to plant them ie can the pot be fully submerged, or should the soil level be above water etc.

    I’ve attached a couple of good indigenous options that are generally available at plant nurseries in CT, the val you can buy quite cheaply At kirstenbosch but think 60cm might be too deep and dark for them? The Berula erecta is a winner. Gunnera (water pumkin) also good. Waterblommetjie also but it’s dormant in summer. I’d probably choose a water lily.

    Then also lots of floating plants as discussed previously.

    I can also recommend Rachel O’Leary’s summer tubbing series on YouTube for a lot of expert advice.

    Creeping Jenny you can buy cheaply in 6 packs at any nursery and they’d be great to trail over the edges in front. The soil surface should be slightly above water level but the stems can trail into the water and over the edge.

    The white clouds are great. @Trompie 04 also keeps mosquito fish and buenos aires tetra year round, just check compatibility with our climate and...don’t the buenos tetras eat plants?
    I also have cherry shrimp in there that are doing well but will see how they overwinter. And ramshorns.

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    PS Zubair’s “little” pond didn’t you say it’s 1,000L? :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    Says the young woman who has won a Tank of the Month comp with one of her planted tanks. @T. Guppy no one buys that anymore :lol:
     
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    Hahaha growing a plant and knowing it's name isn't the same :lol: plus I've had all of you guys here to help me with it :D
     
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    Looks really good so far.
    Will be following to see how it develops.
     
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    Hahaha, I'm sure they will forgive you , I don't know why I just don't like Gold fish , like the Minnows idea
     
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    Thank you!!! Obviously you went over and above hehe, appreciate it, definitely going for some of the options of plants.
    I read up on the Buenos Aires Tetras and looks like they do damage plants, also wondering whether they'd be too big for a community of minnows.
     
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    Hahaha yeah that's little :)
     
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    As you know mine is like 150L. That’s little :lol:
     
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    Question, are the Cherry's breeding?
    I'm not opposed to keep heating the pond a little but definitely not going up to cichlid temps again
     
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    I don’t know. I had only one in there for a long time, then added a couple more about 2 or 3 weeks ago. Will have to see how they overwinter. Sure they’ll breed in summer. But the adult white clouds will pick off some shrimplets, no doubt.
     
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    OKi doki, thank you, will keep updating as I progress hehe
     
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    Great, looking forward! Have fun!
     
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    Yep we all lean heavily on the community :thumbup:
     
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    Look up Myanmar fish. They can do about 17 degrees in winter. Sometimes they are available, you just need to know what you are looking for.
     
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    When I search it doesn't come up with any specifics, rather seafood suggestions , is there a specific type you have in mind?
     
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    Thank you Brenton, I am going through the list as I type, picked up on a particular one and thought ... I know a guy ;)

    "Galaxy rasbora" :lol:

    *edited my poor english and spelling.
     
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