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Old 05-04-2014, 12:29 PM   #1
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Fresh2o's "Pond"

Underneath this foliage is a pond.



Here it is after clearing out foliage. "Pond" is a generous term. More like a water feature. 50 gallons plus a 10 gallon spillway. 500 gph pump and external down flow filter:


In the summer water lettuce would grow and suffocate the pond. Here is about a weeks worth of growth:

I had goldfish in here once but a raccoon had big meal one night. The last few years I kept some rosy red minnows and mosquito fish. They did fine the first winter. However, this last one was brutal: I have a surface heater (not pictured) but it would barely keep up.

Fast forward to now: I see one female mosquito fish in there. Will be adding more. Since the weather has warmed up I have been placing extra plants in there: AR, AR mini, broadleaf chain sword, dwarf sag, Bacopa caroliniana, and Staurogynes repens. It will be interesting to see how they do. The ones near the surface are showing signs of bleaching from direct sunlight. Some plants have been weighted down.



Last year I put some dwarf sag in a clay pot with soil and gravel. It grew and multiplied into a carpet:

It even sent up a flower:

Thanks for reading! Will post updates.
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Cool David! I will be following. I'm especially interested in how the AR mini does outside. Good luck. OS.
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Update on the pond. The spider wort surrounding the pond is taking over. I plan to trim in back when the blooms cease.
The AR and AR mini aren't really growing but aren't dying either; maybe I will give it more time. Same goes for the star repens. The broadleaf chain sword is taking on a new form: shorter, wider leaves. Probably a response to the intense direct sun it gets. The lily and lotus leaves will take over in the next month or so. Will be interesting to see how the plants adjust to that.

Still thinking about putting guppies in there. But there is one large female mosquito fish from previous seasons. Not sure how the guppies will fare with her in there. Might just go get more mosquito fish from the local nursery.
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Dwarf sag sending up more flowers and a pair of different shaped leaves. Instead of the typical strap like leaves, these have a narrow stem terminating in an elongated oval or lancet shape leaf. Perhaps this is the emerged form
The Lilly and lotus leaves are starting to fill in. Stopped by the nursery this past weekend looking for mosquito fish and they said to check back in a few days.
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Awesome David! Gardening and fish keeping all in one. Pretty cool. I'm enjoying your pond. Keep updating. OS.
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Thanks. I enjoy both!
Funny thing about gardening...indoors I fretted over an $80 regulator or light fixture for months but seem to have no problem dropping that much or a lot more at a nursery buying plants, soil, etc in a weekend. Not so much with keeping up with the Jones' but I want to have a nice looking yard. Lots of colors and varieties. It's where I spend my time when not working. Plus, people see it. No one sees my tanks/pond except you guys.
I am excited to see what happens with the dwarf sag. As for the other plants, I need to keep in mind that they were in cushy 80 degree tank with ferts. Now they have much stronger lighting with fluctuating temps, questionable ferts and no injected CO2.
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No need to get more mosquito fish! I took a peek at the pond this afternoon and saw a batch of babies at the surface. I might pick up more just to infuse the gene pool. Now I can try out the variety of foods I got from mudraker; I am certain they will love it.
No pics yet (I always get nervous about dropping my phone in the pond).
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You need a new Samsung s5! 16 mp cam and it's waterproof ha ha

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That certainly would be nice.
Less than an hour after my last post I have filled two carts with plants from the nursery. I will be doing some digging tomorrow. I don't have MTS but I make up for it in other ways.
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Yes. Diversion from MTS. lol

Oh yeah! Now we're talking! Our beds are at their spring peak right now. In fact Donna is shopping for some more perennials as we speak. Here's our latest project. Shrubs in, now putting in bed plants. Helps satisfy my multiple tank syndrome also. Back on topic. Do you have any of the little Ammania bonsai in the pond? Would be interesting to see how it grows & shapes outside. OS.
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