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    I'm considering building a modest pond next to my garden. I'm thinking of using one of those half wheel barrels either lining or painting that rubber paint stuff.

    My question. I was thinking of dirting it and planting Anacharis, Najas Grass, Cabomba and maybe a floating lilly so I don't have to worry about buying a filter for it. I can also get a solar powered fountain for circulation that shoots water up. Stocking initially with RCS and letting the colony explode and some elders or mosquito fish.

    Question:

    1. What do you think of the stocking plan, I'm leaning towards mosquito fish though just in case I get mosquito larvae

    2. How do stop your ponds from overflowing when it rains?
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  • #2
    Any small fish will eat mosquito larvae and the adults if they stay on the surface too long.

    Keep the water level 2-3 lower than the lip of the container.

    I suggest going with the liner. Quicker and you don't have to worry about having missed a spot.

    I have been doing this type of thing for 30 years.
    The old that is strong, does not wither.

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    • #3
      Thanks Dino.

      It is actually 1/2 a wine barrel, not wheel. Sorry. I think I will put mosquito fish since I can get them for free from Vector control in my city.
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      • #4
        Sounds like you are off to a good start.
        Be aware, mosquito fish are bullies. They do not play well with other species.
        The old that is strong, does not wither.

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        • #5
          Sounds like a fun project!

          If you don't want to dirt the whole thing, you can always use pots because there is a little less mess.

          I've never had my pond overflow. I keep mine about 2 inches from the top of the liner.

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          • #6
            Good luck with the project! I prefer keeping flashy fish in ponds like guppies or endlers. Don't like mosquito fish lol. You could do Ricefish and allow them to multiply and then make some cash off them. They're really difficult to kill.
            -Jonathan

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            • #7
              I'm glad your thinking of trying this out NS

              I use pots for my plants to keep things easier to clean, I like your mosquito fish idea, vector control does the same up here.

              As far as overflowing, mine will in most heavy rains but generally I keep it about an inch or so low. I just put my first small fish in so I'm not sure how that will pan out down the road.
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              • #8
                Awesome, photos of the project please! Also what is vector control?
                When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the fire department usually use water.

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                • #9
                  Vector equals mosquito.

                  Mosquitos are the vector ( how something infects) for West Nile virus.
                  The old that is strong, does not wither.

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                  • #10
                    Ah okay thanks
                    When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the fire department usually use water.

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                    • #11
                      You are most welcome!
                      The old that is strong, does not wither.

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                      • #12
                        Went to home depot on my break and was looking for a 1/2 wine barrel and the ones they have are tiny. I did see a large terra cotta pot that might work.
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                        • #13
                          I think I found my container

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                          • #14
                            Those look awesome! Are you just getting one? It would be SUPER cool if you made a tower, four on the bottom and one on top, and set up a pump such that the water flowed out through the top one and into the bottom ones.

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                            • #15
                              Those look good to me.
                              The old that is strong, does not wither.

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