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sharuq1
06-16-2009, 09:24 PM
Just a few pics of my little half barrel pond. I used a 20g muck bucket for the liner because the barrel leaks. I have a heater set at 67 in there and a small little internal filter. The pond is stocked with a kuhli loach, horseface loach, 12 or so white clouds and an unknown fish the kids pulled out of a pond in town. I threw a couple cherry shrimp in there, but it's likely the loaches ate them :razz: The water lily with the larger leaves is from Canadian Tire (the one that is blooming) along with the duckweed. The smaller lily is from Wal Mart (one of those dry packaged ones). The pond contains 2 small pieces of driftwood and has multicolored gravel on the bottom :redface::lol:

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Scavenger
06-16-2009, 09:39 PM
beautiful! Great imagination and vision that you've had.

Leah
06-16-2009, 09:51 PM
Oh so cool, what a great idea, do you have any thing for water movement?

sharuq1
06-16-2009, 09:56 PM
Thanks :) :redface: There's a tiny little filter hanging right up near the top for water movement. It has a little piece of sponge, filter floss and a tiny amount of carbon inside. It gums up pretty fast, but it provides enough movement to keep the surface well oxygenated and clear of algae. It's tempting to throw some glass shrimp in there. If they weren't eaten maybe they'd breed.

Scavenger
06-16-2009, 10:58 PM
Damn you!!! Now you got me staring at a bunch of empty salt buckets wondering what I can do with them!!! :) :)

noirsphynx
06-16-2009, 11:01 PM
Hey, I have a half barrel that's been sitting outside empty for years. I think I might just copy you :biggrin:

Lance
06-16-2009, 11:09 PM
Very Nice! Good Idea.
I've got an empty half barrel in the garden shed. I might put in on my deck, fill it with cold beer and dive in. It won't look as nice as yours, but after a couple of dips I won't care.

christyf5
06-16-2009, 11:23 PM
Heck I don't have a barrel but I have one of those muck buckets. Hmmm, how to keep the dog from drinking from it.....:razz:

Delphinus
06-16-2009, 11:23 PM
That's awesome. I've never been able to get a lily to flower in my half-barrel I setup every year. This year I just gave up from the get-go and just put some water lettuce and some other floaters in it. .... Its OK, but... your half-barrel looks better than mine. :lol:

workn2hard2day
06-16-2009, 11:26 PM
:lol::lol:

Very Nice! Good Idea. I've got an empty half barrel in the garden shed. I might put in on my deck, fill it with cold beer and dive in. It won't look as nice as yours, but after a couple of dips I won't care.

ElGuappo
06-17-2009, 05:33 AM
Very Nice! Good Idea.
I've got an empty half barrel in the garden shed. I might put in on my deck, fill it with cold beer and dive in. It won't look as nice as yours, but after a couple of dips I won't care.

Awesome.