Hello, here is a simple easy way to add a water feature to your yard. It's easy, my sons did it by themselves. At the end of summer they decided to make their wading pool into a pond. This can also be done with any small pool, water proof container, anything that holds water. They filled their old pool with water, got some water and bog plants from a friend.
After the water had equalized a few days we added fish. We used goldfish feeders, they don't need a pump for air. Actually the fish can live off the plant roots which also supply extra air to the water and keep the water clear. It becomes a bio-environment.
What a wonderful idea. I was wondering what happens in winter with the all the little critters that are added to the 'pond'?
As an added bonus the frogs will eat garden pests saving on the sprays and poisons you could use! On the point of pond 'critters in winter' - as long as the pond doesn't freeze over they will be fine. Fish are 'cold blooded' so just slow down a bit and frogs will hibernate under rocks, etc. The main problem would be very hot summers when a shallow pond could heat up, 'cooking' the fish. It must be deep enough for the fish to go to lower, cooler depths and not in continuous full sun if you have high temperatures.
That is a wonderful idea. But actually the fish do not live off the roots of the plants. Most fish are carnivorous, at least partially. Please, feed your fish. I get very upset when I see Betta sold with a plant on top. People are told they do not have to feed them. Well, they are true carnivors. And they should also use a larger area of water. Be kind and always, if you are going to have a pet, even a little dime store feeder fish, feed them and clean them
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