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Neon tetras dropping like flies

Post by netDenize » Mon, 03 Apr 2006 03:33:06



Quote:




>>> Cheapest way:  Buy a $9.99 kiddy pool at WW and a cheap black
>>> dropcloth to
>>> use as a liner.  Keep liner in place with a fee rocks - instant pond for
>>> under $15.00.  ;-)  It's also too shallow for a 6 yr old to drown in.

>> What's the black dropcloth please? Fabric, plastic, where purchased...

> ========================
> A black plastic dropcloth (also comes clear) is used to cover furniture
> when one paints the ceiling or walls in a room.  They can be found for
> under $5 in most Wal*Mart type stores including Home Depot's and Lowe's
> (more expensive there).  They are non-toxic and last for up to 5 years.

Thanks for that!

Here in northern Ontario the snow is still melting, but I'd like to try
a kiddy-pool pond this summer. Would you recommend placing it in the
shade to keep it cool, or in the sun for plant growth? I'd like to put
some of my water lettuce and other plants in it, maybe some hornwort -
might they be ok?

As to fish, which fish would you recommend I put in the kiddy-pond: my
zebra danios, platies or goldfish? The goldfish are pretty big, and I'm
worried they'll become cat or racoon snacks.

Deliberately cross-posted to rec.ponds.

 
 
 

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Post by Nikk » Mon, 03 Apr 2006 04:38:53



Quote:




>>>> Cheapest way:  Buy a $9.99 kiddy pool at WW and a cheap black dropcloth
>>>> to
>>>> use as a liner.  Keep liner in place with a fee rocks - instant pond
>>>> for
>>>> under $15.00.  ;-)  It's also too shallow for a 6 yr old to drown in.

>>> What's the black dropcloth please? Fabric, plastic, where purchased...

>> ========================
>> A black plastic dropcloth (also comes clear) is used to cover furniture
>> when one paints the ceiling or walls in a room.  They can be found for
>> under $5 in most Wal*Mart type stores including Home Depot's and Lowe's
>> (more expensive there).  They are non-toxic and last for up to 5 years.

> Thanks for that!

> Here in northern Ontario the snow is still melting, but I'd like to try a
> kiddy-pool pond this summer. Would you recommend placing it in the shade
> to keep it cool, or in the sun for plant growth? I'd like to put some of
> my water lettuce and other plants in it, maybe some hornwort - might they
> be ok?

> As to fish, which fish would you recommend I put in the kiddy-pond: my
> zebra danios, platies or goldfish? The goldfish are pretty big, and I'm
> worried they'll become cat or racoon snacks.

> Deliberately cross-posted to rec.ponds.

how about a filter, a reg pond filter
Nikki
 
 
 

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Post by Gill Passma » Mon, 03 Apr 2006 04:42:29


Quote:







>>>>>Cheapest way:  Buy a $9.99 kiddy pool at WW and a cheap black dropcloth
>>>>>to
>>>>>use as a liner.  Keep liner in place with a fee rocks - instant pond
>>>>>for
>>>>>under $15.00.  ;-)  It's also too shallow for a 6 yr old to drown in.

>>>>What's the black dropcloth please? Fabric, plastic, where purchased...

>>>========================
>>>A black plastic dropcloth (also comes clear) is used to cover furniture
>>>when one paints the ceiling or walls in a room.  They can be found for
>>>under $5 in most Wal*Mart type stores including Home Depot's and Lowe's
>>>(more expensive there).  They are non-toxic and last for up to 5 years.

>>Thanks for that!

>>Here in northern Ontario the snow is still melting, but I'd like to try a
>>kiddy-pool pond this summer. Would you recommend placing it in the shade
>>to keep it cool, or in the sun for plant growth? I'd like to put some of
>>my water lettuce and other plants in it, maybe some hornwort - might they
>>be ok?

>>As to fish, which fish would you recommend I put in the kiddy-pond: my
>>zebra danios, platies or goldfish? The goldfish are pretty big, and I'm
>>worried they'll become cat or racoon snacks.

>>Deliberately cross-posted to rec.ponds.

> how about a filter, a reg pond filter
> Nikki

Just a suggestion, but as this is now about ponds and cross-posted to
rec.ponds - how about changing the subject? A discussion on Neon Tetras
might put the ponders off....

Gill

BTW remaining 5 still doing well :-)

 
 
 

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Post by netDenize » Mon, 03 Apr 2006 05:08:43


Re-posted with proper heading per Gill's comment. Do you have
suggestions re kiddy-pool ponds? Thanks.

Quote:
>>> Here in northern Ontario the snow is still melting, but I'd like to
>>> try a kiddy-pool pond this summer. Would you recommend placing it in
>>> the shade to keep it cool, or in the sun for plant growth? I'd like
>>> to put some of my water lettuce and other plants in it, maybe some
>>> hornwort - might they be ok?

>>> As to fish, which fish would you recommend I put in the kiddy-pond:
>>> my zebra danios, platies or goldfish? The goldfish are pretty big,
>>> and I'm worried they'll become cat or racoon snacks.

 
 
 

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Post by Koi-L » Mon, 03 Apr 2006 06:25:45



Quote:




>> A black plastic dropcloth (also comes clear) is used to cover furniture
>> when one paints the ceiling or walls in a room.  They can be found for
>> under $5 in most Wal*Mart type stores including Home Depot's and Lowe's
>> (more expensive there).  They are non-toxic and last for up to 5 years.

> Thanks for that!

> Here in northern Ontario the snow is still melting, but I'd like to try a
> kiddy-pool pond this summer. Would you recommend placing it in the shade
> to keep it cool, or in the sun for plant growth?

I started in 1995 with a $10 kiddy pool.  Mine was in the sun, dug into the
ground and had some pond plants to shade the water a bit.  I also had
hornwart and elodia in this 1st pond.  The goldfish thrived!!!!  See my
webiste for what these pools look like when in the earth.

I'd like to put

Quote:
> some of my water lettuce and other plants in it, maybe some hornwort -
> might they be ok?

YES!!!  Most definitely.  A mini water lily would also look good and bloom.

Quote:
> As to fish, which fish would you recommend I put in the kiddy-pond: my
> zebra danios, platies or goldfish?

Forget tropical fish and stick with goldfish.  Koi get to large for these
small 150g pools.

The goldfish are pretty big, and I'm

Quote:
> worried they'll become cat or racoon snacks.

That can happen unless you net it.  Snakes, snapper turtles, bullfrogs,
herons and king fishers also eat pond fish.  All but one of my ponds and
pools are netted.

Quote:
> Deliberately cross-posted to rec.ponds.

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Aquariums since 1952
My Pond & Aquarium Pages:
http://tinyurl.com/9do58
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Post by Koi-L » Mon, 03 Apr 2006 06:27:51



Quote:







>>>>> Cheapest way:  Buy a $9.99 kiddy pool at WW and a cheap black
>>>>> dropcloth to
>>>>> use as a liner.  Keep liner in place with a fee rocks - instant pond
>>>>> for
>>>>> under $15.00.  ;-)  It's also too shallow for a 6 yr old to drown in.

>>>> What's the black dropcloth please? Fabric, plastic, where purchased...

>>> ========================
>>> A black plastic dropcloth (also comes clear) is used to cover furniture
>>> when one paints the ceiling or walls in a room.  They can be found for
>>> under $5 in most Wal*Mart type stores including Home Depot's and Lowe's
>>> (more expensive there).  They are non-toxic and last for up to 5 years.

>> Thanks for that!

>> Here in northern Ontario the snow is still melting, but I'd like to try a
>> kiddy-pool pond this summer. Would you recommend placing it in the shade
>> to keep it cool, or in the sun for plant growth? I'd like to put some of
>> my water lettuce and other plants in it, maybe some hornwort - might they
>> be ok?

>> As to fish, which fish would you recommend I put in the kiddy-pond: my
>> zebra danios, platies or goldfish? The goldfish are pretty big, and I'm
>> worried they'll become cat or racoon snacks.

>> Deliberately cross-posted to rec.ponds.

> how about a filter, a reg pond filter
> Nikki

==========================
I use a homemade filter using a 250gph pump, a pond-plant basket and window
screen.  I do several major water changes over the summer.
--
Koi-Lo.... frugal ponding since 1995...
Aquariums since 1952
My Pond & Aquarium Pages:
http://tinyurl.com/9do58
~~~  }<((((o>  ~~~   }<{{{{o>   ~~~   }<(((((o>
 
 
 

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Post by Koi-L » Mon, 03 Apr 2006 06:30:49



Quote:
> Just a suggestion, but as this is now about ponds and cross-posted to
> rec.ponds - how about changing the subject? A discussion on Neon Tetras
> might put the ponders off....

> Gill

> BTW remaining 5 still doing well :-)

======================
Gill I am so glad to hear this.  They may have natural immunity and these
will thrive.  BTW, I don't recommend anyone put neon's in a pond.  ;-)

However since you have that atrium-like room........
--
Koi-Lo.... frugal ponding since 1995...
Aquariums since 1952
My Pond & Aquarium Pages:
http://tinyurl.com/9do58
~~~  }<((((o>  ~~~   }<{{{{o>   ~~~   }<(((((o>

 
 
 

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Post by Gareee » Mon, 03 Apr 2006 06:39:23



Quote:

> Re-posted with proper heading per Gill's comment. Do you have suggestions
> re kiddy-pool ponds? Thanks.

>>>> Here in northern Ontario the snow is still melting, but I'd like to try
>>>> a kiddy-pool pond this summer. Would you recommend placing it in the
>>>> shade to keep it cool, or in the sun for plant growth? I'd like to put
>>>> some of my water lettuce and other plants in it, maybe some hornwort -
>>>> might they be ok?

I'd put it in partial shade to shade to keep algea growth down. Also, if yo
ucheck your local wal-mart, look for Krylon Fusion.. if you dig a shallow
hole for your "pondlet" and paint it black with th eKrylon fusion, it'l look
great (I have one like that already.)

Quote:
>>>> As to fish, which fish would you recommend I put in the kiddy-pond: my
>>>> zebra danios, platies or goldfish? The goldfish are pretty big, and I'm
>>>> worried they'll become cat or racoon snacks.

Again, you can get 26 cent goldfish at wlamart, and they'll do quite well.

If you want to make your pond look cool at night, you can get some of the
rope lights ***WITH NO HOLES!!!!!***, leave both ends OUT of the pond, but
loop the rest around the bottom edge of the pool. At night, your whole pool
will have a glow to it! (I prefer the blue rope light, to give the pond a
bluish glow.)

--
Gareee?
(Gary Tabar Jr.)

 
 
 

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Post by Lar » Mon, 03 Apr 2006 09:29:24



says...
:)  As to fish, which fish would you recommend I put in the kiddy-pond: my
:)  zebra danios, platies or goldfish? The goldfish are pretty big, and I'm
:)  worried they'll become cat or racoon snacks.
:)  
:)  
the danios and platies would need to be removed when the water drops
into the 50's...long finned dannios look cool schooling about in the
light at night, as well did the bettas... there is a small fish called a
White Cloud Minnow, that looks a lot like a *** fin tetra, but it was
able to stay out in the pond all winter with the gold fish, though our
Dallas winter only gave us maybe 7-10 days where ice formed on the
pond...bit different than Ontario
 
 
 

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Post by Eric » Mon, 03 Apr 2006 16:57:15


On Sat, 1 Apr 2006 18:29:24 -0600, Lar wrote

Quote:
> the danios and platies would need to be removed when the water drops
> into the 50's...long finned dannios look cool schooling about in the
> light at night, as well did the bettas... there is a small fish called a
> White Cloud Minnow, that looks a lot like a *** fin tetra, but it was
> able to stay out in the pond all winter with the gold fish, though our
> Dallas winter only gave us maybe 7-10 days where ice formed on the
> pond...bit different than Ontario

White clouds rule! however, they are illegal in some states because of their
cold tolerance. I don't think they need to be illegal in any area that has
Gambusia. Those little mosquito fish would beat the hell out of any batch of
white clouds that tried to go feral.

-E

 
 
 

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Post by netDenize » Mon, 03 Apr 2006 21:17:25


... there is a small fish called a

Quote:
> White Cloud Minnow, that looks a lot like a *** fin tetra, but it was
> able to stay out in the pond all winter with the gold fish, though our
> Dallas winter only gave us maybe 7-10 days where ice formed on the
> pond...bit different than Ontario

Thanks, I'd forgotten about the white clouds. There's a dozen 3 year old
ones in the community tank, so that's an option. I wonder whether they
might breed at their age?
 
 
 

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Post by Altu » Tue, 04 Apr 2006 16:33:17


Quote:

> As to fish, which fish would you recommend I put in the kiddy-pond: my
> zebra danios, platies or goldfish? The goldfish are pretty big, and I'm
> worried they'll become cat or racoon snacks.

> Deliberately cross-posted to rec.ponds.

Zebra danios are hard to see from above, especially against a black
background.  Brightly colored platies are nice, as are mollies.  Another
fish that stays small and does well in ponds are rosy red minnows.  I
also keep gold white clouds in my whiskey barrels.  I've lost larger
goldfish and 4" koi to raccoons so I can't recommend them without
fencing, netting, or some way to keep the 'coons out.

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