I am a visitor from the *.aquaria newsgroups. I've been reading this group
for awhile, but this is my first posting.
I have 5 indoor aquariums, ranging in size from 55 to 10 US gallons.
I recently read an article in Freshwater and Marine Aquarium magazine about
ponds on a budget, made from hard plastic childrens' wading pools. So I set
one up in a shaded corner of my balcony, added floating plants (water sprite
- ceratopteris pteridoides) and small pots of plants anchored with stones
(with a bit of peat under the stones) of something that looks like
echinodorus osiris, except that it has flatter leaves, and one of those
plants that looks like cryptocoryne balansae (except it grows from a bulb,
and I don't know if crypt. balansae does that).
Anyway, my problem is, I moved the pond so that it would get a bit of sun,
and we had a severe thunderstorm here last night, and the gutters overflowed
into the pond. I had put the plants in 2 weeks before I put in 6 zebra
danios (which I planned to let remain there for 4 weeks, and then put in a
flock of baby pineapple swordtails), but the thunderstorm overflowed the
pond, and washed away all of the danios.
So, I have moved the pond back to where it was, where an area approximately
6" to 5" square gets direct sunlight for part of the day (a lot of trees
around my balcony).
The guy who wrote the article for FAMA did not mention fish overflowing, or
what to do during thunderstorms that lower the water temp to 68F. <sigh>
What I would like, I think, are any suggestions for plants that will grow in
a fairly well shaded area, at water temp of 80 (it's stayed there when
ambient temp was in the mid 90's). I will also need to add a small amount of
salt for the swordtails.
I really, really want to do this, as fish that have summered outside have
great colors and procreate madly (from what I have read.)
I would welcome any tips from anyone on this. I don't have a filter on this
pond, but have been doing water changes with a syphon and treated tap water.
After the storm, the ammonia was 0 (suprise), pH was 7.2 (tap water around
here is usually 7.4)
Sorry for the length of the post, but I need more information than I thought
I did for this project, and I don't want to lose my precious swordtails when
I move them to the mini pond.
Thank you for any sort of comments you might have about my setup,
suggestions for improvement, etc (bearing in mind that I live in an apt. on
the 2nd floor in Central Texas.)
Rebecca Allbritton The only difference between us and the animals