many different things need to be taken into consideration here before you settle on something.
What is your idea?
how big of a pond?
do you mean half indoor, like in a greenhouse? then the rest outside? it would work depending on where you live.
Ill try to find some pics. to prevent critters you could use netting on the outdoor half portion, fine netting like wildlife netting.
Nice pond picture Jordan, also I must say I like those stairs lol!
Machuck, would you put fish in it? if you do then I wouldn't worry about the mosquitos. They will most likely eat the larvae as a type of candy. If you made the indoor portion, on say a raise. Like 3 or 4 feet off the ground (whatever you like, just an example) and had that running into a waterfall where it would divide inside to outside, then snakes im sure wouldn't be able to climb up it with a stronger current, frogs wouldn't either I'd imagine. Then have it fall into the outside pond which would be in the ground, have a pump return that water to the inside portion.
Easy fix, and makes for a nice window. Could work with my idea, just lower the glass from (wherever) into the top portion of the waterfall, about 2" behind it and as you said 4" below it or so to be safe. This would also further prevent anything from getting in or out.This idea, though novel, would present some design problems to really be effective. The indoor and outdoor sections must be sealed against any air transfer for obvious reason. This was accomplished in the pond that I worked on by extending the window glass that separates the two (2) sections about 3 inches below the surface of the water. This way there is no heat or A/C loss.
A bad idea, imo, unless you're looking for a make work project.
By separating the indoor and outdoor space, you are setting up the indoor space for domination by pest species.
I'm not just referring to the water barrier area, Pests such as aphids and white flies will be transported to the indoor space by hitching a ride on people walking in from the outside area.
Dealing with indoor humidity issues for the building is a separate topic.
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