My little jungle pond….


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I have a small, 400 gallon pond made from a water storage tank in my garden here in the jungle in Tulum, Mexico. I took these photos at feeding time this afternoon. I have platys, tetras, gouramis, goldfish, loaches, corys, danios, barbs, angelfish, guppies, red tail sharks and a few baby turtles in there along with some elodea, hornwort, irises, hyacinth and papyrus plants. Here is an overview:




The male betta likes to go up onto this really shallow, stone ledge and bask in the sun:



He gets grouchy when I get too close with the phone to take his picture and disturb his slumber:




Just some fish pics:











 
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reminds me of my aquarium days with the types of fish you have.
 
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reminds me of my aquarium days with the types of fish you have.


The pond is really not large enough for koi but with the smaller tropical fish I can have more variety and color in the smaller space. I've got the basic tropical fish tank guys in there and they're doing well so far. Just have to keep my eye out for the black birds and the mot mot birds. I've already had a few bird losses of some of the surface dwelling fish.
 
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I like the way you have it set up the rocks and the plants make it look so natural


Thanks Sissy. The rocks are just beginning to get a patina of algae on them and the aquatic plants are starting to gain height and send out some new shoots. Compared to the natural lagoons and cenotes around here my pond still seems pretty barren, but I tried to mimic the environment here in its creation. The club moss and dichondra is really taking off around the rock edges of the center island. I'm going to root some more under the rocks around the edge of the liner to cover that transition.
 
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Really nice. Looks like you have some pregnant platys in there. I have so many in my pond I don't know what to do with them.


Yes! Platy and guppy babies are already crowding around the papyrus tops and hyacinth roots during the day. Lots more than I thought would be in there after only a few weeks. I know many of them will be eaten but still it's nice to see that the environment I've created is suitable for breeding. The different types of barbs and tetras I have are exhibiting breeding behavior too but with so many types of fish in only a 400 gallon enclosure I'm not sure how likely it will be for any of the egg layers to be able to raise fry. Maybe some of you with similar types of fish can prepare me for what's to come with so many babies swimming around already and so much spawning activity evident?
 
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Your Betta should help with some of the babies, but the platys just seem to bred like CRAZY! I have over a dozen pregnant in my pond, and I'm expecting at least a dozen to live from each of those births ...... so that's alotta fish! I wish I could open up my pond to some birds, but I can't with the koi and goldfish.
 
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Very nice! Warm enough to have a nice tropical fish pond. love it
 
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Your Betta should help with some of the babies, but the platys just seem to bred like CRAZY! I have over a dozen pregnant in my pond, and I'm expecting at least a dozen to live from each of those births ...... so that's alotta fish! I wish I could open up my pond to some birds, but I can't with the koi and goldfish.

I do see the pair of betas and the gouramis stalking the papyrus for fry to munch on. I guess the goldfish are big enough to eat some too. If I start having too many I guess I can give some back to the fish guy in town. His selection is pretty sparse so he'd probably appreciate it.
 
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Are those fantail goldfish in there as well? And some long tail comets?
Yep. One orange fantail, two red and white fantails, one orange long tailed comet, one white with a red cap long tailed comet, and one little black moor. His mate was eaten by a blackbird so he's all alone hiding in a papyrus top all day. The other goldfish are racist and won't let him poke around the bottom in their group. They bully him and chase him to the surface. He's also much smaller than most of the orange, red and white guys. Hanging out up top like that he'll probably be nabbed by the birds eventually as well so I may move him to the smaller pond with the guppies.
 
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Very nice! Warm enough to have a nice tropical fish pond. love it


It's usually warm Addy1, but it's chilly here this morning. Only 64F/18C! When your home is designed to stay cool in the heat and the warmest clothes you have are tshirts, shorts and flip flops a chilly morning like this can feel downright cold. I have socks on with my flip flops!
 
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I love your pond, it looks very natural even though you said it's not yet compared to the nature around you ;)

What sort of filter do you use? or just plants?
 
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I love your pond, it looks very natural even though you said it's not yet compared to the nature around you ;)

What sort of filter do you use? or just plants?


Only plants and water changes. I didn't plan on a pond pump and filter when I designed the solar set up for my house. I could do it, but I may not have as much backup power as I designed for during the darker, rainier times of year if I were to run a large water pump every day. I'm using an air pump with a few outlets at the bottom of the pond to provide circulation as that uses very little electricity. So far it's staying really clear and clean. I just have to pick the leaves and twigs out of it that fall from the trees. I'm building a water lift tube to attach to one of the airlines to create a trickle for a waterfall feature. It won't be much water flow but if I break up its path with some nicely arranged rocks I can get enough turbulence to at least hear that wonderful gurgling sound of water falling. I'm testing different tube diameters to see which one capture and lifts the most water.
 
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That's nice, I think the water fall will add nicely to the pond, if you dont make it too high, I think it'll make the water appear more (does that even make sense?)

Anyway, have you ever check your amonia level? I'm wondering if with just plants, will that be enough to absorb all the fish waste. Well i'm pretty much comparing it to my indoor tank but I should be comparing it to my pond (small too)!

I'm wondering how it would be without all the bio filter. I'm guessing that it should be fine for quite a while since my pond only have small waterfall filter and it was enough for a whole year with my fish load (should be similar to yours if counting the big fish = severl small fish) and I also had guppies in the pond in summer.

one of my friend have a lotus tub (probably about 1.5 feet in diameter) with most of the tub filled with clay and whatever else, leaving only about literally 2-3 INCHES of water and she has like 100 guppies in there, every inchs of that tub are covered with guppies, pack and they are totally fine, been like that for a few years and she had nothing else but the lotus and guppies (well, and clay) it's a wonder, really, how the guppies survive that and there are all ages in there, beautiful healthy looking ones too.

back to you, there is solar air pump out there. I bought one but since I dont have much sun it's kinda stupid to even own one so I retured it. but it worked great when there's sun. May be you should check it out, so it doesnt have to take anything away from your house :)


Just want to add that I love that purple plant!!
 

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