Overwintering 125 gal. 18 " Deep in zone 5b


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Should have said that as long as you are keeping those cycled filters in the right conditions, the bacteria in them will be fine. They need aerated water, temperatures above freezing, and food (ammonia).
 
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Do you have large temperature shifts inside your home? If not, the water will be fine.

Since you have cycled.filters, there is no reason the tanks would go through a cycle. That's already done.

I don't see a problem with bringing them inside. It would be nice if you could put them all in something larger, even a water trough.

Tractor Supply sells many different sizes. I've used the 100 and 150 gallon ones for years. If you have room, one of those would be ideal in my opinion. One of those would probably fit in your bathtub.
There's only two of them. They're 4-5" inches they would each have 20 gallons to themselves. The only available space I have is the guest bathtub. I feel urgency to move them soon. The water is down to 47.5 F this morning. I will look for something at tractor supply that is bigger but it would need to fit in the bathtub which might make it tricky to find. I've found 40 gallons online but I am not sure if the plastic would be safe. The 20 gallons i have now are food safe so I know their good to use but that info isn't included often. Is there some other descriptor I can look for like PTF free? Do you think they'd be ok in the 20 gallons for now till I find some? I feel like I need to move them now if i am gonna because of them stress of warming them up slowly
 
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Should have said that as long as you are keeping those cycled filters in the right conditions, the bacteria in them will be fine. They need aerated water, temperatures above freezing, and food (ammonia).
I keep the filter running in the 20 gallon tank i use to cultivate live food for my goldies. I haven't checked the water parameters in a while but as of a couple months ago they were great. I am currently dosing the tank with general cure to try and ensure the population of pond snails and duck weed I am growing are as parasite free for my fish as possible. However the manufacturer claims the product doesn't hurt beneficial bacteria. I will test the parameters of the tank if I attempt to set up the fish for transfer.
 
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I weanied out. The result..i spent a lot more money and relocated Sanke and Sky to the heated garage for the winter. Glad I did, they looked horrible! They were all zombie like and so pale. I felt so guilty the moment I saw them but they're looking more themselves everyday. I really have doubts they would have made it in my little shallow pond.

Here they are in their bare tank at the moment. It's 110 gallons, I'm running two double sponge filters with bio media, one giant single sponge filter and a double bubbler. Hoping it's is enough filtration. The two sponges with bio media were fully cycled and stolen from my culture tank. Really wanted lots of filtration since I don't have all the beneficial bacteria from the pond and plants to help balance the water chemistry.

Tank won't be bare for long. I have some plants coming and I came up with this idea of using stackable flower pots as a really fun high-rise planted fish cave. Anyone have advice on fish safe adhesive for polypropylene? So far aquarium epoxy looks like my best bet .
 

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I weanied out. The result..i spent a lot more money and relocated Sanke and Sky to the heated garage for the winter. Glad I did, they looked horrible! They were all zombie like and so pale. I felt so guilty the moment I saw them but they're looking more themselves everyday. I really have doubts they would have made it in my little shallow pond.

Here they are in their bare tank at the moment. It's 110 gallons, I'm running two double sponge filters with bio media, one giant single sponge filter and a double bubbler. Hoping it's is enough filtration. The two sponges with bio media were fully cycled and stolen from my culture tank. Really wanted lots of filtration since I don't have all the beneficial bacteria from the pond and plants to help balance the water chemistry.

Tank won't be bare for long. I have some plants coming and I came up with this idea of using stackable flower pots as a really fun high-rise planted fish cave. Anyone have advice on fish safe adhesive for polypropylene? So far aquarium epoxy looks like my best bet .
remember; your plants are going to need light to survive.

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I am on it!
get the lights as close as you can without any splash/spray hitting them (and be careful around water and electricity!) simply because the useable lumens are closer than you think. If you know the type bulb (and size), you can look that stat up. For my plants, I keep them 4" or so above, with having to segregate the small ones altogether and the large ones in a row behind.

Looking good, though!

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get the lights as close as you can without any splash/spray hitting them (and be careful around water and electricity!) simply because the useable lumens are closer than you think. If you know the type bulb (and size), you can look that stat up. For my plants, I keep them 4" or so above, with having to segregate the small ones altogether and the large ones in a row behind.

Looking good, though!

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Lol the triple head light in the attached picture in the last post. Does that look good enough? Its full spectrum LED
 
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Lol the triple head light in the attached picture in the last post. Does that look good enough? Its full spectrum LED
on first blush, seems they could go lower, but your plants will tell you; if yellowing, good sign there's not enough light intensity! Too, depends on the species. I overwinter water lettuce and they don't need that much light. The water hyacinths do but they never do that well no matter how good I have the lighting! Got a whole aquarium right now of 'dying' water hyacinths! Am hoping at least a couple survive but I'd not put any money on it. Good thing they're cheap!


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