Will I have to have a pump in the tank?

Discussion in 'Newbies to Garden Ponds' started by TXbrenda, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. TXbrenda

    TXbrenda

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2018
    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    33
    Location:
    Crosby, TX
    I plan to have plants and some small fish. I don't know how many gal. the stock tank holds. It is the one that is about the size of a bath tub
     
    TXbrenda, Jul 10, 2018
    #1
    bagsmom likes this.
    1. Advertisements

  2. TXbrenda

    Stephen Noble

    Joined:
    May 21, 2018
    Messages:
    231
    Likes Received:
    198
    You should have a filter. Is this a black Rubbermaid stock tank? The gallons and liters are annotated on the side if so. If not, what is the tank’s construction (metal or plastic)? Will the tank be sunk into the ground or above ground? Indoors or outdoors? Once we get some more information, we can help you spend some money! :)
    Stephen
     
    Stephen Noble, Jul 10, 2018
    #2
    Tara, TXbrenda and bagsmom like this.
    1. Advertisements

  3. TXbrenda

    TXbrenda

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2018
    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    33
    Location:
    Crosby, TX
    It is a heavy duty plastic. It is used to water horses. Ir is outside. I put it on blocks to keep the dogs from drinking from it.I have two potted plants and some floating ones as well. It is fill with water from my well. I put two small goldfish in it a few days ago. The water looks clear so far and it has been set up for two weeks.

    Thank you
     
    TXbrenda, Jul 10, 2018
    #3
    bagsmom likes this.
  4. TXbrenda

    Lisak1

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2013
    Messages:
    6,539
    Likes Received:
    7,335
    Location:
    Northern IL
    Is this a second tank? And no - you don't HAVE to have a pump but in a container of water this small, it would make sense. I've seen goldfish ponds with no water circulating that were perfectly clear and functioning well, but those were several thousand gallons. Smaller water gardens are a bit harder to keep things in balance. A small filter and some aeration will go a long way to keeping your water quality high.
     
    Lisak1, Jul 10, 2018
    #4
    Tara and bagsmom like this.
  5. TXbrenda

    TXbrenda

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2018
    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    33
    Location:
    Crosby, TX
    Yes it is a diffrent one that i set up before i found this site. Hust added fish a few days ago.
     
    TXbrenda, Jul 10, 2018
    #5
    bagsmom likes this.
  6. TXbrenda

    Lisak1

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2013
    Messages:
    6,539
    Likes Received:
    7,335
    Location:
    Northern IL
    Cool! You're going to have a garden of ponds!
     
    Lisak1, Jul 10, 2018
    #6
    TXbrenda and bagsmom like this.
  7. TXbrenda

    Mmathis TurtleMommy

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2011
    Messages:
    9,572
    Likes Received:
    5,411
    Location:
    NW Louisiana -- zone 8b
    I thought yours was a rusted out galvanized tub.....
     
    Mmathis, Jul 10, 2018
    #7
    bagsmom likes this.
  8. TXbrenda

    TXbrenda

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2018
    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    33
    Location:
    Crosby, TX
    I hope to.Everything has been so ugly after the flooding its nice to see beautiful
     
    TXbrenda, Jul 10, 2018
    #8
    bagsmom likes this.
  9. TXbrenda

    Lisak1

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2013
    Messages:
    6,539
    Likes Received:
    7,335
    Location:
    Northern IL
    @Mmathis - see my question above. This is a second tub.
     
    Lisak1, Jul 10, 2018
    #9
    TXbrenda, bagsmom and Mmathis like this.
  10. TXbrenda

    Lisak1

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2013
    Messages:
    6,539
    Likes Received:
    7,335
    Location:
    Northern IL
    Post some pictures! We love pictures!
     
    Lisak1, Jul 10, 2018
    #10
    TXbrenda and bagsmom like this.
  11. TXbrenda

    Mmathis TurtleMommy

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2011
    Messages:
    9,572
    Likes Received:
    5,411
    Location:
    NW Louisiana -- zone 8b
    Ah, missed that part!
     
    Mmathis, Jul 10, 2018
    #11
    TXbrenda and bagsmom like this.
  12. TXbrenda

    mrsclem mrsclem

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2008
    Messages:
    2,485
    Likes Received:
    2,117
    Location:
    st. mary's county, md.
    No pump really needed.I have 4 stock tanks that I use for my excess plants. 2 have a clay substrate, others just free floating or potted lilies. I try to keep floating plants like duck weed or azolla in each to shade them. I added a couple of koi fry to each one just to keep mosquitos under control but the frogs usually eat the fry.
     
    mrsclem, Jul 10, 2018
    #12
    bagsmom and Mmathis like this.
  13. TXbrenda

    bagsmom

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2014
    Messages:
    1,010
    Likes Received:
    1,119
    I moved a puny lotus out of my pond and into a giant plastic planter - more as an experiment than anything. My guess is that the planter holds about 30 gallons of water. I set it up a couple of weeks ago and it's already looking great. I planted the lotus in plain kitty litter on the bottom and added a small water lily, hornwort, anacharis, and duckweed. A few snails tagged along in the plants. The water is almost totally clear and the lotus is sending up new stems. There is no filtration, but the plants seem to be doing a good job with the water. I have 8 feeder guppies in there to eat mosquito larvae. So far, so good -- it's fun to go out every morning and just look into the new aquatic mini-world!
     
    bagsmom, Jul 10, 2018
    #13
    Tara, addy1 and Mmathis like this.
  14. TXbrenda

    Sparky

    Joined:
    May 10, 2018
    Messages:
    230
    Likes Received:
    224
    Location:
    Ely Mn
    A sponge filter never hurt anything. The agitation is great for the floaters and keeps nutrients moving through the water.
     
    Sparky, Jul 10, 2018
    #14
    TXbrenda likes this.
  15. TXbrenda

    TXbrenda

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2018
    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    33
    Location:
    Crosby, TX
    I really like this ideal. My friend asked if I wanted a bait tank she has when I showed her a picture of the little pond. Yes, I really do want this tank. So I may end up with three different ponds. So much fun. Im glad I found this site with all you guys so willing to help and make it fun. learning with every post.
    I have two different ponds going now.
     
    TXbrenda, Jul 11, 2018
    #15
    Tara and addy1 like this.
  16. TXbrenda

    TXbrenda

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2018
    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    33
    Location:
    Crosby, TX
    I WILL TRY TO POST PICTURES
     
    TXbrenda, Jul 11, 2018
    #16
    Tara likes this.
  17. TXbrenda

    TXbrenda

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2018
    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    33
    Location:
    Crosby, TX
    This is the first one I did about a week ago. Has two small butterfly koi and two goldfish. They have been in 4 days now. They came up to eat yesterday and today. Beautiful little guys.
     

    Attached Files:

    TXbrenda, Jul 11, 2018
    #17
    Tara likes this.
  18. TXbrenda

    TXbrenda

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2018
    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    33
    Location:
    Crosby, TX
    I would love this if I can manage it. I have 5 acres mostly wooded so lots of room. I think I said that I have water snakes so I will have to watch out for them. Any ideals on this you guys?
     
    TXbrenda, Jul 11, 2018
    #18
  19. TXbrenda

    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2010
    Messages:
    33,189
    Likes Received:
    17,799
    Location:
    Frederick, Maryland
    The koi will outgrow that pond real quick, you will need to make something bigger for them. Even the goldfish will out grow it, but at a slower rate.

    Nice pond though.
     
    addy1, Jul 11, 2018
    #19
    Tara and Mmathis like this.
  20. TXbrenda

    Sparky

    Joined:
    May 10, 2018
    Messages:
    230
    Likes Received:
    224
    Location:
    Ely Mn
    King Tut! One of my faves
     
    Sparky, Jul 11, 2018
    #20
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.