Will I have to have a pump in the tank?

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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
 
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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! :)
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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.

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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.
 
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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.
Yes it is a diffrent one that i set up before i found this site. Hust added fish a few days ago.
 

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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
I thought yours was a rusted out galvanized tub.....
 

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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.
 
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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!
 
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A sponge filter never hurt anything. The agitation is great for the floaters and keeps nutrients moving through the water.
 
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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.
@Mmathis - see my question above. This is a second tub.
I have two different ponds going now.
 
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Post some pictures! We love pictures!
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.
 

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Cool! You're going to have a garden of ponds!
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?
 

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Has two small butterfly koi and two goldfish.
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.
 
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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.
King Tut! One of my faves
 
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