zinc coated stock tank

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    I'm new to this pond forum, But I have a oval stock tank that I want to put some gold fish in, I have ordered a pump filter combo, and will also put some river rocks in the bottom, anything else I need to get, or know ?
     

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    Personal opinion... Skip the rocks.
     
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    Mmathis TurtleMommy

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    Welcome! And I agree with Dieselplower -- skip the rocks. They tend to collect debris and make it harder to keep the bottom clean.

    How many gallons does the tank hold?
     
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    Troutredds You can call me Red

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    Welcome aboard, LLeonardt. I'd find a nice shady place to enjoy your tank pond. The sun could heat up that metal tank and promote excessive algae blooms. Just a thought: Why not dig a hole and at least partially bury that tank? It's galvanized, so it wouldn't rust, it may stay a tad cooler buried a ways and I think it would look more like a pond and less like a tank. You could even border it with rocks or plants. Just an idea...good luck. (y)
     
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    It is a 95 gallon tank, I got a pondmaster filter and pump.
     
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    Ok, the tank was filled up last weekend, and installed my pump and filter, but the water is not clear, it looks milky. Do I need to seal the inside of this tank, and if so with what ?
     
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    bettasngoldfish Maria

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    Do you have fish in it yet?

    Did you rinse the tank before filling it?
     
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    you can spray the inside of that tank with the leak sealant spray .The metal from the tank could be reacting against stuff in your water .i used to get that at my house in NJ .You can add additives to the water .
     
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    No fish yet, I was thinking about putting some feeder fish in it this weekend to see want happens.
     
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    bettasngoldfish Maria

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    I would hold off on adding fish until you figure out what is clouding the water. I would try emptying it and refilling to see what happens. It's not like its a huge amount of water.
     
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    sissy sissy

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    do you have city water or well water and do you have a liquid test kit so you will know when to add fish
     
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    We have city water, it's been in the for over a week, is should be ok. But I will get e test kit this weekend.
     
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    Water takes at least a month to settle because of all the stuff they put in city water .You usually have to treat it and it could be reacting against the metal
     
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    Here is a link to the first video of my zinc tank pond.
     
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    I'm curious on how your pond is doing?
     
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    4 year old thread. Haven't seen any posts from OP
     
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    @Jennn This is an old thread, and I don’t know if the OP is still following it. You have posted a couple of things already about your question — it might take a little while but you’ll start getting some responses.
     
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    JBailey Jack of all trades; master of some

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    I have a small galvanized tank pond, about 150 gallons, that has been going a few years now. I have 3-5 goldfish in it that started out as 3 for a dollar feeder fish. At some point they had babies because I saw some in colors I didn't buy, but now I'm back down to three 3-4" fish.
    I have dwarf cattail, creeping jenny, feathery marestail, yellow nymphoides, and a bonus water plantain growing, plus a sad water hyacinth the goldfish like to munch. The pump is just a small one from a bog box store in a crate with filter 'batting' and bioballs, but it's the plants that do most of the work and my water has kept clear & tests well even in the sun. It's above ground but has mounds of calendula shading most of it, plus a light shade cloth on a bamboo frame when it's really hot. Some of the plants are on full & half concrete blocks with slate on top and the fish seem to like using them as caves.
    The outflow is from an old well spout and puts a fair bit of oxygen in the water, but I'm about to change it to a diff fountain head the hummingbirds can access better.
    I leave it running all winter, adding a 250 watt de icer when it gets really cold (I'm near the Canadian border).
    Everything seems healthy, and I do a weekly or so 25% water change using a spigot I installed that flows to a boggy area, then top up with regular hose water. I didn't seal the tank at all, just hosed it out, filled it up & added water conditioner.
    It's added a ton of wildlife to my garden and inspired me to build a bigger pond when I can afford it.
     
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