A New Day’s pond

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    Rachel O’Leary on her white cloud strains and how she sets up a species only tank to spawn them.
     
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    Quick update on the pond, it’s such a swamp that people don’t realise it’s a pond :lol:

    Luckily one doesn’t really notice the ugly plastic either :)

    4 months in, no wc only top ups with borehole water. Think this is by far my healthiest system and very low maintenance.

    Water is 23C at the moment, which is still good for the minnows even at the heat of summer. I see few very young fry at the moment but have already pulled around 200 (probably more) juveniles from the pond and there are many juvies still in. Very happy with the fish choice, love them!

    Saw a cherry shrimp the other day, looking very good but I rarely see them/it, no idea how many made it and haven’t seen shrimplets yet.

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    Looks like you might have to expand soon... maybe a little waterfall down to another pond?:p
     
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    :):thumbup:
     
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    Love it @A new day !!

    Pond and plants are looking amazing!!!!
     
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    Thanks @MariaS :)
     
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    Not sure where to post this vid, but very cool. Aquapro’s greenhouse pond. Looks great, but very expensive and perhaps high maintenance too? He probably lives in an area where winters are very cold?



    I need to hack out some stuff in the pond too.
     
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    I think so, just watched the latest video and the outside temp was just over 4c.

    I was quite tempted by the whole greenhouse idea, but for a kit that size it's well into the 10s of thousands, excluding any kind of temperature control
     
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    That really is awesome, but I don't think it would really be necessary in SA. There are cheaper ways to do it though, and the one or two I have seen locally (at nurseries and the likes) have more been for bird cover than for actually being a greenhouse.
     
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    I think it also helps with humidity, and some of the plants look to be emersed aquatic plants.

    I've read that including a pond in a greenhouse helps to damp the spikes and dips of heat during the day, absorbing a lot of excess heat during the day and releasing it at night.
     
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    That would make sense. I would guess it would also give the chance to keep fish in the pond that normally need a heater without the cost of actually heating the water. I know I saw one of these greenhouses on wish at some point, and I think it was going for about 2k, which isn't too heavy, but I have no idea what the quality would be like.
     
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    I think he said he actually heats the water with a 300W heater. In SA that shouldn’t be necessary for those fish, I think?
     
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    Had to watch it muted since the office is deathly quite today haha, so I missed that part. I guess a small heater for the winter months might be needed but it would be a lot more cost effective than having to heat it like a standard open pond.
     
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    I think if one is growing the very tropical plants it does help with humidity.
    Would love to put a pond into my greenhouse. And maybe grow Lotus or something like that.
     
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    That's a stunning pond!!

    Dreams..
     
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    One day when I am big till then wait patiently.
    nearly did the exact same size greenhouse but lost battle with body corporate.
     
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    Thanks for sharing @A new day

    Really awesome!
     
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    It’s amazing how you can keep fish in a tropical climate.

    I went to Orlando a few years ago.
    At one of the Disney parks (I think it was animal kingdom)
    There was a massive outdoor tank with Malawis and Birchers
    And there were also Hippo pools with Malawis in them too
     
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    The swamp is still doing well. Gunnera (river pumpkin) was supposed to die back in winter but looking better than ever actually. Sometimes the growing seasons are a but topsy turvy in the Western Cape.

    Ludwigia repens growing emersed has bright red stems and had little yellow flowers a couple of weeks ago.

    The Berula erecta (tandpynwortel) is going bonkers as always. I’ve experimented with it a bit in 2 of my tanks and it is growing emersed from the back terrace in the 44L. Needs shallow water and doesn’t last fully submerged. Doing quite well in a shallow pico also, although it would’ve appreciated more light.

    The minnows haven’t bred for me in the heat of summer. There are roughly 20 of them in the pond at the moment. As well as at least 1 of three baby goldfish I accidentally hatched in a container with pond plants from @Donny a couple of months ago.

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