After going by that pond store that I got my 1 liter bottle of Flourish from, I've been getting this strange urge. So now I'm wondering about what would work well in a pond from a plant perspective. Some species that I might try would include.
Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, valisneria spiralis, or saggitaria sublata.
Fish possibilities would include Xiphophorus variatus and/or maculatus and maybe a Fundulopanchax or Aphyosemion for algae and mosquito control. Oh, I'd probably toss in some Apple snails too.
If I were to do this, I'd probably just start out with a kiddie pool for this year and if I were pleased with the results, I might actually build a pond later. Substrate would likely consist of Tetra Initial Sticks and a bag of vermiculite mixed in with some left-over coarse gravel/humus mix, with 50 lbs of TexBlast on top.
There are plenty of wild animals in the area, so I don't know if I would be successful, but that's why I want to add plants... for cover... yeah, that's it... :-)
If I do actually build a pond, I'd like to be able to keep my ground cover through the winter. How many of these plants can stand cold water (40F - 35F) for short periods of time? I suspect the killies would come back out after a winter, but I also suspect the livebearers would have to be replaced each year.
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