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How can i do a big cichlid Pond

Postby ME_AND_GREENTERROR » Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:03 pm

hello,
I need some info on how i can make a big cichlid pond in my backyard.. thanks in advance..
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Postby ArcticCatRider » Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:32 pm

hey man.
how big you talkin?
the average cichlid pond, like a 300 gallon rubbermaid container? or 150 gallon container?
or a dug pond, like a pond you dig out, like people have in their gardens with the waterfalls, and koi in them?
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Postby ME_AND_GREENTERROR » Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:33 pm

hey bro.. me and my dad were thinking like having a koi pond but instead of koi cichlids.. my idea so if mosquitos lay larvae they eat them.. but we were thinking around 300-500 gallon.. inside of the earth of course..
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Postby ArcticCatRider » Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:38 pm

well, you can definately get info here, and over google.
but, you'd plan it all out, the depth, length,and width.
findout where you want it.dig the earth out.put your pond liner in, after making sure, the earth ain't gonna cave in.set heavy rocks on the liner.put gravel,or your choice of substrate in, if you want any, and you kind of set it up like a fish tank.
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Postby ME_AND_GREENTERROR » Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:40 pm

rlly.. do i put a fish tank in the earth? or what thats the part i get messed up in and the filter.. how do i keep it clean.. i know where i want it i just gotta get the fish holder..
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Postby ArcticCatRider » Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:40 pm

Ofcourse, you need to read,and ask questions and gather more information.
Get filter(s), pump(s), UV sterilizer, rocks, water, decorations, cycle it, put your stuff in it.
Test it, heat it,or cool it.
Is it gonna be in direct sun?
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Postby ArcticCatRider » Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:43 pm

you get a container like the one in this picture, on this website.
http://www.bookofjoe.com/2005/08/rubbermaid_300_.html

You, then, after reading up, get a pond filter, put in in middle of pond, or set it up, as directed, or where wished to be.
Although, above ground is a bit easier to do.
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Postby TheeMon » Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:18 pm

why not just dig a whole and put some thick plastic down?
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Postby ME_AND_GREENTERROR » Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:25 pm

but how can i dig it up in the ground.. thats for on surface.. on surface to me looks ugly..
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Postby ArcticCatRider » Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:28 pm

You get the pond/container, measure it, and dig dig dig, a hole, that is atleast 2 inches on eitherside larger than intended.for a 48 inch pond, you should dig a 50-52 inch hole, so you have room to spare, and just in case.
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Postby ME_AND_GREENTERROR » Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:40 pm

oh cool do i need to have that kind of tub? or can i go to the store.. get a bigger one thats rubbermaid ... and now my question is ? how do i get the pool filter in there? cause i wanna have like a little relaxing little botanical garden in my backyard next to the pool with chairs and flowers and stuff.. so everything has to look natural man im a picky guy..
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Postby ArcticCatRider » Sat Mar 29, 2008 3:47 pm

you do something like this, that goes IN the pond, but then you have to run wires for electrical to, so remember extension cords and all that.
http://www.petsolutions.com/Pentair-Uno ... 4+C50.aspx
more filters, that can be used, IN the pond
http://www.petsolutions.com/Pond-Filter ... 7+C50.aspx

http://www.petsolutions.com/Pondmaster- ... 2+C50.aspx

http://www.petsolutions.com/Pondmaster- ... 0+C50.aspx

thisis a kind of filter, you would set in a dug hole beside the pond, plumb up to it, and it filters the water, and then waterfalls it back to your pond
http://www.petsolutions.com/Power-Flow- ... 0+C50.aspx

in pond again
http://www.petsolutions.com/Complete-Po ... 2+C50.aspx

nowyou can do the in pond filter, and use decorations/rocks around to kind of hide it,
but, with the inpond, you can hook it all up, and makea waterfal in the middle of the pond, or take and plumb everything through a pipe/hose, and build a stack of rocks, kind of like a waterfall, and have the pipe/hose, hidden in there,and hooked up,where water flows, out onto a rock, that is over the pond, and in to the pond, or build a waterfall, fountain type set up from there....but, either way.
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Postby ME_AND_GREENTERROR » Sat Mar 29, 2008 4:07 pm

wow yea ok now.. one more thing.. how do u put lights in there.. or is that too much.. i was thinking.. getting a piece of acrylic cutting a little pice of it out and having to run electricity underground.. so at night we can see.. man this is gonna take a while with me and my dad.. :(
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Postby ArcticCatRider » Sat Mar 29, 2008 4:15 pm

take a look here
http://www.petsolutions.com/Lighting+C10436.aspx

look at pages, 1 and 2. see what you like...it ain't gonna be a very cheap thig to do.

oh,to save some money/depending on/ you can get a filter like pressurized, or with a UV sterilizer built into it....
quik ?
You don't have cats, or other aimals around that can get in your yard and things do you?
you will probably need something like a screen kindof top to protect your fish against, birds, animals/predators. etc.....

you could always put your green terror in the pond..... :roll: :wink: :D
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Postby ME_AND_GREENTERROR » Sat Mar 29, 2008 4:18 pm

Yea thats why i told my dad that! i can keep him let him grow big.... and no no cats only 2 dogs but they live inside.. they are small and like to go outside only to do there peepee and caca and thats it.. their hair is too nice.. but yea ima get a cover like a screen to put in at night.. just in case a cat comes by or a dum pigeon.. we live in a neighborhood where there are no cat but once in a while they come.. ima set a trap with my bb gun.. so if a cat triggers the security BAM! so yea ima have to do that ima start tomorow..
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55 gallon- GT, Tire Track eel, Yoyo Loach
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