can you have a fish tank outside?

texas_is_homeDecember 20, 2009

Do you think it is possible for there to be a 10gallon aquarium outside during the summer? or like a rubbermaid tub? i want sort of a self-sufficient pond. i dont want something big but relatively small so that i can have some fresh *nitrogen rich* water in my garden. i dont know. if not can you give me some ideas please?

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cityworm

Yes in summer a tank can be done outside. I myself and friends have had tanks and patio ponds outside with tropical fish.
How much water would you need to water your garden?

    Bookmark   December 20, 2009 at 11:15PM
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texas_is_home

i dont need much but i cant have something too big. i think the max would be 50 gallons

    Bookmark   December 21, 2009 at 2:35PM
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fagannutsy(North New Jersey)

Hey Texas

Be carefull of the suns position, I had direct sun on my outside tank for 3 hours and I could not stop the algea from growing. I refered to my outside tank as my above ground pond, enjoy the hobbie however ouside light is a dream for algea.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2009 at 11:53AM
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texas_is_home

oh ok. another question. how could i add oxygen to the water? I dont know if my extension cords are able to reach my garden, so are there any other ways?

    Bookmark   December 23, 2009 at 9:16PM
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cityworm

A live aquarium plant called anacharis will give oxygen. If it grows too much in the tank you can take some out and dry it then use at a fertilizer.

    Bookmark   December 25, 2009 at 5:48PM
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woodnative(6)

Yes, it is fun to put containers outside for the summer. Do not worry about a electricity or addint a pump...as long as the tank is very shallow. I recommend large plastic (undrained pots) or shallow plastic storage containers over a glass tank, which may braeak. Add a few small liverbearers (guppies, platies) or white clouds, or other small fish. You will be amazed how much they grow and reproduce over the summer. You don't have to feed them as much either as they will also be getting insects etc. that fly or fall into the water.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 8:52AM
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texas_is_home

ok so i have an idea of what i need to do

*need a plant - anacharis
*need fish - preferably live bearers and/or one goldfish

so would the tub i want need to have depth or width?

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 4:36PM
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cityworm

I suggest width

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 11:39PM
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texas_is_home

why width? im just asking because i thought you would want depth. you know, so the water wont get too hot. but i guess i can only find out if i try.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2009 at 7:42PM
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cityworm

width cause of surface area,more surface area the better.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2010 at 12:30AM
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texas_is_home

oh. ok. so having a longer tub would be more beneficial

    Bookmark   January 1, 2010 at 4:17PM
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fool4flowers(8)

You can keep a few fish in a half whiskey barrel along with a few water plants and they will take care of shading it to reduce algae. A feed trough will work as well. I have a small preformed pond that I keep goldfish in and that worked fine. You can get the small preformed ponds off craigslist cheap if you check it fairly often.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2010 at 6:51PM
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frugalgardener(5MI)

You might want to do some reading over on the pond forum. They do little water features, too. They know about weather, heat and sun issues.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2010 at 8:50PM
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texas_is_home

Wow its been some time since i have responded! I dont think water will be an issue this year. we have gotten so much rain it is ridiculous!!! my garden is practically flooded.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2010 at 10:55AM
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