OK - having been inspired by David Rose's beautiful Koi pond thread & pics here on SD, I've decided to share some pics of the garden pond I built over the last year. I'm no expert at pond construction so if there are any pro's out there don't go too hard on me - lol!
Moving from a very cold temperate country (London, England) to the Australian tropics made me curious as to the possibility of keeping some of my favourite tropical freshwater fish (that I used to have to keep in a heated aquarium back home) in an outdoor garden pond over here. I thought seeing them in a larger body of water and looking down on them rather than through glass would give me a different perspective on their behaviour and maybe bring me a bit closer to how they behave in their natural environments around the world. Please note however, I haven't aimed at trying to create any specific biotope dedicated to any one species with this pond, it is just a generic filtered garden pond with heavily weeded and rocky areas much like how you would aquascape a general community tropical aquarium, the only real difference is that this is outside and it can hold tons more water!
I'll start the timeline back from the beginning so you can see the project take shape,
and include the species I have added over the past year & which species have successfully spawned etc as I go...
If anyone else has pond pics to add please do, it's always good to see ppl's pond ideas no matter how big or small they are. I have learned from this that as long as you have the essential in place, ie adequate filtration etc, the beauty of designing a garden pond is that there is no right or wrong way it should look, you are not limited by the constraints of an aquarium. Anyway, time to get some pics up! I look forward to your comments!