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I currently have one goldfish pond outside (approximately 185 gallons), and one temporary inside tank (40 gallon breeder) holding my cleanup crew until the pond water warms up. My parents built a pond on the front of the house before I was even born, so I have been around ponds for my whole life. We would occasionally have a tank inside with different types of fish, but always went back to the outside pond. It was easier to keep clean and Mom didn't like the smell of dirty fish tanks in the house. I have kept various tetras, danios, mollies, guppies, swordtails, and goldfish over the years. We had red tailed sharks in our pond for a while. That pond was cement and it cracked and started leaking into the house so it got turned into a flower bed. I missed the sound of the waterfall, so I got me a preformed pond and set it up on our front porch. That one sprung a leak when I dropped a rock on one of the shelves (making a hole big enough to put a pencil through). Since it was already almost 20 years old, I started looking for a new liner. A friend of mine was moving to Utah and had recently bought a liner. She didn't want to take it with her, so she sold it to me. That is the one I now have. I was glad because it is almost twice the size of my old one (which was only 100 gallons) and it is a newer plastic instead of the fiberglass that my old one was made of.
Once it was all set up, my Mom and I decided we wanted to build a wall around it and have plants around it. My oldest brother spends a lot of time driving around in the desert looking for old mines. He brought me back a bunch of interesting rock. I would come home from work and while I was changing my clothes, Mom would mix the mortar. Then I would lay a layer of rock along the wall. Mom put the block along the front for a sitting wall. Once it was all built up, we filled it with dirt and planted it. We tried lots of different plants, but the only one that really stays nice is the dichondra (a type of grass). I like it because the round leaves are similar to the round leaves of the lilies. I also liked the different types of thyme, but they don't do very well over the summer here. There is a rosemary plant behind the waterfall on the left that has been there forever. I recently put in a couple of new rosemary plants to see if I can get them to grow up the front of the waterfalls to hide the containers. I have an external pressure filter that is split to the two waterfalls. Other than that, the waterfalls themselves act as a filter also. Sludge collects in the bottom of them and I can take them to the garden to rinse them out. Our plants do very well with all that nice organic fertilizer! Here are some pics of my pond and the rock wall that my Mom and I built around it.plecos were less than an inch long when I bought them, and by the end of the summer, they passed the 8 inch mark. The cae's also grew like the proverbial weed. All three of them were less than a half inch long, and the normal coloring. By the end of summer, they had all passed the 2 inch mark and the largest had decided it wanted to be yellow. Every once in awhile, a few greenish scales will show up in patches on its sides, but it stays mostly yellow now. Here are a couple pics of my plecos - the first is the day I brought them home. The round leaf on the far left of the picture is a dichondra leaf that is only about a half inch across. The dish they are in is only about 4 inches across so you can get an idea of how small they were when I bought them June 18th. The second picture was when I brought them in for the winter on October 16th - they didn't want to lay next to the ruler. I couldn't believe how much they grew in just four months.
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