So I live in Florida and I thought to myself it would be a waste to not take advantage of the weather in Florida that is as ideal as it will get for having a pond in a backyard. I assessed my backyard and found a perfect spot to dig a pond on my property. The pond would be right near a water supply and also there's a perfect area to put a canister filter nearby. The pond would be 2-3 feet deep and there would be pond lining covering all of the ground of the pond. I would then place flagstone tiles down to cover the bottom with a nice surface and then fill in the area between the flagstone with pea pebbles from Home Depot. After all that's done I would add plants and cycle the pond until its non toxic and ready for fish. That's my plan but then I had a thought about the pond getting too hot during the summer and a heater wouldn't help with that. Either I would have to find a way to cool the pond during the summer or I would have to select fish that can handle these temperatures. This isn't going to be a koi pond or anything like that, I would put lots and lots of small fish like guppies and danios. Guppies (I think danios also) love mosquito larvae and that would solve a mosquito issue which is common with ponds. I have't decided on just guppy's and danios but i'm open to livestock suggestions. I would also put mosquito fish in the pond just because why not. So what i'm wondering is would these fish be fine during the hottest times of the year here in Florida? I already have tons of guppies in various fry tanks so the guppies are all at hand when ready to be placed in the pond and I will continue to select breed the fancy and endler guppies until I have a beautiful selection for my future pond. I also own a common pleco that I think would do better in a bigger body of water. I may add him to the pond also and if someone can tell me if plecos do well in ponds that would be great. During the "winter" (which isn't really a winter, maybe 68 to 74 degrees fahrenheit) I would have a heater to take care of that no problem. My only concern is during the summer, which we haven't had too hot of a summer in a long time here in Florida. I do have raccoons come around sometimes and i've seen them pick at containers full of tadpoles. I also own an outdoor cat which could potentially be interested in the ponds livestock. These are some other concerns I have. My thought for this is to get a metal cage like top to slide over the pond at night time or whenever I need to. I don't know where to get something like this but i'm certain it would work well. That would keep raccoons out for sure and then I can just keep an eye on my cat and make sure it never eats up any fish. Who knows, maybe my cat just won't be interested in the pond ever and then I don't have to worry about it. So yeah that's my plan and the reason I am posting it on here is so that if there are an flaws in my pond plan, then someone can let me know before I get started. I have never built a pond before and have no experience with ponds so i'm sure someone here knows better than I do. Please no high-tech suggestions for this pond, I want it to be simple and easy to maintain. Also, livestock suggestions would be greatly appreciated.