Unfiltered Pond??

sassymomma

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So I have a question....Is it possible to run a container pond without filtration? I assume that frequent water changes would be needed to prevent stagnation.

The reason that I'm asking is that my son would like to have a minnow pond....but we don't currently have an outdoor power source. When I ran a back yard pool, I used to run an extension cord from the bathroom window to the pool to run the filter. That was all well and good to run for a few hours a day, but a pond filter would need to be running permanently so I'm thinking that without outdoor electricity, a filter's a problem.

The container that we have is a 2wide X 4long X 2deep plastic tub. Like a bathtub, minus the drainage holes. they use them for bulk storage of wood chips at my brother's work.
 

aussieJJDude

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Sometimes a solar powered pump can make all the difference, as well as having it heavily planted. It can be done!
 

maggie thecat

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Look into "still" ponds. It's exactly that. One with no mechanical filtration, everything is done through plant power: hornwort and anacharis are the underwater workhorses. Floaters help keep the water comfortable and help pull waste products from the water.
 
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