Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Backyard fish pond

Today we made a pond!  Actually TWO ponds! I set up two container ponds today. I did some research to find out how to and then set it all up today!!  In one container pond we have minnows, comet goldfish, and a water lily plant. In the other container pond we have a different kind of lily that can live in water, I think calla.... as well as the minnows and comet goldfish. The kids LOVE IT!! I located the container ponds in their backyard play area. They love to go watch the fish swim around. Their friend Garland came to play today and she loves the fish too!!

It was an easy set up. I filled the 2 buckets with water 24 hours before adding the plans and fish. That takes out the chlorine. Then I went out and got the plants from Lukas Nursery in Oviedo Florida. I added the plants, floated the fish in the bags they came in, put in the water conditioner, waited 30 minutes and released the fish. I did a lot of research and asked a lot of questions at the planet nursery and fish store. I also watched videos on youtube and red a few webpages about how to create a container pond.  I love it as much as the kids do!!

I added an umbrella for shielding the afternoon sun, they can only have morning sun

water lily and fish

calla lily and fish


more of the fish


volcano tubes

pouring the vinegar into the baking soda

added some gel food coloring

viewing the fish

they LOVE having backyard fish ponds in their play area!!

ice, water, gel food coloring


  1. I love the container pond idea! Do you have a plan to keep stray neighborhood cats out of it? I have a lot of cats around, including 2 of my own, and would like to do this when my son is older but do not wish to continuously restock it with fish after the cats have gotten to them each day.

  2. I have a fence around the play area, there are a lot of umbrellas, I have never seen a stray cat in our yard in the 4 years we have been here. Plus the fish hang out far down in the water.

  3. This is such a great idea! I've been considering getting some fish or some other small pets for our house, but I never thought about doing a little fish pond.

  4. I was just thinking about putting a small pond outside for the kiddos, but had never thought about a pond in a container! LOVE IT! So much easier than where my mind was going?! ;D We are so going to do this in our outdoor space. Thanks!

  5. wow! what a great experience for your kids. thank you for linking up!

  6. It looks like a great experience!

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  8. How has the fish pond situation worked? It's a very cute, economical idea, and I'm wanting to do one for myself and my 2 yr old grandson. You don't have a pump? Since goldfish are dirty, how are you keeping them clean? I have a 20 gal aquarium with 8 goldfish, and it's a lot of work.
    You have such great things going on for your twins!

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