Pretty much just what the title says.
I really wanted to have a place outside where I could grow out some floating plants and attempt to grow some carpeting plants, so I thought that a kiddie pool would be the perfect thing to use. I bought a little $8 pool that has a diameter of 3 feet, and is 8 inches tall. Not very deep, but lots of surface area for floaters.
I spray painted it black with Krylon fusion, and let it cure for a little over a week. Then I added some soil from the woods near my house, and covered/mixed that with Quikcrete Playsand. The playsand was to make visibility better, so I could have an easier time actually SEEING whatever fish I put in.
So far there are no actual fish, I THINK I'm going to pick up 10 or so "feeder" guppies from the fish store and put them in. I'm still undecided, though. I know I need some kind of fish in there to control mosquito larvae, but I don't want anything that I'd feel too bad if a bird or raccoon caught it.
But...no fish doesn't mean the pool is empty. Oh no. Within a night the pool became the local club for all the Squirrel tree frogs in the vicinity. I've counted 4 out there at one time, croaking as loudly as they can to advertise their new hot spot. They're so insanely loud I can hear them all night from my bedroom, which is on the far side of the house. Noisy little guys, they're not even 2 inches big!
Of course, within the next few days, said pool was deemed perfect for a nursery by the tree frogs. A few days ago I walked out to thousands of eggs scattered all over the sides, the sand, the driftwood, and most especially the plants.
Today, I now have thousands of tadpoles. And the eggs haven't even all hatched yet o.o
So, without further ado, here are some pictures of my "pond". Also included is a blue tub with dirt that's uncapped (hence the cloudiness...hopefully it settles. I underestimated the strength of the 'shower' setting on my hose) and planted with crypts and java fern, combined with a few floaters.