Originally Posted by eileen
Thanks TankMAster. Sorry that I posted my project onto your thread.
No no no . . . don't be sorry. I guess we just made history with regard to this hobby.We may not be the first to have setup an unfiltered tub pond but we are the first to offer information and updates to other enthusiasts who type :" Unfiltered tub pond" in Google !!
Imagine all those searching for information or those battling for space for tanks. This thread is going to have more hits than any other pond page on the net!
This is a outdoor tub alternative to a standard freshwater aquarium!
[applause] . . .
We just made history!
Does anyone think that this setup will suffice for breeding?
I think the sun and the moon have total effect on when and how often fish breed. Take guppies for example. Fry born in this setup will be really hardy and have deep colors compared to fry born in an indoor setup. Being outdoors, I think the sun and moon play a vital role in lighting and may trigger the urge to spawn sooner.
In the wild, these fish spawn like crazy. If you move these fish into an aquarium environment, their climate changes. There is no sun or moon to tell them when its the right time to spawn but just a tank light.
Although this is just a theory, it does make sense.
Has anyone noticed their betta making huge nests during a full/new moon? I have. Keep your male betta outdoors for 1 - 3 days, making sure there is no bubble nest. Observe his enclosure and take note of the size of the nest.
This is a challenge to find out just how much a fish may change it's behavior outdoors compared to a simulated environment indoors.
Take note of color changes and feeding habits maybe even stress levels.
How does the unmonitored water conditions affect the fish.
Leave a few female live bearers who won't drop outdoors in this setup and see if they will spawn.
I don't know what outcome this may have on the fish. Maybe we can help each other by trying a few of these experiments with live bearers. I would like to know if this setup has a positive/negative influence on the fish in it.
TankMaster . . . TubMaster (lol)