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Kraken 04-14-2009 10:17 PM

building a pond with waterfall
so I started on a pond in my backyard, I have completely dug the pond and now getting started on the waterfall. My backyard slopes up on a hill so I will make the WF at the top and wind it down (stream like) down into the pond. The pond is going to be aprox. 4500 gallons. The deepest part of the pond is about 3 1/2 feet. I have the pump and filter already, now just waiting on my EPMD rubber liner to come in. SO my question is this....I dont want to use koi in the pond as I think maybe the pond is still too small for them, I live in South Texas (San Antonio) so there really is never any winter here and yes our summers are blazing hot...So I was thinking of maybe getting a submersible heater and keeping african cichlids in the pond instead of koi/comets/gold fish. Has anyone ever heard of someone being successful doing this? I know they like warm water, and like I said maybe during the winter we have about 2 days or so that it would even think about getting to 32F but thats a big maybe lol. I think with a sub. heater I should be ok huh?

aunt kymmie 04-15-2009 10:55 AM

I considered heating my outdoor pond but was informed it would cost me mega bucks as far as my monthly utility bill. 4500 Gallons? Lucky you. I've read that Koi require a minimum of 1000 so I'd think you'd have room for a few if you wanted to keep them, but then they'd have those blazing hot summers to deal with. I don't see why you couldn't keep cichlids but with a pond that deep do you think you'd ever really see them?? I'd think they'd hang in the lower levels of the water. Not sure on this...

adiumroot 04-15-2009 02:04 PM

You can try live bearers such as swordtails or platys. They're quite hardy (you may not ever require a heater at all. But just ask more knowledgeable people, just in case) and the ornamental varieties are really pretty to look at.

If you're planting the pond, then you can even keep bettas there. Even multiple males can coexist, given the very large area and places to hide.

I've never heard of anyone keeping African Cichlids in a pond. I always see them in tanks. And heating a pond that large is gonna cost a lot. But if you have the money, then why not? ;)

Good luck with your pond and waterfall!

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