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About 9 months ago I used a half whiskey barrel to start a small pond in my backyard. I got the barrel from Home Depot so it needed to be cleaned out and soaked before I could use it for fish. I added all the photos I have of how the set up went to my photo album here on the forum. Here's the link: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/members/23421/album/barrel-pond-1597/

If any of you have any questions about setting up one of your own please do not hesitate to ask!

 

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That's very lovely, nice work. I have thought about something like this, but unfortunately I have raccoon in my neighbourhood, and they decimate my pond every summer, even though I have not had fish in it for several years. Any water source becomes a magnet, especially when a female has a couple of kits. They also love to eat those plants [found that out when I had them along with a group of common goldfish in my pond].
 

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That's so nice! I'll have to check out your link and see if it's something easy enough that even I can make. (Pretty challenged in that area!)
 

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Its very pretty my husband has plans to build a screened in porch this year maybe I will try it and put it on there. I would have the same problem with the raccoons as Byron if I try to do it with out the screened in porch. Do you think it would be okay to put a heater in it during the winter to keep it from freezing?
 

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Its very pretty my husband has plans to build a screened in porch this year maybe I will try it and put it on there. I would have the same problem with the raccoons as Byron if I try to do it with out the screened in porch. Do you think it would be okay to put a heater in it during the winter to keep it from freezing?

If you have somewhere you can plug a heater in you could put one in easily. Its only about 35 gallons so you can use a regualr aquarium heater, just make sure to get a thermometer so you can keep an eye on the temperature. Goldfish dont like warm water so keep it under 70 degrees.
 

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That's so nice! I'll have to check out your link and see if it's something easy enough that even I can make. (Pretty challenged in that area!)

It's very easy to set up you just need patience. It takes longer to set up than a regular aquarium (about 2-3 months)
 
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