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    Indoor Pond Project

    I have been thinking about doing an indoor pond for years now and finally decided to go ahead and start a log of the progression.
    The pond is actually an agricultural waterer that I had to get ordered in and it is approximately 300 gallons. I just picked it up two days ago.
    My plan is to frame around it for extra support and then to box it in just to tidy it up. Basically having a ledge around the pond, perhaps to place some potted plants around to naturalize it a bit.
    The only thing I have done with it so far is taken the drain and bulk head fittings apart to silicone the fittings before reinstalling them. I don't intend to actually utilize the drain so I figured I would seal it up the best I could before leak testing it.
    The next step is to place it outside and fill it up and see how it hold ups for a few days.
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    Very cool project, can't wait to watch it progress. Will you keep it in the fish room? Also any plans yet on what is going to stock the pond....or is that a secret ;)
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    Neat.
    I have wanted to do this myself, but never got the go ahead haha

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    That's great! I have also wanted to do an indoor one as well, but since my basement is not ideal.. this thread will have to do instead for now haha. Look forward to seeing some updates!
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    What a great idea. Where did you order the waterer from if you don't mind me asking?

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    Yes it will be in the fish room. But not in the middle of it as by the time I have it framed out it will be a pain to walk around during water changes in the other tank. I plan to put one end up against the wall to the right of the door.
    As for stock, it is no secret but I am not sure what it will be yet. I do know however there will be two rescued cigar sharks going in there. They are at least 12" and in a 55g so I got to get them in a larger setup. Plus they wont be too bad to view from above. But in terms of tank mates, I was thinking of perhaps a group of walking catfish or an arowana. Not sure really, I'm open for suggestion as well. I would say I'll end up with a few larger fish and perhaps a large shoal of medium sized fish, like barbs or danios.
    I ordered it through Acklands grainger.

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    Now for the leak test. I'll let it sit for a few days and hope for the best.
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    Just a tip your goning to want a heck of a ventilation system & or dehumidifier or you'll run into old and mildew issues in your home. I've done the open pond thing indoors a few times & it'll drive your humidity in the home through the roof!

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    Yes there is no doubt. At the moment with the 16 tanks the humidity is around 38 with the dehumidifier running and roughly 43 without. Also the HRV for the house itself should pick up any slack. But regardless I would like to keep it under 45 if at all possible. But to help prevent a huge amount of evaporation I plan to cover the pond with a clear plexiglass when Im not in there to actually view it.

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    The leak test is going good after 24hrs, seems to be holding the water with no issue. The overnight temp did dip below zero so there was a little skim of ice over the water this morning but no issue.

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    Ok so after roughly 80 hours there were no leaks so I figured it was ok to call it good. I pumped it out with a submersible pond pump and brought it back inside. Now on to the construction phase although I am of two minds about elevating it up on a boxed in frame. I thought it would be more convenient to have it up off the floor so I could siphon it out, but after using the pump to do so I thought perhaps why not use that for cleaning and draining purposes.

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    The construction has begun. Now just to box it in so I can hide the filters, power bars etc...and to have a little bit of a shelf/rim around it for potted plants.
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    Keep the updates coming :)
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    awesome!

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    very cool - can't wait to see it as the project progresses.
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    Matthew you should be utilizing the
    drains to to set up a bottom drain filtration
    5000 gallon koi pond, 2500 & 750 gallon holding tanks,

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    Your projects come together a lot faster than mine! Looking good :)
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    Haha yes it has come together quick. But I will soon be leaving for work for 3 weeks so work will be halting for that time.

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