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snow25699j
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Outdoor tank construction
« on: December 09, 2012, 01:34:04 AM »

Hi guys, i managed to convince my mother to construct an outdoor tank for my goldfish. The tank they are in right now has a volume of 475 gallons(The actual volume is larger, but I calculated the volume with rough measurements , and only half that area is available to them most of the time because of that leak...).

There are about 9 adult goldfish over there presently.
Can you guys suggest some tank sizes and measurements would suit my present no. of goldies with room for more?(More than 10 babies, most of which will reach adulthood)

 Also, any tips on catching and transporting the goldies for a 6 hr trip?(I assume the babies can be transported in bottles? I have transported guppies in that manner without any ill effects...) I will mostly need help on the commons(super fast), shubkins(super fast) and the moor(fragile), but the others will also be a challenge. They are all large(except the moor Huh) and I guess they will have grater endurance in a chase...

And also the location. Should the tank be in a place with noon day sun, all day shade  or something?(the tank will be placed in the western side of the house. No other area is big enough...)

And finally, companions,decor and plants. For companions, I have guppies, so should I leave a few in the tank or keep only goldies? And for plants I have 2 types of duck weed and hydrilla. I don't want them chewing them all up so how best to keep then in? For the decorations what is best suited considering that a moor is present in the group?

I will try to design the tank as per your suggestions. Tanx in advance...
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Skwishee
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Re: Outdoor tank construction
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2012, 10:14:08 AM »

That's great to hear Snow!

Okay so we are looking at a pond to hold around 20 goldfish? Cheesy
Hmmm I'm not sure on the recommendations for stocking in ponds... tell ya what, I shall go and ask a friend of mine who builds ponds and get back to you Cheesy Oh also which part of the world were you in again? Smiley

With transporting fish, I would imagine buckets filled with water and perhaps an air stone or something? Hopefully one of the others will be along soon, I'm not entirely sure!

As for location, I think an area that gets sun for a portion of the day i.e. the morning or afternoon, as I imagine if it gets sun all day you will have a lot of algae to contend with!

I don't think guppies would be a good mix, the goldfish would more than likely eat them being that much bigger! I would keep it at just the goldfish really Wink

Ponds don't need decorations either, so I would just leave it barebottom and not add anything asides from the plants. If you have weeds, you could always keep some separately in an empty bucket or tank and let it grow, so that you'd always have a supply to replace any eaten plants. Smiley

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Heard back from my friend this is what they say;

"The rule of thumb is 1 inch of fish to 1 sq ft so if the fish is 3 inch then it needs 3 sq ft, a outdoor tank with good filtration, at a guess not knowing fully how many and of which sort about 4500l but bigger is always better."

Perhaps if you let me know what types of each fish you have i.e. fancy, single tail? I'll ask them, because if they're mostly single tailed they will need a bigger pond again once they've grown, or you'll have to re-home some Smiley
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snow25699j
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Re: Outdoor tank construction
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2012, 08:11:58 AM »

Ok... I live in southern India, and the re-homeing thing just might not work out here...
Update:
Due to snake problems(one had shed it's skin in my garden...) the construction plan is as following:
One tank with roughly the same size as the tank they are in now(400-500 gallons)
One tank half the size of the first one(200-250 gallons)
And both of then connected by a hole in the wall.

Fishes:
1 black moor
3 commons
1 shubkin(one died)
and the rest fancy tailed

The place is a location where the first tank will get evening sun, and the connected one late afternoon sun.
I heard goldfish tanks don't need a high tank but more of a long one or something. So what dimensions might suit best?
Also, what size should the connecting hole be?
(deadly snakes over here so the the second tank is more of a safety feature...)
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Skwishee
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Re: Outdoor tank construction
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2012, 02:56:53 PM »

Heya, got in touch with my friend and they said this;

"the commons are the main issue here because they can grow to quite a hefty size so the hole would have to be quite large, if they live in southern india they could grow up to two ft, because of the conditions these fish can grow to some very big sizes in warmer climates, we have very cold winters here which slows there growth rate, the other fish would be happy in there but the commons will out grow that tank eventually, and he will have to consider expanding or rehoming the commons, also they could try some fine mesh or net over the pond to protect from snakes. in warm climates two ft is deep enough, and the bigger the surface area the better it will be."

Hope this helps!

As for the two ponds joining hole? Why not just build one massive pond rather than two smaller ones? I'm not sure how different sized ponds will help with snakes? Wouldn't snakes drown in the water anyway or can they swim?
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