My Whiskey Barrel Pond
We move our house plants out to the side deck every year. We pot some annuals from the garden center and cluster everything together. I thought I try a whiskey barrel pond this year.
I got a 1/2 Whiskey Barrel from Home Depot. I tried to "age" it for a month. I alternated filling & emptying it. But it was still leaching a whiskey smelling carbon film. So I decided to line it and go from there.
1st - I cut a pc of foam carpet pad to fit the bottom to gepl prevent snags/tears.
2nd - I laid in a double thickness of plastic sheeting, the a layer of black plastic from a heavy duty 70gal trash bag.
3rd** - You can see a white strap, that's nylon packing strapping. I used a staple gun to run a strap over the plastic to hold it in place
4th - added 1" of washed play sand. I use bricks to ebate the clay pots I plant in. The sand will also help prevent tearing the plastic liner.
When I set-up we were/are having some cool nights 45 to 50degrees. I added a 300w heater. I made a lid from a 3/4" thick pc of isolation foam to help over night. You can see the old HOB I added. I remove all filter media when I use a HOB and replace with 10PPI foam. I also cut a pc to cover the intake.
That's my Black Mission fig just behind and draping over. Nest to it is a Mango I found growing in my compost bin about 4-5yrs ago.
The 4 pots with the white labels are 4 Buce sp. cuttings from my adult plants. In front of them are 3 pots of C.Nurri. Behind a Florida Sunset (C. Wenditti) and C. Keei. The Crypts are also yping plants from my other tanks. There's a pot of hygrohpila corymbosa 'siamensis' cuttings too.
Not visible are a some baby Java Needle and Red on driftwood and a red lotus.
Today we hit 97 here, water temps 82 on the surface, pretty cool towards the bottom. The barrel has sunlight from 7am to 2pm. that is all not direct as I have some mature trees that filter and block the sun at various times.
I have some bricks and a plastic grate to help elevate the pots. As the plants grow I cam lower them. This also overs shade/hiding for 12 Cherry barbs and 4 zipper loaches
** The strap was a bit more involved, I can go into detail idd someone needs the info.