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Old 09-01-2019, 10:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So we're moving to a new house and the master bath has separate tub and shower. The tub is surrounded on 3 sides by walls and window and I'm thinking it would make a cool "above ground" indoor pond. I'm estimating it's 50 - 75 gallons.

Looking at this filter: Aqua Scape Pond Filter Urn

https://www.amazon.com/Aquascape-770...ilter+urn&th=1

I can maybe open the drain to empty old water and turn on the faucet to add new. Is this crazy???
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Maybe a little crazy but definitely fun. First you will need to test the drain. Most bathtub drains do not seal tightly--enough for a bath but not enough to hold water 24/7. You may need to put a rubber drain stopper over the existing drain.

Do you want to have plants? If so, will the window provide enough light? How big is the window and which direction does it face? A big south facing window might be enough.

If the window doesn't give enough light, is there a way to hang a light fixture over the tub? Some of the 48" LED shop light fixtures are surprisingly bright, and are available in 6500K color temperature recommended for aquarium lights. Or you could use an aquarium or hydroponic light fixture.

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Don't forget safety! An aquarium is very rarely grounded, but all metal bathtubs are grounded, so if you touch a live wire while in contact with the tub you can be seriously injured at best. Every electric portion of the set-up has to go through a ground fault circuit interrupter to make sure no one gets shocked. I also doubt that a bathtub could be relied on to continuously hold water for weeks at a time. You could put a wood platform on top of the tub, and use that as a stand for a glass or acrylic tank and be more likely to be successful.
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The tub is plastic, I hope that makes it safer. This will be for my four jikin goldfish who live in the same size tank. Probably I'd get the larger size filter and add a sponge filter too.

It will be bare bottom with some potted aquatic plants, the window is huge with glass blocks.
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My only concern is soap and cleaning products splashing in the tub. The humidity in the bathroom will be constantly high too so it might not be too good.

For the drain, it might be easier jam a PVC pipe in and seal it off with epoxy butty. Use the pipe as an overflow down the drain.

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I really hope this works, and you post photos. Actually, when I first saw the title of your thread I thought it would be spam and was ready to delete it. I'm glad it wasn't!

What direction does the window face? This makes a lot of difference. If you have enough light, any of the small tropical water lilies grown in aquaria should do well and even flower.
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