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Old 04-10-2006, 03:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Who does tubbing? What region are you in? What species of plants and fish do you put out? What time of year do you put out your tubs? What equipment, if any, do you use?
I thought it would be nice to share personal experiences with tubbing, and this forum seemed to be the best fit.
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I live in northern New Jersey and I keep tub gardens in my yard. I keep a momo botan lotus and some mosquito fish in one....and this year I am going to try a tropical water lily when the weather gets warmer. I also have a pond with a hardy water lily and I fill it up with a lot of tropical marginals in late May....parrots feather, some rush, papyrus, taro, etc.
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I have a half whiskey barrell tub. I'm in Central, MD. I put the plants and fish out about mid May and they stay there until late September. I use Phyllanthus fluitans and Water Hyacinth for plants. I don't do feeding, water changes, or have any filtration on the tub. All of the fish come out looking better than ever at the end of the season.
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I have a half whiskey barrel tub and a 55 gal preform pond in Chester County (Southeast) PA. My tubs are out year round. No filtration or circulation. I get an algae bloom for about 1-2 weeks in spring as things warm up but when all the plants get growing, it quickly goes away.

The barrel has a Nymphaea 'Indiana' waterlily and some cabomba. I usually put guppies in for mosquito control when the water temp gets above 50. No heater in the barrel liner. It gets full sun and it has never frozen solid (although the guppies usually die at about 50-55 'F).

The 55 gal. pond has a Nymphaea 'James Brydon' waterlily, Sag. subulata, narrowleaf cattail, aquatic forget-me-nots, and a couple of Iris as marginals.
Livestock are a half-dozen fancy goldfish offspring. I put a farm cattle watering trough heater I got from Agway in the pond to overwinter the goldfish.

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I want to start a tub garden this year. Hey jim, you keep sag. subulta in yours? How you plant it? Do you leave it out in the winter?
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I grow my Sag in a regular black plastic nursery pot in plain garden (mineral) soil. Don't use potting soil that's high in organic matter, it rots and make a bloody mess. The Sag flowers every year, puts out a ton of runners, and each spring I have to rip out a bucketful because plantlets and seedlings come up in all my other plants.

Yes, I leave my liner out all winter. It's not in a whiskey barrel, just out on the deck. During the winter it freezes over and around the sides but with a full day's sun it pretty well thaws out again. It's never frozen through yet. I've actually also have another nursery container without holes about half its size I put in the garage because it would freeze completly through if I left it out.

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Aaron, what fish do you put out? A local fish store owner (a good fish store) and I were talking about tubbing the other day. He loves killies, and was wondering if you could put them out, even in PA, once it is summer time?
I'm tubbing for the first time this year. I plan on putting gups out as well as some species platies.
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Here in Malaysia we don't have to worry about the cold and can have the tubs year round. My tubs are in my balcony where they only get a few hours of early morning sun each day. Since the water is only about a foot deep, it's not a good idea to have it sitting out in the sun the whole day where the temperature can rise quite significantly.

I have all sorts of plants in the tubs, mainly floating plants such as water hyacinth and water lettuce. There's java fern, java moss, various echinodorus, anubias, lilies, crypts as well. I also dump quite a lot of my stem plants into the tubs after trimming from my planted aquariums. There's floating riccia as well. I'm also growing water chestnut and arrow heads too.

All of them have guppies to feed on the mosquito larvae that will undoubtedly be present. They are only fed once in a while but seem to be doing well and are actively multiplying.

At the moment, the tubs don't have any equipment but I'm planning to add filtration to improve the water quality and provide water circulation.

I fertilize about once a week to ensure that there are no nutrient deficiencies.

Problems include caterpillars eating leaves and various other insect pests that affect the emerse growth.
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