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Hi all. I have a HUGE pond coming soon (within the next few years). It will be roughly 27,000 gallons probably less because of its odd size. So I needed compatability advice.

It will consist of an outdoor pond, having multiple shelves all the way from 1ft to 6-7 feet deep. It is strictly south American biotope with an exception to the bog plants. I am planning on lots of hornwort and Echinodorus species along with some Ludwigia and hair grass. Some mangroves for the shallows, and LOTS of driftwood and a large 1ft deep bog. Lilly pads, hyacinth, and water lettuce will be in the pond as well.



As for the fish, I definitely wanted 3-5 silver arowana.

The smaller fish I was not so sure about. With all the hiding places for them I think they would be fine with the arowana. I was looking into

Discus

Angelfish (scalare)

Cardinal tetra

Apistogrammas

If you have any other suggestions let me know, but I need them to be South American, but no FW rays as I will be in the pond for maintenance.

I also need a lot of algae eaters. I will size my filter based on my fish population.



Thanks in advance, if you need any more information let me know, but I have not figured out everything yet. -Alex M
 

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good luck enjoying your discus in a pond. Not much to see from thee top, but imagine diving into it and swimming with them.
Actually why I wanted to make this pond is because I love snorkeling but I can't go on vacation that often, and this will let me see more natural behaviors of the fish than what we see in aquariums.
 

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Cool that you will soon have a pond. I am sure that this is a great responsibility. Recently I had my own aquarium and it was very difficult for me to pick up fish, since I did not know how long they live. I had to spend a huge amount of time to get acquainted with different types of fish, as well as what they eat, their lifespan, what species can be kept together, and so on. Also, I had to be very creative while decorating the aquarium, as well as selecting all the necessary mechanisms to support it. And you have a whole pond ... I'm sure it will take you a lot of time and effort. But in any case, I'm sure you will succeed. Good luck! Please send photos of your final result
 

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Gabrielle, sorry, but the original discussion is from 2015. You are unlikely to get a response. But welcome to APC!
 

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I could to look and find dozens of nice articles about pond liners, but maybe the most informative, with pros and cons of each model I could find here at the best pond liner comparison article. Model called Anjon LifeGuard 45 Mil EPDM looks like one of the best there. Have you tested it by yourself?
 

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I could to look and find dozens of nice articles about pond liners, but maybe the most informative, with pros and cons of each model I could find here at the best pond liner comparison article. Model called Anjon LifeGuard 45 Mil EPDM looks like one of the best there. Have you tested it by yourself?
45 mil epdm is the standard and pricey.
 
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