My humble outdoor pond :)

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Just sharing my humble outdoor pond of which I hardly have time to take care of. Surprisingly though, the inhabitants flourish in there regardless of the lack of filtration. All I have in there is a 2.5hp water pump for constant water flow over some japmats for bio. Other than that, a bi monthly flush of 90% water change. I actually don't know how much water the pond holds, it is over 20 years old. The current stock is: 3 alligator gars which I introduced as 5" babies around two years ago. They are currently around 30-36", each tile is 6"x6" for reference and very thick. Actually as thick if not thicker than my forearm. I also have 3x channa micro peltes in there that are 20-24" that I put in as babies during the beginning of the year. I had a bigger trio in there last year but unfortunately those didn't make it when I placed them in a holding tub during the past winter. Somehow, jumped out of it(2 feet clearance). Last but not least, the oldest inhabitant is a 10+ year old red ear slider than has been in there. Here are some pictures I snapped up from the second level balcony. There was also a bunch of red belly piranhas around 5-6" that I put in there before but they all disappeared.. :x

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Thanks, this pond was originally constructed over 20 years ago as a two tier with a waterfall part of the landscaping backyard section of the my house. I have shut off the waterfall portion and only kept the bottom part running with minimal maintenance. Had to make use of what was here in place already but no I didn't make it myself.
 
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very cool pond. Thanks for sharing.
 

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No better pictures of the gars yet. I'll look into getting a GoPro sometime soon. I don't venture into my backyard enough because there is a **** ton of mosquitoes (tiger banded ones) which make it a big hassle to stay out there longer than necessary lol. I view from my second floor balcony to avoid getting bit.
 

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It looks pretty good for it to receive the kind of attention that you have described.I wonder what became of those red bellies,the gar probably took them out.
 

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I'm glad you pointed that out K krichardson this was right after a 90% flush. Usually it gets pretty dark and cluttered with debris. It doesn't seem to affect the inhabitants negatively either. i do think the gars took out the rbp for sure. they were big enough where I don't think the snakeheads were able to swallow them but I may wrong. The gars take down 5-6" feeders with ease.
 

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Too bad you can't go out there and enjoy the pond more often.Those mosquitos sound like they can really lay a hurting on a person.
 
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