Yes today we put fish in the pond. Yes I know a lot of people say to go with fish-less cycling of the system first, but since I still don’t have the grow beds filled with the gravel yet it is basically just a fish pond. So we went and picked up 10 gold fish. The water has been in the pond for a week or so and we have had several inches of rain so I think the tap water has been conditioned already. I constructed a biological filter around the the pump and made a aerator.
Here is the filter I constructed by placing the pump in a milk crate full of shredded polypropylene rope.
Here I have secured the outlet of the pump with more PVC pipe zip tied to the sides of the milk crate.
Using a mesh laundry bag to act as a pump sock.
The stand pipe can be seen here , will be cut to size when I plumb it into the flood tank. I am thinking that I will need to band the flood tank and probably the grow beds also. This is because they are constructed of thin wall plastic,and I am sure they will bulge. I think that I will use ratchet straps to do this.
of the onion and celery.