This year for his birthday, MacGyver asked for a birthday gift that is slightly outside of the box. He asked for a fish pond for our backyard. In our post GIVEAWAY: A Little Birthday Math Outside of the Box, I share how MacGyver researched and planned for his pond. We’re not pond experts so we visited local water garden centers and interviewed others who already have a pond. Join us as we create our simple backyard pond . . .
1. Select Your Tank
- MacGyver has coveted Aunt Joyce’s fish pond for many years, so he selected a galvanized tank just like hers.
2. Fill Tank with Water
3. Treat Water with Conditioner to Remove Chlorine, Chloramine, Ammonia and Heavy Metals
- It was recommended we let the water sit for at least 24 hrs before adding any fish.
Disclaimer! Next, we should have added our water plants, especially the oxygenating plants. But MacGyver COULD NOT wait to get his fish so we broke down and let him buy five little goldfish.
4. Add Fish, letting them first adjust to the water temperature (about 30 minutes).
5. Release the Fish! Big Excitement!
Now, time to add the plants! Generously, Aunt Joyce offered MacGyver water plants from her ponds.
MacGyver collected the very important oxygenating plants and a variety of plants of different shapes and textures.
Even better, Aunt Joyce let him collect a few handfuls of snails!
When Mrs. Spider moves out of the Blue Flag Iris, Aunt Joyce will also give MacGyver some of these beautiful plants for his pond.
7. Add Oxygenating Plants
8. Add the Snails
9. Pot Pond Plants
- We used potting soil in plastic pots.
- We first added rocks to the bottom of the pot to stop the pots from floating around in the water.
- We also topped the soil with small rocks to keep the potting soil in the pots.
10. Add the Pond Plants and Watch Your Plants and Fish Grow!
It shouldn’t surprise me, but I have been shocked at how MacGyver has “tamed” his goldfish. They eat from his hands and come to the top of the water to greet him throughout the day. They swim through his hands like little obstacle courses. MacGyver has named each goldfish and knows their unique markings. I can’t help myself, I am completely fascinated by my little nature boy!
Aunt Joyce has given MacGyver a little homeschool assignment for his journal. She asked him to research the scientific names for each of the pond plants she gave him. One helpful website we found is AQUAPLANT by the Texas A&M System. “Whoop!”