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  1. Hey All! I'm thinking about having a small pond, beginning next spring. I'm a planner, so I'm already thinking it through and have some questions for you pond pro's out there. I have 8 fancy goldfish. I plan on rotating weekly and keeping 2-3 indoors, and 5-6 outside in the pond. The reason I want a pond is because I want my goldfish's colors to strengthen, and I have seen so many accounts of large, healthy, colorful fish that are in ponds out in the sunlight. Below are some questions I have, and am asking for opinions as well: 1. What do you guys think about this one below. It fits the size I'm looking for, and I think it's affordable: 2. This will be above ground, right up next to a raised deck. It will get direct sunlight at noon. I live in Ohio, and in the summer it can get in the upper 90's. Any chance of the water overheating in an above ground 170 gal container? 3. I think I'll probably bring everyone inside during the winter, so I won't need to worry about a heater during the winter. But what about spring and fall? Sometimes the temp can dip into the 50's during the night and climb back to the 70's during the day. Since this pond will be above ground... will the temp fluctuation be unhealthy for the fish? Should I still get a heater and set it to 70 so the temp doesn't lower at night? 4. Filtration -- I plan on using a submersible pump that draws water through a flatbox full of ceramic beads and a filter pad, and then I'll direct the output towards the surface to promote surface agitation. Below is what I'm thinking, does this look good? *I would remove the pre-filter piece and attach it to the flat box. 5. I'll probably drain 50-80% of the water weekly and replace it. 6. I'll cover the pond with sturdy netting unless I'm outside. I live in a neighborhood without any water near by, and I have dogs that are frequently outside, but I'd still worry about some bird finding the pond. Is netting usually sturdy enough? Or should I get chicken wire or chain link fencing and secure it with that on a wooden frame? Thanks for reading my long post. If anyone has any suggestions or opinions, please let me know as this would be my first pond and I'm hoping to avoid beginners mistakes. Thanks!!!!
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