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Tank alternatives to housing goldfish?

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Hi I know getting an aquarium looks good in the home but they're really expensive and are limited in size. What else can I use for growing and breeding goldfish in and around the home? Can I get a paddling pool or a massive bucket to put the goldfish in my garage? Is this possible to store fish in? I have seen some of these types of setups before and I was wondering if you could share your ideas.

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That is definitely a legitimate idea. Quite a lot of people have indoor ponds. There are some videos on youtube of people using paddling pools and buckets and stock tanks etc. Check it out.

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Several members have alternative containers - like kiddie pools - in their basements and garages. Best, of course, is an outdoor pond at least for some of the year. Check out some of the pond threads in that section of the forum.

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Bodoba (a member of the mod team), has an indoor pond setup in her basement. Frankly if it is food safe, water tight, and large enough, you could use it to house goldfish. :)

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You can vet good deals on preformed ponds at Lowe's and home depot at the end of the season. Tractor supply also has an awesome 300 gallon tub but its nearly as expensive as a nice tank. Although that massive gallonage is awesome.

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Please remember that what may be available in the US, isn't always available in the UK (and importing huge stock tanks etc is hugely expensive). I don't think we have home depot and lowes.

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Most of the stuff mentioned will be available in the UK. Another alternative is water troughs used for horses, cattle, etc. Produce stores usually sell cheap plastic ones that are perfectly safe for fish.

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It's available but not from the stores above, often we would have to go online and get them from specialist stores. I know B & Q and Homebase (two of our big DIY stores) don't sell anything near big enough.

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A wading pool and a preformed pond is what I used in my basement last year as containers for my pond fish.

Feeding troughs for livestock is another choice. Even the metal ones are designed to be rustproof since they are galvanized and used outdoors.

Poly stock tanks are another option if you have lots of room, they come in various sizes and you can cut off the top and use it like a pond no problem. :)

Another option would be to make a plywood tank and use it as a pond :)

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Another option would be to make a plywood tank and use it as a pond :)

This is probably the most cost-effective method. Make a sturdy box using 2x4s and 3/4" plywood, then line w/ a flexible pond liner. You can make it any size your floor can handle!

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You can also paint a waterproof liner on there which is cheaper than pond liner. :)

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If you wanted something more permanent and long lasting you could make a huge half height shower stall. Create a frame out of 2x4 timber and then sheath with plywood, as large as you wish. Coat lightly with thinset cement and then add a waterproof membrane such as Detra. We can get it at Home Depot, but there must be something similar in the EU. Tile using thinset. The detra membrane is waterproof and will last a long time. The tiles will be very easy to clean.

One chap here in Toronto did just this to his whole basement and added an alligator. This, to protect his precious stash of marijuana. I believe there was some small fire and the police came to investigate. They were unsure why the complete basement was flooded, until 2 green eyes lit up in the darkness.

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Stock tank = water trough. It's your best bet for an indoor fish pond because it's designed to hold water long term.

Kiddie wading/paddling pools can work, but they are not as sturdy as the above.

People discard old bathtubs, and these can be converted to a pond.

Yes, you can build one, but you had better know what you are doing to get enough strength to handle the outward pressure of the water. This is not a cheap alternative compared to a water tank. Liners are expensive, and you use a lot of lumber.

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