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would a kiddie pool work for small pet bass #14585772 01/04/23 07:33 PM
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would a kiddie pool work for small pet bass? Anyone have any other ideas for a small pond like that?

Re: would a kiddie pool work for small pet bass [Re: N. D. L.] #14586514 01/05/23 02:45 PM
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Sure. Bass handle aquaria fine so long as their dietary requirements are met (>40% protein <10% lipid feed and/or live minnows) and the water is kept clean, a kiddie pool should be no different. I'd study up on solids filters, biological filters, and UV sterilizer recirculation systems to ensure long-term success (some literature here: https://srac.tamu.edu/categories/view/24).

You can also physically dig a small pond basin and line it with plastic pond liner (rigged with the same filters mentioned above). This would look a little nicer since you could shape the edges how you like. Or just make a basin the kiddie pool will fit in and be done with it. If you're really wanting to get creative, you can build up your filter plumbing to discharge above the pool, then arrange some decorative rock around the discharge pipe to conceal it, then epoxy or grout, whatever, the rocks into place so that you make a cool little water fall into the pool (good for oxygenation and de-gassing along with aesthetics).

You'll likely need to scrub the sides every once and a while to keep algae down but the filters and UV sterilizer will help keep this down a bit.

Bass will standout badly over a blue kiddie pool background and shallow clear water; birds may become a problem that might require net or wire mesh covering to solve. Bass are jumpers too; the pool will need to be covered if it is elevated off of the ground at all.


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Don't do that to that fish.

Re: would a kiddie pool work for small pet bass [Re: N. D. L.] #14650535 03/05/23 10:18 AM
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This is a koi pond my wife and I built. Fun project, pretty easy. Would be a great small bass pond.

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Well done

Re: would a kiddie pool work for small pet bass [Re: N. D. L.] #14663007 03/17/23 01:27 PM
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Know someone who couldn't keep snakes out of the pond built next to the patio...dont worry, your are probably miles away from a lake....and its not close to the the house or garage so no need to worry about pet bass.

Re: would a kiddie pool work for small pet bass [Re: ToasterWEyes] #14667267 03/21/23 08:21 PM
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This is a koi pond my wife and I built. Fun project, pretty easy. Would be a great small bass pond.


I know it is to late to ask but did you mix any fiber in your concrete?

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You will need aeration.

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Pet bass... hmmm

Re: would a kiddie pool work for small pet bass [Re: olefisher] #14793369 07/29/23 01:31 PM
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This is a koi pond my wife and I built. Fun project, pretty easy. Would be a great small bass pond.


I know it is to late to ask but did you mix any fiber in your concrete?


Yes, I did add some fiber into the mix.


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