I've created a small water feature from a largish tub left over from the drought time - this is mainly for the bees as a water source, with a Lebanese Cress and Kangkong put into it in their pots.
It's in a relatively shady spot with some sun during the AM.
If "yes" to the fish...where's the best place to get my hands on some? and how many should I add? and do I need to feed the poor wee things once they're in?
Pacific Blue Eyes don't like still water. I found that out the expensive way. There are no native fish that I've heard of which have mouths small enough not to each much frog spawn - that may not be an issue for you. The fish I have used for years in old bathtubs for frog ponds, are Chinese White Cloud Mountain Minnows. They tolerate cold still water, they breed enthusiastically too. My guess would be 3 max and you feed them on fish food - the dried stuff you buy at an aquarium shop or supermarket. The local aquarium shop is the place to go and take their advice. You'll need some 'water weed' the kind which give off oxygen for the fish.
Scott has offered me some weed, or I can pick some up at the aquarium where I buy the fish. I've written down the name of the minnows, thanks Elaine, and hopefully can call in to an aquarium this week sometime.
I have one that Elaine kindly gave me, gurgling away in the weed tea. It works well....when the sun shines directly on the panels, but that seems to be enough to aerate the tea. The tea has definately improved for the having of it.
This little pond doesn't get much sun, a few hours late morning maybe. If I was to put a pump in it would have to be powered and I would rather not go to that trouble and expense. I would prefer to set it up so it's self sufficient if possible. I'm a lazy gardener and not technically minded :)
I got some Pacific Blue eyes last week from Neilsen's for a pot tall enough to keep the toads out with plant ladders for the frogs. Also a native water plant for the water. So far they all seem happy.
I got some kind of native gudgeon (sold as feeder fish in a pet shop (not the aquarium shop) on Stafford Road. Cost me all of $3 for 10 of them. Just chuck a bit of cheap charlie flake in every so few days. They should feed on the larve, the flake and green rubbish in the water. Mine were just to get my aquaponics system going.
Your big problem is that the tank is so small. Keeping fish is the opposite of what people instinctively do. If you were to buy a really big tank (which we never do - I mean, let's test it first with a small cheap one) then it's dead easy and stable. We all start with tiny tanks - it doesn't get harder than that! Then, we give up and say, too damn hard.
To be honest, I'd buy one real cheap feeder fish and chuck it in.
I'll keep my eyes and ears open for something bigger that's not too costly, but for the moment this serves the purpose of keeping two of my food plants alive and hopefully giving the bees some accessible water - I say hopefully, as I'm yet to see a bee anywhere near it! Don't know where they're getting their water at present as I don't see them at the birdbath either.
Thanks for the fish suggestions folks. Will try popping in to the local pet shops around here first.
i agree Andy one or two goldfish (feeder fish) at least she will be able to see them due to being a dark spot .and there cheap to boot and very tough as the blue eyes are very pricey for what they are.
Heading down to the creek at Youngs Crossing Rd after finishing with the client who lives near there, to see if I can net myself a few of the native fish.
Did you get any? I'm thinking of doing the same for the container containing the water chesnuts, primarily to stop mosquitoes from using it as a nursery. Too bad you're going native or those gambusia (which are in plague numbers in every pond around here) would do just fine. It's not like we're going to breed them and release more into the wild. Chances are those fish in the containers will be sacrificial.
I drove past the creek at Youngs Crossing then on to Bullockys Rest (north pine dam) and decided from the comfort of my moving vehicle that they weren't suitable spots.
Drove back to the pet shop at Strathpine, looking forward to staying dry and not running the risk of making a fool of myself in public chasing small fish in a damn with a small net....and the shop is gone.
They are for keeping the mosquito larvae down - anything would do including these Gambusia you talk about. There's an aquarium out Boondall (?) way, I'll check it out when I'm next out that way.
Try throwing in some bread and the gambusia should appear in no time. They can be easily scooped but you do have to be fast with the net. There are plenty of comfortable spots at Lake Samsonvale. And I find dressing in a ninja suit will greatly assist in increasing speed and hand eye coordination.
PS. If you do go fishing in a ninja suit, please take selfies and post. Thanks! :)