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I've been shopping around for stock tanks for my pond but the only black one I have been able to find is the Rubbermaid 300 gallon tank. I was hoping to get something bigger and was wondering if anyone has experience using a green or blue stock tank as a pond. What does it look like as it settles in and builds up biofilm?

 

I was able to find this video of a blue stock tank with green water (which I think looks ok). But if any of you have pictures of your ponds with non-black stock tanks I would love to see them :)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0AazxgHOxs

 

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The only difference I can think of would be that these tanks wouldn't get quite as warm as the black ones because the black ones seem to absorb more heat. (probably would only differ by a few degrees at most, though.) I think that any tank, from what I have seen, will look nice and green once it's established.

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Hi Kulukan,

I switched over to a green 700 gallon stock tank (Sharon recommended the color and brand) and I love it.  I would do the same color over again if I had to choose again.  I had a lot of dark colored fish that were virtually invisible in the 300 gallon black stock tank.  The green stock tank definitely gets more obvious algae, but in the summer I have so many plants in there that you don't see much of the bottom anyway except where the fish are and I can still see them much easier even with the algae.

Here are some photos.  The first is the 300 gallon black tank that was so hard to see some of my fish (you could always see Elmo the big orange one though :) ).

http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i322/Kayla102968/IMG_9551_zps8884d8f9.jpg

Here are my fish against the green pond:

http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i322/Kayla102968/IMG_0334_zpsbvcrdyym.jpg

Here is when we first set it up:

http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i322/Kayla102968/IMG_9722_zpsxubwzu2s.jpg

 

End of summer: 

http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i322/Kayla102968/IMG_1101_zpsghzld7xj.jpg

 

This is today...after almost a year of never scrubbing the algae.  I take all of my plants out over the winter so it is very bare.  With plants in it the bottom would blend in more.  However, if you like you can take a large deck broom and scrub the bottom off.  I think I will do this before adding my plants back in.  I don't think it will really be that difficult...but I can let you know how it turns out :).

http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i322/Kayla102968/IMG_3574_zpsevtl8k6u.jpg

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Here is a video of when it was first set up...I did not get any green water in this pond at all...even though every spring with the black pond I got green water. I'm not sure what was different except that I put a ton of plants in it this summer. So the water has always stayed

crystal clear. The only algae is on the walls and bottom of the tub.

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Thanks for the video! That looks really nice :) I'll have to wait to see the pictures until I get home later though. My work blocks photobucket :(

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The green/blue tanks look gorgeous new, and not so gorgeous was they get coated with irregular patches of algae.  

 

Here you can see a Rubbermaid in the first picture and a blue kiddie pool that has been set up a few weeks in the next two.  Now the pool is about 50% black/dark green.  You can still see all the fish regardless of color.

 

Some people use the blue tanks as show tanks, and keep them scrubbed so they look pretty and clean.  

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