Janie's Tub Pond


This my tub pond. It was my great grandparents' clawfoot bath tub. It has been in my yard since they passed away many years ago. I have wanted it to be a pond for several years. It was my birthday present this year.
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My husband laid electricity and a plug so its foot pump cord would reach. We capped off the extra side of the faucet and put an adapter on the other side. That way we could attach the clear tubing to the small fountain pump in the tub.
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The waterlily is the tropical waterlily, 'Tina.' I planted it in a shallow 2 gallon pot.
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I bought 7 goldfish from the bait store so they can eat any aphids and mosquito larva.
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The small white flowers are called 'Snowflake.' The goldfish are much happier since the algae developed on the to the water's height. The tub has azaleas, honeysuckle and a Chinese Fringe plant around it.

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  • Bingo
    on May 23, 2016

    Love your tub garden!! Where is your pump? Does it circulate out the bottom drain?

  • Dye28614743
    on Aug 1, 2017

    I have done this with an old tub but my fish are dying. Is it because I painted the tub with pool paint?
  • Merilyn Parsons
    on Aug 10, 2018

    I'm not blessed with an old tub, but I'm thinking of doing this with an old row boat. I am stumped on how to blend it into my backyard scene.. any ideas, anyone?!

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