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      inflatable swimming pools for indoor pond...

      Does anyone use inflatable swimming pools, or any kind of pools for that matter, inside to overwinter fish? I have searched indoor ponds, and see lots of neat ones built but don't want to spend the money on the wood materials. We were thinking of maybe using one of the swimming pools in our basement. We have a cement floor so weight isn't a concern. How big would we have to go for 10 koi (8-15inches) and 1 goldfish? How many gallons would be "ok" without water quality issues? Also, would like to see pictures of different styles etc.

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      Roddy has a great set up in his downstairs. His Koi are huge. I really enjoyed seeing it this summer.
      Maybe he will see this and give you some info.

      Roddy's pool is not inflatable.
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      its a bit off season, if you do a search for dates from fall to a couple weeks past new years day, on the forums. you should get a few threads. detailing about swimming pools. more so in the pond and construction forum.

      you can keep any amount of fish in any amount of water, its all about the filteration. sadly there are problems with to little filteration.

      what ever bio you have for outdoor pond, have atleast that same amount indoors, for the same amount of fish. if possible design around so you can pull media of outside pond and bring it inside.

      if you end up planing to heat the indoor pond. suggest putting extruded styrofoam under it.

      a net to place over it.

      pending on tempatures a dehumdifier or exhuast fan to the outside would be recommended.

      if you are a big fan of trying to get the fish to stay a given color, suggest looking into lighting.

      would suggest a skimmer, even in doors you can get like an oil streak going across the top of the water. ((normally cheap foods, or medicane or other additaves to the water))

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      inflatable swiming pools. all it takes is a pin hole and you can kiss all the water by by.

      as summer ends and fall begins, good deals normally show up for swimming pools.

      some kits come with a sand filter, that you could modify into a bead filter.

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      Rudy has an indoor pool in his garage. It is not inflatable but kinda same thing
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      Look into the metal frame pools versus the inflatable ring pools!
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      Quote Originally Posted by boggen
      If you end up planing to heat the indoor pond. suggest putting extruded styrofoam under it.

      pending on tempatures a dehumdifier or exhuast fan to the outside would be recommended.

      if you are a big fan of trying to get the fish to stay a given color, suggest looking into lighting.

      Hi boggen:

      We are redoing our pond (its 12 -13 years old) this fall and will be bringing in our kids, 4 koi 22-24 ", for winter for the first time and putting them in our basement in a 6' showtank with cover. You mentioned the styrofoam to keep the kids warmer. Our basement is cement with radiant heating. What would you recommend to put under the showtank? I can currently regulate the temperature to exactly what I want but I don't want to get any holes in the showtank.

      And....you mentioned lighting. I have some flouracent lighting down there but mostly other lighting that I light better for working down there. I thought I read somewhere that you should use the grow lite bulbs. Is this right or what should I use to keep the koi color? By the way, my showtank is black, like the pond ( I got that thinking it would be less stress on them with any color change when originally purchased in spring for a hospital tank ).

      thanks,

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      honestly no clue on the lighting, if they are pond mutts, then it prolly not a big deal. but if you have high quailty fish, i'am not the person to ask.

      radiant heating...hhmmsss

      pur your tank / pool / pond on top of the concrete, and forget about it.

      if you have carpet or something on the floor would suggest laying down 6 mil plastic then putting your tank / pool / pond on top of the plastic. it may help with spills, and clean up. come spring time when ya take it all down.

      another thing to note about carpet. don't be putting the tank / pool / pond on a seam of the carpet, there might be tack strips at the seam. check the seam for tack strips before putting anything down. it is doubtfull but ya never know.

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      If you are thinking of doing this every year you may want to put the time and money into the wood/liner one. I have a blow up one currently in my sunroom. It's on a temporary basis and I'm not planning on using it every year. I don't think I would trust it for more than a winter or two. And if you do get a leak it's going to be a problem in January to find a replacement pool. I have the 10' blow up ring one, that's about 1000g. As far as styles it's going to be dependent on what you can find this time of year. As mentioned though, filtration is everything. I only have 4 koi and some goldfish, things get bad I can chuck the goldies.

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      I've used one of those with the blow up ring on the top for a quarantine pond this year. The pool liner itself is pretty heavy duty like a heavy duty tarp. You inflate the top ring and the sides rise as the pool fills with water. I think its a 13ft diameter. I got it at Home Depot at the end of the summer for $50 regular priced at $200. Personally, I think that this would work fine for indoor use provided you had the space and proper filtratration. I also used one of the rectangular shaped pools where the whole thing was inflatable for a seperate quarantine tank. The liner was a little thinner and it wasn't as deep as the round one with the inflatable top ring. But depending on your fish load it might work. I quarantined 6 small fingerlings for about 4 months outside without any problems.

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      Thanks for your replies. We were thinking one of the metal ones with the vinyl sides. I have seen them on ebay, but haven't purchased yet. Was wondering if it is feasible. We have 9 koi between 9 & 15 inches (give or take a couple inches) and one butterfly about 15 inches and one goldfish. We were thinking of using the pool filter and possibly bringing in our pump from the pond hooked into a rubbermaid tote of some sort. What do you all think? IF we built a wooden one, approx how much would it coast for materials? I know liner would be the largest expense.

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      I think the metal frame pools are great for QT, overwintering etc. I think you should get at least a few good years, if not more out of them. Throw out or sell that paper pool filter. It's garbage for our purpouses. The higher end upgrades come with a sand filter which you could do a retro on...
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