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  1. Whoops just realised I forgot to put Ltrs after the 16,000, I'm not planning on keeping 16,000 fish in a pool So I have been planning for a very long time (First dreamt about it 12 years ago) to build/buy a swimming pool which I can make completely fish friendly and sterile enough for NO Blue/green algae (The bacteria, not plant) for me to safely swim in. These are my plans and I hope you guys and girls will let me know your thoughts. This will be a basic tester for a future in-ground, landscaped version. The pool will be in Maryborough QLD and I am thinking of this one Bestway Above Ground Steel Frame Swimming Pool 5.5m | GTmall Online (Not sure about if the plastic is toxic though, if it is, I will need to construct one from pond liner) Filtration: A 5000ltr hr pump will pump the water up into a ICB 1000ltr water drum which will house the mechanical filtration (Sponge and Filterwool), This will then run from the ICB through a UV sterilizer and down to the other end of the pool. I will also have a pump for running a vacuum which I will use to clean the bare bottom pool. This will be done whenever needed (Expecting weekly) I have also been testing Copper sulphate as an algaecide and paracide, I would prefer not to use this but feel that I may need to keep it clear and safe, it will be at .15 - .2ppm (No catfish or shrimp, but other fish will be fine at this level) I don't plan on having a lot of fish compared to the volume of water so bio filtration will be from surface areas of the sponge and pool. PH will be 6.8 -7 and aerated by the water flowing back into pool Plants: Christmas moss will be the predominant plant, along with some elodea. Shading: Shade Cloth My biggest unknown is what fish I can keep in what times of the year. I chose the Fraser coast region to move to because it stays at a fairly reasonable temp year round, more to the point it does not have the extremes of Cairns or Victoria. I will be looking at setting this up in the next couple of months so if any of you have kept tropical fish outside during summer please let me know. My Ideal pool will be Guppys, Wild Discus, Neons and Apistos What I am likely to test for the first year is Guppys, Angels maybe some rainbows and then remove the angels and rainbows when things get cooler. There are a few people around who keep guppys all year round so I'm sure these will be fine, but not sure about other fish. Any thoughts? What would you keep if you had this in your backyard?
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