Thanks for all of your responses!
The pool filter will filter out junk but it doesn't keep enough bb to do much good.
What is bb? Sorry
Agreed, get a pond filter instead of a pool filter. They will grow the bacteria needed to hold a cycle. Pics of the pond?
So to confirm, You all think I should get a pond *filter* and not a pond "pump". Do you all think I could just get a pond pump and continue to run the pool filter? That way there is increased water flow and the water will still all be filtered through the pool filter. Sidenote: I'm also planning on building a waterfall to increase oxygenation and water flow. I will take some pics tonight and post.
I'm curious what you used to "condition" the water.
Often pools have calcium,copper and other things that could be troublesome for fish.
I'll admit that for the gallons the stocking is low but the first thing you should see is ammonia.
You should check out seachem Safe as an affordable alternative to Prime(they are the same thing.
Also like Marshall mentioned waterchanges are basically out of the question
I treated the water with Top Fin Pond Water Conditioner. It's description is as follows.
"Top Fin Pond Water Conditioner
Keep your pond water conditioned with Top Fin Pond Water Conditioner. Help neutralize ammonia, chloramines and chlorine, while removing heavy metals.
Top Fin items can help support the well-being of your aquatic pets and the beauty of their environment. Only at PetSmart. Features: Improves fish slime coat Includes: 1 - Bottle of Pond Water Conditioner Environment: Ponds Caution: Keep out of reach of children. Instructions: Use when adding tap water to a new or existing pond. For best results, mix the appropriate dosage of pond water conditioner with tap water before adding to the pond. If also adding bacteria supplement, allow water to circulate for at least 15 minutes before adding the bacterial product. Directions for Use: 60 US gal (227.1 L) 15 mL 480 US gal (1,817 L) 120 mL"
Full water changes are out of the question, but we lose quite a bit to evaporation, so we do add fresh
water once or twice a week.
I have two different test kits, and I used both this morning. They each gave the same results except for the water hardness.
GH- one test said 60, one test said 230
The conditioner said that it takes care of heavy metals. Is there anything else I should be testing for?
The stock is low, but I will be slowly growing the school over time.