I live in a 2×1 villa with my partner. It has one common wall with another villa in our complex, and a small atrium style thing in the middle of this wall. When we moved in, it had a few pieces of astroturf and a LOT of sand. We figured it’d make a great project to turn it into something special and the atrium took on a whole new meaning in our minds.

6 months later, it still has a lot of sand.

We have, however, actually begun to do something with it! It’s all about the small wins.

We bought a giant plastic tub from Bunnings with the intent of turning it into a pond. We filled it with water, and put a pot on bricks with a plant in it on top. It wasn’t what we’d hoped for.

So we moved the pot, and headed to a nursery for inspiration. We found it in Fairy Lights – Isolepis cernua. It looked so beautiful, chilling out in the pond with all the other water plants, and we decided to make it the star of our atrium [so many possible puns! SO MANY!]. With the help of the informative Waldecks assistant, we bought moss, a few other plants and a pump, and headed home like a fat kid anticipating cake.

There were a few pallets lying around our place, so we pulled the wood off one of those to create a frame for the pond. Once the frame was there, we watered it, and split the moss around it. Four days later, and it’s still going strong.ImageThe plastic ducks from Pete’s mum. Heehee!

The pump’s working pretty well. We managed to find a solar powered one ❤ Awesome – we don’t have an outdoor socket, it’s more environmentally friendly, and cheaper on our electricity bill. Not so awesome – it stops working at night/when it’s cloudy/there’s no sun (no duh, but I hadn’t fully thought that through). It’s worth it but!

The mosquitoes love it. I’m sure our pond came to be known as the local hospital, where all the female mosquitoes came to lay their eggs. This, as well as the rapid increase in algae, pushed me to buy fish faster than what I’d originally planned. So far, we have two fantails (Carassius auratus) and one shubunkin, and they seem to be going well…they’re not eating as much as I’d like them too, but we’ll see how they go before I go crazy and find an excessive amount of fish 😛ImageI was thinking of adding mosquitofish? They would certainly enjoy the larvae!