Okay, it's a rough copy idea, but here it goes....
kiddy ponds, some are made shallow and wide. That is what I will be after! an easy to put up, take down, kinda pond. Now, understandably you'd want to keep large and small animals out, so mesh top will be in my best interest. I've seen youtubers show off their bettas in ponds, breeders with spawn ponds, grow out ponds, and even barrel bettas! So, let's say I added tons of live plants.... whether what I have, imported, bought from some great stores who care for their plants, or even some of the natural stuff in our lake (there will be a test for hardiness and such before even thinking of using it! don't worry.), and I'll supply the pool/pond with shrimp or snails when algae bursts...as it would in water outdoors! it'll be for summer only, and I'll make sure to have room for the females to come indoors =D
1. heater for the night? is it recommended? or is it the larger the water amount, the less heat is lost?
2. pump, or no pump? would I need to add a pump to their habitat? I will be doing water changes as I would for any tank :)
3. there are "20 gallon pop up ponds" that float around time to time for dirt cheap, barely or never used, second hand. would it be better to get that over a kiddy pool?
4. any warnings, precautions, no-no's?
5. any encouragement, tips, and tricks? =D
6. oh, before I forget...weather changes? it IS alberta. it's easy enough to scoop and move if needed, in kiddy pools and smaller ponds. but what about rain and stuff? leave it be? cover?
"why?" well, I noticed how nicely my gals flourished getting a whole 9 gallon difference...moved from 4 gals in a 20 to 4 in a 29! how big they got, the colors that came out that I never knew they had! they didn't have a filter for a while in the 29, nor a light except the natural light from my window. moving, they are always getting sunlight from an open window (screen is the only thing in the way!), they have a filter, and a heater. a heater I could even use for the pool if I had to :p I would like to have them outside in the summer.
edit: I also have a balcony...