Can someone point me to the Algae-101 post(s)?


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Are the fish still out of the pond? If so, let it drain down. Find the leak and repair it. You can't go on like this. That's a lot of water to be constantly adding. Plus the fact that you're stressing your fish in a couple ways. And it sounds like you're stressed as well. Fix it and be done with it.
 
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If you have open cinder blocks where the rubber is spanning across the opening with no other help or protection I would say you got lucky for ten years. the water will constantly be pushing the rubber into that void , stretching it and scraping it as it does
 
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You can easily kill the stuff growing on the center fountain by turning off the water and throwing some sodium percarbonate on it. Not bicarbonate, percarbonate. You can buy it on eBay. Leave it for about 2 hours then turn the water back on. In a few days, it will be gone. I would also throw a few cups in the pond and see if it can help. It works best if the area is wet but not underwater.
 
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I don’t know. Maybe a liquid rubber treatment... maybe putting a sand/Bentonite mix on the bottom and praying every night... ;)

I seriously don’t know. This has been mentally taxing to say the least. Too much work to replace the liner, that’s my last option.
one other possibility is to push with your hand into the liner if you find the spot where the water has been leaking it should feel softer then everywhere else
 
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It's either get a new liner or do this...
Let it drain down, locate the hole, determine it's size. Get all the water away from the hole and let it dry. Clean thoroughly. I'm guessing alcohol or peroxide won't harm anything. Buy a patch kit and follow it's instructions. I searched EPDM patch kit and came up with "The PondGuy" who had one that was 8" and self adhesive for $6.99. I had my doubts, but all the reviews were great.

I would check that there isn't an eroded hole under the liner hole. If so, find a way to fill it in. If you don't, the water pressure may push down on it and tear the patch.

And as with any patching or glue adhesion, the surface has to be hospital clean. Any speck of dirt or film won't allow for good adhesion.

Keep us posted...
 
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Years ago I had a leak and used a pond caulking that was supposed to fill leaks and work under water. That stuff was horrible and didn't work at all.
So dont waste your time or money on anything like that.
 
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Years ago I had a leak and used a pond caulking that was supposed to fill leaks and work under water. That stuff was horrible and didn't work at all.
So dont waste your time or money on anything like that.
If you want to skim on cost buy a patch kit for epdm and where so many here are so uncomfortable with the whole process i would recommend patching the patch. cut one patch about three or four inches larger then the rip or tear then place a patch that is at least 4 inches larger over the patch you just installed . If possible patch both sides of the hole. It's actually pretty easy
 
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I patched my 1000 gallon stock tank that way, a patch over the hole, then a patch over the patch. Then more goop on the edge of that patch, still holding many many years later.
 

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