Converting a Swimming Pool into a pond.

Discussion in 'Newbies to Garden Ponds' started by Wolves at the Gate, Nov 21, 2016.

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    sissy sissy

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    We as ponders need to support a fellow ponder no matter what .They may learn the hard way but they need to give it a try .We can be there to guide them with there adventure .I remember my dads first pond with the water wheel on the side of the house and people called him nuts .Then the pond my dad and I built together it was fun and we learned from our mistakes .But it was bonding between a dad and his daughter .Believe me there were mistakes and I have made a lot in my day even with this pond .I don't call them mistakes I call them adjustments
     
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    Everyone really seems to doubt the idea that it will work for some reason, and I'm not sure why really. It holds water, its level, it's had more than 10 people swimming in it at one time, so what's the difference in having 10 fish in it?

    I'm 100% sure I'm gonna need a better pump, but what else is holding it back?
    Sure it's not the typical pond most would want, but I don't have many options, and climbing a deck doesn't bother me, hell everyone around here has to climb one to get the front door lol.
     
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    They say that the 'third time's the charm.

    Bump! Bump!

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    You strike out. We'll see.
     
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    Definitely not Walmart. Paid a pretty penny for it a few years ago.
     
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    Hey I have struck out 3 times because of moles and dogs so below grounds can fail also .I have not been a very lucky person with my pond .;)
     
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    Filters are going to be the biggest problem for you,
    look up
    1. retro bottom drains
    2. Skimmers
    3. Skippy filter
    on youtube, here in the DIY forums and in google; a samrt man learns from his mistakes, a wise man learns from other people's mistakes.
    Next problem is going to be the PVC liner getting hard in a few years, It'll develop leaks, it's just the nature of the PVC beast; your fish are going to be big when that happens, plan ahead. After that the flat bottom is going to be a PITA to clean.
     
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    sissy sissy

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    pool net will work for that and on you tube I saw a guy on there that had a neat filter set up a couple of weeks back .Pvc can last for awhile I have to agree with that .Look at me fish over 2 feet long and I have had to change my liner 3 times in the last 9 years .I guess I am one of the unlucky ones out there .I was wondering about those robot things they put in pools ,would they work out not .Now that a pool question has come up I thought I would ask
     
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    I think it should work I used a jacuzzi it's going great up to now
     
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    Lots of people have converted a swiming pool to a pond. You must change out your pump and filter however. NC weather is fine and the temperature in winter is mild. We lived in charlotte and had no problems. You can convert your sand filter to a bead filter, but I have never done it. Guys in the charlotte koi and watergarden society will tell you how. The pump is another matter. I'm not sure how to advise.

    Also be extremely careful about swimming in a koi pond. There are bacterial problems. Never swim with contacts in. A pond is worse than swimming in a lake.
     
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