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    hello my names matt im from louisiana and im currently in the process of building a swamp style/theme pond. mosquitoes is how this all started a few months back our pool pump went out so nbd wel will get a new one when it warms back up. well after about a month of hard rain all chemicals were washed out of the pool. and soon after mosquitoes started laying eggs and growing to adulthood rather than keep dumping chemicals in we threw a few gold fish in to eat the larva of the flys thoose 3 live and grew crazy fast and we threw a few more. Well now its time to drain the pool and clean up so where are theese now very big pretty fish to go? well ill build a pond so thats where im at. Its in my garden behind my pool right up against my cypress tree just like in the swamp. and thats as far as i got questions advice all welcome and askin for advice also. whats the best liner for the price how do i seal the side of my tree to now suck my pond dry or put to much tree oil etc n my pond im lookin for a spray or clear coat? the pond is 10 ft by 8 ft and from 2 ft to 4 at its deepest.
     

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    You will be using a liner, so you don't need to seal the tree trunk. The liner is what will keep the water in.

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    Welcome to the forum. I have a dawn redwood that is growing next to my creek with no problems, been there for 7 years. I have a liner as well.
     
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    thanks yall but the way a cypress is actually adapted to swamp life so i dont wanna cover much of the trunk if any maybe atleast 5 inches of trunk showing would be awsome. ill send a pic of right now i started yesterday at about 10 am
     
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    looking forward to your pictures
     
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    Maybe I am a little confused. So is the pond going to be built around the cypress tree to appear as though it is in the pond? In your pic with the white outline is this where you are going to build the pond, It doesn't look like a 10x8 area?
     
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    i drew the lines but then went way past them cause diggin wasnt tht hard add a foot to the lines in some spots i guess heres a new pic day 2 pics
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    so after i cut the roots and clean up the sides ill be laying down tht blue stuff then carpet then i guess pond liner but plans change when better info is mad avaiable so give me some if u got it thanks for looking ill get an exact measurement for you thatherman.
     
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    its almost 9x7 whats the best liner online? what is the best liner in store?
     
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    I bought my liner online and then picked up locally b/c they are located here so did not have to pay for shipping, that was 8 years ago. I use epdm liner 45ml. Something else to consider is raising the front side a bit so that the chlorine from the pool that may be on the pool patio will not run into the pond.

    http://www.bestnest.com/bestnest/pond_liner_10.asp
     
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    thans for the advice the sides will be filled up once i get liner in also its a salt water pool so i dont use actual chlorine. thanks for the help though
     
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    You can also look for liners at roofing/construction companies in your local area. It's the same EPDM rubber liner made of the same stuff from a pond store. I have bought 2 of them so far and just fine for 10yrs. Never tried to put a liner right up over a tree like that. Hope it won't hurt the tree.
     
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    Welcome to the forum !!
    I'm still confused
     
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    its a cypress so the tree will be fine about the water ive decided to just go with pond liner around the trunk. also ill be getting some knees from the swamp one big two smaller and aet them in for effect you wont be confused tommarrow i should have my liner pre liner in probably gonna go with fema roof tarp then thin commerical carpet i use at my rentals then ill feel okay about putting final liner. i actually joined this forum to hear tht they do sell the same stuff for other applications thank u jw
     
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    Welcome matt and when you get done that will look nice from the pool .
     
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    Hello and welcome to the forums! :)
     
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    Rained last night couldnt get much dOne outside so I decided to start the filter built I have a 25 gallon drum that has a lid and is airtight tht I use to use on my reef tank so Im gonna use that with a feed pipe at te bottom goin in and t that off then put opposite facing 90s on tht to create a swirl at the bottom with a egg crate pre filter then cover that with rocks sponge and bio balls and I can't decided wether to close the top or keep it off to add floating Plants with alotta roots as even more bio filter with another pre filter so the two over flow bulk heads don't clog up. I kno it's one bad lone run on sentence sorry just trying to keep a log of progress. Here's a pic of the drum not great but should work amazing. [​IMG]
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    Love it, nice way to draw it out!
     
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    Hank y'all I'm changing the feed to the top and out at the bottom so my pump can handle it easier
     
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    Check the diy section there is some good threads about build filters like you are doing. Might help you out in your build.
     
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