Originally Posted by IronEagle
Hi! I just came across this thread trying to solve the same problems. I have 3 geese, 5 black-bellied whistling ducks and 3 rouens. I have 2 250 liter molded plastic ponds and am at the point where I need to figure out a better solution for the cleaning. My issue is water waste as I'm off the grid and only have rain collected water that I have to share between us and the bird pools.
Your set up makes sense to me, but how do you pump the dirty water into the first bucket? This is the biggest problem I have (my pump kept getting mucked up) and now I'm trying to figure out how to gravity feed the dirty water and pump the clean water.
Thanks for your help!
Yes, this was a huge problem I had as well and I have a pile of dead pumps to prove it. What you need (there's a pump thread I created somewhere) is a dirty water pond pump that can handle solid material. IMPORTANT NOTE: A dirty water pond pump is not the same thing as a sewage pump that you might get from Home Depot, Lowes of harbor freight. Those pumps have lubricant that is lethal to everything if they leak. Typically these pumps are for Koi ponds (as Koi are very poopy fish) and are safe for fish/ducks etc.
Here is what you are looking for and the models that I bought.
Pump for my small pond (I got the model 4000)
Pump for my big pond
Now a word on these pumps. I would swear under oath that these pumps came off the same assembly line, they are identical. That makes little difference for your purposes but its much easier to buy from Amazon.
To make a looooong story short, my small pond pump does wonderfully however if I was to do it over again I would go with the next bigger model (the amazon link). The larger pump draws more power but can handle solid material twice the size of the small guy. The small pump will clog every few days or so and is just not designed for the load of six ducks in a tiny pond. (The ducks don't go in the big pond much, go figure)
To conclude, there are many pump options to go with, both submersible and external, but the bottom line is you need a dirty water pond pump, the rest is up to you!!! (The direction I went was the cheapest by far)