So I've read lots of stuff on duck ponds on this forum and on Pinterest and any where else I can find info on the web. I am going to try and create my own system using the things I've seen from these sources. I will post pictures as I go, as construction should start next week.
I have two Pekin Ducks (Benny and Ducky, named by the kids), by accident. Long story, but we love them. I am currently incubating their fertilized eggs and so far so good. Even if the eggs don't work out, I plan on having more ducks, because we've fallen in love with them. They are much more fun than our Guinea hens, and do ALMOST as good a job eating the pests in my yard.
I built them a shabby pond with a simple store bought pump and small filter, when we first got them. I now know that was folly. So we completely redid our back yard and plan on putting in a legit duck pond, that is as self sustaining as possible.
I have the pump left over from the old pond, that should suffice to move water. Since my wife and I never do anything SMALL, we are putting in a waterfall to help aerate the water and give us a nice feature in the back yard. I will be using a two piece filtration system, using a clarifier, overflowing into a lava rock filter, going back into the pond. I also plan to use filtering plants and duckweed (to help wth feeding) within the pond to help with the cleaning. I have dismissed the idea of getting any fish at this point. SIze of the pond will be relatively big, probably around 10 X15 and up to 18" deep. This is to have plenty of room to expand our little flock.
Will the pump be strong enough to push unfiltered water uphill to the filtration system?
Will I need to put the filtration system near the pump, and buy another pump to push the clean water uphill to the waterfall?
Will all of this actually keep the pond clean!?!
How do I keep feathers and debris from clogging up the initial pump?
Will I have enough time to go fishing this summer?
What kind of plants are best for filtering duck poop (or other stuff that grimes up the water)?
I've read through many of the pond threads already here but have not found any that address my specific issues, though you'll notice that some of those ideas are here.
Work on this should start in earnest next week (as I am working this weekend). I will post pictures of my progress, for those that might be interested.
And I'd welcome any input and criticisms you might have. I'm not a proud person, so don't worry about hurting my feelings. I just want to do it right the first time! Or at least right enough, that when I find something I did wrong, I can fix it. Thanks!!