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post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by jellybean 

Mine pumps from a lower pond into a small skippy filter (with a garden hose hooked to the pump) I made. That flows out into an upper pond, which flows back into the lower pond. Very simple, not anything fancy or nice to look at. I've tried lots of plants in the filter to help, but the geese eat them all (even an entire cattail plant). I need to set it up higher somehow so they can't reach it. It works best after it's been running a couple months. But it does eventually start keeping the water pretty clean. At least for 3 geese and 5 ducks! In the skippy filter is just furnace filter material cut into small squares.


Old thread, but was hoping jellybean might see this and provide some pictures.
Doing skippy filter research this weekend and hoping to get started on something soon so the ducks can have more water and not have it like it was this morning after 2.5 days - ew!

post #22 of 25

I haven't been on here much at all, sooo busy! Winter for me is solid snowmobiling, so I'm on all my snowmobiling forums promoting our women's film and all, not on here much till spring starts up!  This was the first pond I tried. I've since changed it quite a bit, plus that pen is split, covered with netting, and has a large walk in duck house. Only one side has access to a pool so the other is a babv pen. Now I have two small plastic pools, the expensive garden kind (found in the paper). One buried in the ground, one above it. But they are both coming out, just not big enough for all the birds I have now! I have two large and deep pools that were molasses tubs for cattle I got from my dad. They are deeper and bigger than both my current pools, and really thick and tough. Only one will fit in the pen, I think I'll have the other outside. I will leave it sitting on the ground, and dig out a spot under it where I will install a drain. The pump does great, but they still get a lot of dirt and rocks in there that can clog the pump eventually, and I have to clean it by hand. With a big drain I can rinse it all out once a month or so. I think I'll push up dirt or rocks around it for them to get it, it's about 2.5' high. Then set the filter up on something next to it. With rocks clear around it it stays cleaner, any dirt they can reach while swimming gets put in the pool.

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Edited by jellybean - 4/24/11 at 8:37am
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by jellybean 

The pump does great, but they still get a lot of dirt and rocks in there that can clog the pump eventually, and I have to clean it by hand. With a big drain I can rinse it all out once a month or so.


What are you using for a pump?

I just laid out a landscape timber frame outline of 8'x12' and 6'x12'. Just need to figure out where it will go in the yard and look at liners to see what size we go with. I'm thinking 2' deep at the deepest and maybe slope it up on each end so it slopes into the middle and put a pump there? Or better to have it a flat bottom?
I want a pump sending as much poopy water into the filter as possible!

post #24 of 25

http://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Duty-Dirty-Submersible-Switch-Gallons-/dp/B000W8LFJA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1303672180&sr=8-1

It's really cheap, and has a large intake so will handle very dirty water. If there's a lot of straw or anything getting into it, it will clog eventually. Bought one last spring and it worked all year, but then wasn't working all the time. For the price though I don't care too much if needs replaced every year. It's large so if the water is too shallow the float doesn't let it turn on. Seems like at least 1.5' is good?? I bet you could get around this by wiring the float in the right (on) position, to the side of the pool or something.


Edited by jellybean - 4/24/11 at 12:13pm
post #25 of 25
I have a pond that contains 200 US gallons and I'm thinking about getting some ducks. What size water pump and airator should I use?

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