Any ideas how to keep duck ponds clean without major costs?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jynxster, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. jynxster

    jynxster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Are there any fish that would eat the duck remnents in the duck ponds or??? that the ducks would not eat? ANY IDEAS. My pond is a plastic 300gal above ground pond no filter and no bubbler system as it is too far away from electricity for that type unit, I have to empty by hand and refill every other day?thanks fellow ducksters :}
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2011
  2. mrpekinduck

    mrpekinduck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2011
    Ducky Land!
    Sorry I've had no luck with filters, I just dug out a pond in the ground and attached a drainage pipe, then I just drain it every few days, my pond is 9' by 3 1/2' and about 3' deep at the deepest part.
  3. Aria

    Aria Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 15, 2010
    My husband dug a pond and lined it with stones. We have Gold Fish and other fish. This seems to work. Don't know about your type Pond.

    Frogs come in Spring. This keeps the Pond Clean.
  4. iajewel

    iajewel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2008
    Corning IA
    Ducks clog most filters. Fish cause a special sort of "dirt" There is a filter thats like a barrel with plastic bits in it, I have one and would sell it. Im using the farm pond now days. Plants do the best for long term filtering. You really just need like a kids pool you can dump, or a farm pond. Ducks are dirty.. thats just how it goes.
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  5. Ducks and Banny hens

    Ducks and Banny hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2011
    On a little Farm.
    This answer may seem weird, but it's serious and may prove of good use to you...


    A whole lot of Snails.

    As humorous as that sounds, water Snails do nothing but filter all the time. Having lots of Oxygenators like Cabomba and Pondweed might work well, too.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2011
  6. animalsRawesome

    animalsRawesome Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    Quote:Where do you get snails? Can you order them in the mail or something? Won't the ducks try to eat them?
  7. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    Quote:Where do you get snails? Can you order them in the mail or something? Won't the ducks try to eat them?

    Pond snails at pond stores as well as aquarium snails at most fish stores. Yes the ducks will eat some but pond snails reproduce very quickly.
  8. ChickInDelight

    ChickInDelight Never an Empty Nest

    Apr 27, 2011
    Browntown, VA
    Cover it with a tarp and never let the ducks near it.
  9. xIndigoSkyx

    xIndigoSkyx Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 4, 2010
    St.Albert, Alberta
    But won't duck poo kill the frogs? I jaw a dug out that usually has billions of frogs but I think the duck poo is killing them and the snails! Any help there?
  10. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 25, 2010
    Kansas City

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