Pond management

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by aja19919, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. aja19919

    aja19919 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got a 1000 gallon tank for my ducks [​IMG] It has a drain at the bottom. Does anyone have suggestions on how to properly manage this large size of 'pond' ? Do I get a pump and filtration system to help keep it clean? Do I get some special type of fish that eats duck poo and algae? Do I leave it above ground or try to dig a humungous hole for it? The thought of re-filling 1000 gallons each time give my pocketbook the willies. [​IMG]



    Thank you
    Amy
    WA State
     
  2. Oddyse

    Oddyse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is an age old question when it comes to owning ducks. "How the hell do I keep it clean" Many people have tried different techniques. Im in the process of building my own filtration system now, because much like you, I have a huge pond, but its in the ground, so I have to pump the water out and refill it all the time. So I would definitely suggest a filter system. Wifezilla has done an amazing thread on all of this so may be worth you checking it out.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=146829&p=1

    Good luck, and any new tips and tricks you discover along the way, feel free to share them with us! [​IMG]
     
  3. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My pond is ~1000 gallon that we built this spring. We have gone 2 months (with 2 ducks) without draining/cleaning/refilling. Ducks are still fine with it. I use a pool skimmer to get what poop I can from the bottom.
    We built a ~70 gallon skippy filter (maybe bigger) and have a pump going into that and it seems to help keep it from being very nasty

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=496237
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    1000 gallons isn't that much when your dealing with ponds. Both of mine were 1500 a piece and I considered them pretty small. Also this thread is from 2011..
     
  5. TTeddy

    TTeddy Out Of The Brooder

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