Pool pump DIY Filter

Discussion in 'DIY / Self Sufficiency' started by SoonersDucks, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. SoonersDucks

    SoonersDucks In the Brooder

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    I currently only have a small kiddy pool as a pond for my ducks. It is to small for all of them, and I want to get something both bigger and deeper.

    I plan on using a 5-6ft stock tank that is 2 ft deep or so. I was wanting to put a filter on it, but am worried about the pump clogging. I was thinking of using an above ground pool pump for this. Anyone try this yet? I also want to bury the tank at least 3/4 of the way to make it easier to access for the ducks. Can you place the pool pump above water level?
     
  2. Steven Bussell

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    You can make a nice filter using a food grade 55 gallon drum ..
    Research and buy a Dirty water pump..
    Try to get one that can be used outside of the pool/pond
    Its going to cost a little more but last much longer
     
  3. Steven Bussell

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    On using 2 56 gallons drums and 2 55 gallons containers for my filter system. The 2 containers are for growing water plants
     
  4. Nardo

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    You're going to have to figure out a way (and there are many) to keep the pump 'relatively' free of debris. You can sit it up on a big flat rock in the bottom of the tank to keep it from sucking dirt. You absolutely can fashion some kind of cage (filter) to go around it, or sit over it, so that the biggest stuff gets kept out of the pump itself. You can put holes in the sides of a 5 gallon bucket and set this on a rock in the bottom of the tank-with the pump inside of it. Cover the bucket with screen or a grid or stretched out fabric or something so that (mostly) only water gets inside the bucket to the pump. Do a search on DIY garden water features and see what they do to keep the pumps clear. Good luck.
     
  5. SoonersDucks

    SoonersDucks In the Brooder

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    I am not sure where to find a pump like that?!
     
  6. Mvan42

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    Not sure how it well it will work for something like this. But for our pool it’s one of those index ones. Instead of those tiny filters I use a Hawaiian Punch jug with craft filler (fiber filler). Put holes in the bottom of the jug, stuff it will the filler, connect the hose that is coming out of your pump, (I use duck tape.). And put the jug into the water. Works great. It keeps our pool water sparkling clean. Pic below.. one pic showing holeswich is the third one I have used hard to see how dirty it is, the one in the pool is #4. The first two were real bad...
     

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  7. SoonersDucks

    SoonersDucks In the Brooder

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    The problem isn’t the filter really, but the pump. Most above ground pool pumps have a filter cartridge that goes in them. I would probably just remove it. The issue is duck waste and debris clogging the pump. I may have to use a pre filter, kinda like you made. If that gets clogged, it would burn out the pump.

    The real question is will the pump work if it is sitting above or at water level. I want to get a 2ft deep stock tank and bury it about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way into the ground to allow for easier access...
     
  8. Mvan42

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    My pump is kinda below water level. The opening for the water is more than 6 inches above my pump..
     
  9. Nardo

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    What is craft filler? This stuff? https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&channel=cus&q=fiber+craft+filler
     
  10. SoonersDucks

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    Yes, but you can use any number of things. I had success with using bath luvas from the dollar store to filter out big debris and scrub pads to filter out smaller stuff. The idea is to have a good amount of surface area for good bacteria to grow on. Once established, it will eat the waste way more efficiently.
     
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