Preformed ponds

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by TLWR, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd like to know some details if you have one - even if you aren't using it for your ducks.

    I still kind of want to build one and was looking at skippy filter info today and while out today, we check out HD/Lowe's and DH said he'd rather just do a preformed liner, get a smaller one or a nice pot/planter that's big enough to use as the filter.
    Lowe's had 91 gallons and smaller. HD had a few larger ones, but nothing that was easy for me to see.


    If you have a preformed pond...
    1 - how big is it gallon wise?
    2- what are the rough dimensions of it (length/width)?
    3 - how deep is it at the deepest spot?
    If you use your pond for ducks
    4 - how many and what kind/size ducks?
    5 - how often do you have to 'tend' to it and what does that include?
    6 - how often do you need to change out the water?
    7 - how do you drain (if you installed one, what's your set up)?
    8 - what type of filter do you use and how does it work?



    If you happen to have a pond with a pond liner that your ducks use... what type of liner and how thick - saw some 45mil EPDM (EDPM? whatever - that one) and some pvc ones that were 20 and 22 mil.
    Duck nails an issue if you provide a way out that doesn't put them in contact with the liner?
    If I build one that way, I'm thinking of using landscape timbers, so it would be square/rectangle with straight edges.
     
  2. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    I got given 1 of those preformed pools for my ducks. I filled it up last October and they all looked at it like it was the boogieman. Ok, fair enough I didnt bury it in the ground but I did make steps to get up into it. It has been emptied every 2 weeks since October and the ducks have only just started learned how to go up the steps to it..fools that they are. I dont have a pump in it tho, I just run water into it then undo the hopse and let gravity take thr water out. Takes a while but it empties and cleans no problem.
    So now that Ive rambled on about my pool for no reason I now know all of that I just typed is no help to oyu what so ever but I thought I would keep going instead of deleting all I just typed!!! Oh...and the pool, literally fell of the back of a truck, it flew out, the wind must of taken it out the back and the driver kept going. My neighbour stopped and picked it up. [​IMG]
     
  3. davekrista

    davekrista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd be interested to hear what others have to say because I have some of the same questions, so I am bumping this to see if others will share their experiences as well. [​IMG]
     
  4. toejam

    toejam Never enough birds

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    I have one, but cant figure out the dimesions today. I should be able to by tomorrow or thursday.( days Im at my dads.)
     
  5. aineheartsyou

    aineheartsyou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    also thinkin about this right now too! [​IMG]
     
  6. KansasKid

    KansasKid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    South East Kansas
    You might be able get away with having a filter if you have a small amount of ducks (4 or less) but otherwise i wouldn't invest too much time or money into trying to come up with a filter that works well with all the muck and feathers.
     
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2011
  7. mominoz

    mominoz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had the largest you could get here , on sale...160 gallons maybe? . We bought a bathtub drain, and put it in, the connected 3-4inch diameter pipe with a ballcock valve and buried it. Worked fine f or 2 years, then it leaked this year , I should have put sand under it, it heaved I think, anyway. I filled it and emptied it roughly every 2 weeks, sometimes once a month when it was cold weather. then I hosed it. I had a problem as my geese liked to put rocks and sticks in it, go figure, they do it in their water buckets too....[​IMG] I pulled it up to fix and move it down towards my garden so I can use the water for fertilizer..... Not looking forward to the digging.....[​IMG]
     

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