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Childs pool used as pond?

Post by George M. Robert » Mon, 06 May 1996 04:00:00



This question has probably been asked before, however I have a 5'
diameter childs pool made of plastic. It is 1 1/2' deep. Can I submerge
it into the ground and use it for goldfish?  Or, is it useless?

George   Clark, N.J.

 
 
 

Childs pool used as pond?

Post by Charlie Rodger » Sat, 11 May 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> This question has probably been asked before, however I have a 5'
> diameter childs pool made of plastic. It is 1 1/2' deep. Can I submerge
> it into the ground and use it for goldfish?  Or, is it useless?

> George   Clark, N.J.

George;
  No reason you couldn't do it, but I wouldn't consider it permanent.  Apart
from 18" being a little shallow for NJ winters, the plastic I've seen used
for those kiddie pools won't last nearly as long as EPDM or a fiberglass pond
liner.  If that is the size you are looking for, I would probably go for the
fiberglass pre-formed liner.  That doesn't mean you can't start out with the
kiddie pool.  If you decide you like ponding, you can always replace it in a
year or three.  If you use something 18" deep, be sure to provide enough
shade (floating plants and/or lilies are a good way to do it) to keep the
water from getting too hot and "cooking" the fish.  The more shallow the
pond, the more critical this becomes.  The fish need to be able to get into
cooler water.  A rule of thumb is to have about 60% of the surface area
shaded.  With that depth, I would shoot for 80%.  An aquarium air pump
feeding a bubble stone near the bottom (abt 12" down) should be enough to
keep a hole in the ice in the winter for gas exchange.  Happy ponding,
Charlie
 
 
 

Childs pool used as pond?

Post by Nightwalk » Tue, 14 May 1996 04:00:00


Quote:


>> This question has probably been asked before, however I have a 5'
>> diameter childs pool made of plastic. It is 1 1/2' deep. Can I submerge
>> it into the ground and use it for goldfish?  Or, is it useless?

>> George   Clark, N.J.

I'll buy the answer from Charlie but there is one other thing to
consider. As the liner of a childs pool is Blue usually it does not
deter plant growth beneath the pond. (light goes thru the liner). You
will have a problem with stuff growing thru the liner.. Nutgrass for
instance will grow thru a liner no problem. May nat make that year
Charlie refered to,<BG>.
 
 
 

Childs pool used as pond?

Post by Arkli » Wed, 15 May 1996 04:00:00


Quote:
>I'll buy the answer from Charlie but there is one other thing to
>consider. As the liner of a childs pool is Blue usually it does not
>deter plant growth beneath the pond. (light goes thru the liner). You
>will have a problem with stuff growing thru the liner.. Nutgrass for
>instance will grow thru a liner no problem. May nat make that year
>Charlie refered to,<BG>.

Wouldn't laying a piece of black plastic underneath solve this
problem?

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Arklier


Firsty is the best!

 
 
 

Childs pool used as pond?

Post by Derek & Sheri Sterlin » Thu, 16 May 1996 04:00:00


Quote:



> >> This question has probably been asked before, however I have a 5'
> >> diameter childs pool made of plastic. It is 1 1/2' deep. Can I submerge
> >> it into the ground and use it for goldfish?  Or, is it useless?

> >> George   Clark, N.J.

> I'll buy the answer from Charlie but there is one other thing to
> consider. As the liner of a childs pool is Blue usually it does not
> deter plant growth beneath the pond. (light goes thru the liner). You
> will have a problem with stuff growing thru the liner.. Nutgrass for
> instance will grow thru a liner no problem. May nat make that year
> Charlie refered to,<BG>.

When I tried this years ago for feeder fish it appeared to work well, then we decided to
keep fish in it over a season...... after several attempts I  had the water tested and
found that the liner had a built in algecide that killed the fish over that period of
time! We did find the wall etc. useful for holding a proper pond liner though.

Derek Sterling

 
 
 

Childs pool used as pond?

Post by Stephen Walk » Sat, 18 May 1996 04:00:00



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>Subject: Re: Childs pool used as pond?
>Date: Wed, 15 May 1996 18:11:22 -0700
>When I tried this years ago for feeder fish it appeared to work well, then we decided to
>keep fish in it over a season...... after several attempts I  had the water tested and
>found that the liner had a built in algecide that killed the fish over that period of
>time! We did find the wall etc. useful for holding a proper pond liner though.

I once tried it, when my folks moved house and had nowhere to keep their fish.
I set up a kiddy pool in the garage. The fish died within the few weeks it
took us to set the pond up. I put it down to stress, due to an unsuitable
environment, but perhaps I was wrong, and there was an algicide present.

Steve.


From where I'm sitting, you lot don't all pass the Turing test.

 
 
 

Childs pool used as pond?

Post by donn » Mon, 20 May 1996 04:00:00


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>Subject: Re: Childs pool used as pond?
>Date: Wed, 15 May 1996 18:11:22 -0700

>When I tried this years ago for feeder fish it appeared to work well, then we
decided to
>keep fish in it over a season...... after several attempts I  had the water
tested and
>found that the liner had a built in algecide that killed the fish over that
period of
>time! We did find the wall etc. useful for holding a proper pond liner
though.

Several years ago when we had to replace our pond, we used a kiddy pool to
hold our fish and plants. Ultimately we used it over a year without any
problems - at least from algaecide. We did have a problem with heat, though,
since it was so shallow (I live in Tucson Arizona and the water temps could
easily reach over 90 degrees F.)

In fact, our goldfish felt so at home in it, they spawned - repeatedly.

donna
Tucson Koi Society
http:/www.azstarnet.com/~scaruso/tks/tks.htm

 
 
 

Childs pool used as pond?

Post by Crimin » Wed, 22 May 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>I once tried it, when my folks moved house and had nowhere to keep their fish.
>I set up a kiddy pool in the garage. The fish died within the few weeks it
>took us to set the pond up. I put it down to stress, due to an unsuitable
>environment, but perhaps I was wrong, and there was an algicide present.

I used a 5' * 18" kiddy pool to hold all my Comets and 2 Catfish for a few
weeks while I overhauled my pond. I had no deaths, but one of the Catfish did
manage to hop out of the pool. I'd imagine it was stress that caused him to do
that. I had no other problems though, and I didn't test for algaecide.