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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 2:30 pm 
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We are going to get about 6 indian runners one day...

I have been mulling over in my head how or if to use an existing cement fish pond and build their enclosure around it. They would be in the pen all day while we are at work so want them to have a nice big yard and pond to hang out in. I will take pics of the pond so you can see tomorrow.

The problem is, I would like to have the pond either filtered - I have a small solar pump, or very easy to drain every day so it's always fresh.

Ducks are so messy, it would have to be a pretty big filter....maybe a sand trap...maybe a drum.....?

If I put a drain in it, I will have to somehow drill a hole in the concrete and then dig down beside and under the cement and put in a poly pipe line...or is there a better way?

I could always leave the pond as it is and build purpose made pond for them instead.

Whatever I do has to be almost automatic, I come home late from work each day and want something I can just flick a switch or pull a plug and done deal. There must be a way....any ideas anyone?

We use bore water, no restrictions. Space no problem and neighbours don't exist. I don't want to use electric pumps, too far to lay the line and too dangerous for me etc etc.

The existing pond is about 2m diameter, about 75cm deep in the middle with sloping sides, concrete seems to be about 2 or 3 inches thick around, suspect about 4 or 5 inches think at the bottom. Might not even be able to drill through it without cracking it.

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Michelle,

There is also a good chance that the concrete has wire/steel through it. When you build a pond, normally you use wire to hold the concrete because usually it is done in one hit to make waterproofing easier. The wire/steel stops the concrete from slumping.

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Do some research on aquaponics.

We have installed a small aquaponics system to keep our pond water sufficiently clean. Still a few teething problems but looks promising so far!

Ours will be fully automated once finished - apart from having to pick the veges and herbs ;)

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Above should be a pics of the pontential pond.

Jocler, I forgot about the steel. Think I might have to come up with a way of pumping up and out, don't think drilling a hole is such a good idea now :? Obviously I am a doofus. Especially so when I actually used wire to reinforce the cement chook water trough I made. :roll:

The aquaponics would be ideal, but I think the ducks would just wreck any planting or natural filter set up..but I will check it out in more depth.

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Michelle2 wrote:

The aquaponics would be ideal, but I think the ducks would just wreck any planting or natural filter set up..but I will check it out in more depth.


You need to have the plants outside the pen ;)

Our setup has a submersible pump, which sucks water out of the pond and passes it through a pvc pipe filled with expanded clay and vermiculite, then the water drains back into the pond under gravity.

The pipe has holes drilled in the top, and veges/herbs growing in the holes.

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We do a sort of aquaponics as well. My partner calls it duckaponics coz it doesn't use fish for the nutrients to feed the plants. It has reduced the amount of water we use by soooo much, it's great!
We're getting broad beans, starberries, brocolli and spinach form it at the moment. It next to the duck ponds, separate from the ducks but they can still access it - it's just on stilts.

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Jana wrote:
We do a sort of aquaponics as well. My partner calls it duckaponics coz it doesn't use fish for the nutrients to feed the plants. It has reduced the amount of water we use by soooo much, it's great!
We're getting broad beans, starberries, brocolli and spinach form it at the moment. It next to the duck ponds, separate from the ducks but they can still access it - it's just on stilts.


Duckaponics!! I love it!!

We are doing "duckaponics" as well at the moment. If we ever get the water quality good enough we will introduce some Marron or trout to the pond.

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Duckaponix is the way, I just upgraded to a pond twice as large and turned my old pond into a gravel filter bed, will update my website sometime with the new pics.

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Hi Michelle,

I'm a bit of a mad aquaponicist too :P You might want to check this out:
http://www.backyardaquaponics.com/forum ... =18&t=2228

It's from a forum I frequent :)

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Kenour,
That's my partners duckaponix!

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Jana wrote:
Kenour,
That's my partners duckaponix!


BAHAHA! Awesome, what a little world we live in ;)

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