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#1 Felix

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 08:34 PM

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Has anyone made a puppy splash pond like this?
We have a huge hole in our backyard from where we removed an above ground pool the previous owner decided to put IN the ground ( it did not work out obviously). I am wanting to slope the sides in and create a splash pond like this for chepi because she has a new found love for swimming in the water at the beach.
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This is the current hole (muddy water is in it from a recent rain, THANKS FLORIDA)

Even if you may one have installed a puppy splash pond, I would love advice from anyone who has out in a backyard pond. I am looking to do a liner at the bottom, a small waterfall and some sort of pump system with smooth rocks at the bottom

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 01:51 PM

Once upon a time a GSD that loved to dig moved into a home with a pasture and a seasonal spring....IMG_3719.png
 
So the man and the woman, but mostly the man with some furry help, dug a pond...which lasted about 5 years because of tug of war with the pond liner...IMG_4632.JPG.png

 
So it was replaced with select plastic tubs and stones and a much smaller area of pond liner with a large stone. It seems to be working. IMG_2587.png IMG_6300.png IMG_4747.png IMG_4744.png IMG_6315.png IMG_6378.png IMG_6511.png Advice: Stones are good. Put large flat stones over the liner.

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 02:07 PM

Cool ideas, since you already have a monster hole...https://www.niftyhom...swimming-ponds/

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 08:07 PM

Once upon a time a GSD that loved to dig moved into a home with a pasture and a seasonal spring....[img=http://www.iidoba.or...attachicon.gif] IMG_3719.png   So the man and the woman, but mostly the man with some furry help, dug a pond...which lasted about 5 years because of tug of war with the pond liner...[img=http://www.iidoba.or...attachicon.gif] IMG_4632.JPG.png   So it was replaced with select plastic tubs and stones and a much smaller area of pond liner with a large stone. It seems to be working. [img=http://www.iidoba.or...attachicon.gif] IMG_2587.png[img=http://www.iidoba.org/forums/public/style_images/master/attachicon.gif] IMG_6300.png[img=http://www.iidoba.org/forums/public/style_images/master/attachicon.gif] IMG_4747.png[img=http://www.iidoba.org/forums/public/style_images/master/attachicon.gif] IMG_4744.png[img=http://www.iidoba.org/forums/public/style_images/master/attachicon.gif] IMG_6315.png[img=http://www.iidoba.org/forums/public/style_images/master/attachicon.gif] IMG_6378.png[img=http://www.iidoba.org/forums/public/style_images/master/attachicon.gif] IMG_6511.png Advice: Stones are good. Put large flat stones over the liner.

 

 

thank you! This is good advice and exactly the kind of insight I'm looking for. :) We actually already have a bunch of stones that the previous owner left from other projects. I am excited tos tart working on this! 



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Posted 16 August 2017 - 08:18 PM

Cool ideas, since you already have a monster hole...https://www.niftyhom...swimming-ponds/



Man I really want to try this but I am afraid it might be a little more than I can handle. Honestly I think we are just wanting it to be water with stones and a pump, but then I think we would have to have some sort of chlorine or something... unless we made it saltwater. More research, that's what I need to do hahaha

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 05:08 AM

Felix, you might look into this. There are many ways to naturally filter the pond without the use of chemicals. One of those ways can be UV filtration, but I think you will find the bog gravel filtration more to your liking. There are different ways you can set it up, and one of those ways is a waterfall. Here's the website I was reading on. 

 

http://www.pondtrade...-mother-nature/

 

And the following article has a list of good and bad plants for it. 

 

http://www.pondtrade...g-a-bog-filter/

 

 

Neither of these will give you the full step by step, but it will give you some information to see if it is worth researching further. Hope this helps.



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Posted 17 August 2017 - 06:54 AM

We put flat stones on the bottom of the pond (liner part) under the water level. The dogs seem to prefer to stand on them. There is no liner under the gravel by the plastic tubs. We get seasonal fluctuation so sometimes the pond is very full and other times (like now) it's dry over the gravel. When we had the whole thing lined the water would push up in one spot with the spring ground water swell. If you have that issue be sure to use some fill and stones to hold the liner down and maybe even add a plastic pipe for drainage. The pond hasn't been tested with big dog toe nails yet and we still need to add a few more stones to make sure no liner is easily available for tug of war. Hopefully we've got things covered enough. Good luck. PS Lotus are epic for water circulation and filtration. We do nothing with ours beyond the natural weeds and the lotus in each section.

If it were me I might go to Tractor Supply for something like this: http://gototanks.com...ough-w-300.html (kiddy pool size water trough or fish stock tank) and to the local landscape company for fill (sand then gravel then egg sized river stones. vs a big liner. You could shore up the sides with kidney shaped plastic tubs and water plants or with liner and water plants and small boulders. You will attract turtles, frogs and snakes (and maybe a gator) so keep that in mind.

Edited by Sherab, 17 August 2017 - 07:04 AM.


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Posted 24 August 2017 - 08:12 AM

Not for the dogs, but FYI my neighbors just put a pool in their backyard and it is going to be a saltwater pool.

 

The owner said that saltwater is less expensive to maintain and of course - no chemicals!

 

Good luck in building it!!!   That is great to have a doggie pool like that!  I hope to see it someday!






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