Natural Pools or Natural Swimming Ponds (NSPs)
Let nature clean the water...


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Chemical-free water garden and swimming pool. The plant portion, or regeneration zone, is separated from the swimming area by the wall seen a few inches below the water’s surface. www.naturalswimmingpools.com



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The pools have skimmers and pumps that circulate the water through the regeneration zone and back into the swimming area. The aquatic plants filter out contaminants and use nutrients from the water as food which helps prevent algae. Then rocks, such as granite river rock or haydite, to which friendly bacteria attach, act as biological filters. More questions answered here: www.ecodesignscape.co.uk & www.gartenart.co.uk



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There are many options as to design. Beneficial bacteria (micro-organisms and microbes) colonize the rock and help cleanse the water. www.clear-water-revival.com



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A gradual slope contains the plants, gravel and loamy sand, a wall keeps them separate from the swimming area.



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Vacuum but twice a year and tend to the plants as needed. The plants will need to be cut back in the fall so they do not die in the pool. www.naturalswimmingpools.com



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The regeneration zone can be along the perimeter of a natural pool or a pond unto itself but connected to the swimming area. www.gartenart.co.uk



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For a true natural pool with no help from ultraviolet light or other such technology, the requirement is half swimming area, half regeneration area. www.biotop-natural-pool.com



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Plants steel the nutrients away from algae. www.gartenart.co.uk




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Half regeneration area, half swimming pool. www.living-pool.eu



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Natural predators such as water striders and dragonflies will come to live in the enrichment area and feast on mosquitoes. If you chose to have a skimmer installed this will keep mosquitoes in check as well. Woodhouse demo pool - www.naturalswimmingpools.com



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Use your pool as an ice rink in winter, as there is no need for a cover.  www.gartenart.co.uk



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A first year pool will need at least 60 days to self-adjust, but installing an ultraviolet sterilizer in the pump area will have you swimming almost immediately. www.clear-water-revival.com



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Note the plant pond to the right. In France: www.bioteich.fr



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The pools are most popular in Austria, where a company called Biotop has been designing them for residential and public use since 1986. Pic: www.homeexteriorinterior.com



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Two-tiered, the waterfall helps oxygenate the pool. naturalpoolsnz.com



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A hybrid natural pool usually has two circulation pumps. One where water is circulated through the plant and rock filters before being discharged back to the bottom of the pond. The second surface circulation system pulls water through one or two skimmers filtering out floating debris. Water drawn through the skimmers passes through some type of filter system, such as a UV filter and/or a biofilter—essentially a box filled with bacteria-laden bio-media—before returning to the pool. A waterfall helps with oxygenation. South Africa: www.naturalswimmingpools.co.za




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Love the deck amongst the water plants. An original Biotop pool - www.biotop-natural-pool.com



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Access through an enrichment area. www.clear-water-revival.com



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Love the diving boards. www.naturalswimmingpools.com



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Natural pool in the UK  www.clear-water-revival.com



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Convert a pond into a swimming pond. Mother Earth News says there are a few options as to liners - bentonite clay to seal the soil or a synthetic liner. If you choose a synthetic, they recommend ethylene propylene diene monomer rather than PVC. www.motherearthnews.com www.gartenart.co.uk



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Ice skate in the winter.  www.gartenart.co.uk



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No chemicals so the water is soft. www.gartenart.co.uk




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Close up of a Do it Yourself kit from www.clear-water-revival.com




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Northeast U.S. (Western Massachusetts)
Chris Rawlings, Water House Pools, waterhousepools.com




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New free-form construction. www.clear-water-revival.com



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Conventional pools can also be converted to natural pools; above is an internal conversion. www.gartenart.co.uk




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Convert your existing pool into a natural pool. www.bionovanaturalpools.com See pics of a conversion process here: www.clear-water-revival.com



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Conversion with added beach. www.bionovanaturalpools.com



Plants instead of chemicals -- have you ever thought about how many pounds of chemicals go into a typical swimming pool?

Plants: A range of aquatic plants are used -- submerged (oxygenators), floating, shallow marginals, deep marginals, bog/marsh and waterside species. Whenever possible, it is best to use indigenous plants. Some examples of typical water plants: cattails, bulrushes, sedges, duckweed and water lilies.



Do it Yourself:

www.motherearthnews.com

www.schwimmteich-selbstbau.de  In German

www.naturalswimmingpools.com -construction images

Natural Swimming Pools Book by Michael Littlewood www.amazon.com


Builders:

EU:

Biotop since 1984 with more than 3,500 satisfied customers. Their partner network covers 17 countries. Head Office: Austria www.biotop-natural-pool.com

BioNova® is a global network of Partners on 6 continents who work synergistically to push the state-of-the-art of Natural Swimming Pool design, construction, aesthetics and maintenance. Head Office: Munich www.bionovanaturalpools.com

OASE: www.oase-livingwater.com

UK:

GartenArt  www.gartenart.co.uk

Woodhouse Natural Pools with BIOTOP™ have been developing and building naturally filtered swimming pools in the UK since 2000. www.naturalswimmingpools.com

Clear Water Revival www.clear-water-revival.com  sell KITS as well...

France:

Bioteich Baignades Naturelles www.bioteich.fr

U.S.

Total Habitat, Kansas  www.totalhabitat.com

Expanding Horizons, Calif  expandinghorizons.biz

Pond Doctor Dave, Arizona - does conversions www.pond-doctor-dave.com

Water House Pools, Massachusetts www.waterhousepools.com

Rin Robyn Pools, New Jersey & MA. rinrobyn.com

Kane Brothers, Illinois. kanebros.com

Canada:

Tumber & Associates Landscape Consultants, Ont. www.tumber.ca
Genus Loci Ecological Landscapes, Ont. www.genus-loci.ca

New Zealand:

Natural Pools  naturalpoolsnz.com

South Africa:

www.naturalswimmingpools.co.za nice designs!



 

 

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EZ
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natural pools
Reply #95 on : Wed July 09, 2014, 10:45:56
Beautiful! Creating a habitat,instead of destruction of habitat. What a welcome change! You have inspired me!My fish are going to enjoy a more interesting environment,and I may attract some frogs too! V exciting!THANKYOU!
EZ
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natural pools
Reply #94 on : Wed July 09, 2014, 09:45:11
Beautiful! Creating a habitat,instead of destruction of habitat. What a welcome change! You have inspired me!My fish are going to enjoy a more interesting environment,and I may attract some frogs too! V exciting!THANKYOU!
David
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Cold weather
Reply #93 on : Wed July 02, 2014, 14:37:01
I am in Minnesota, United States. How do these pools/ponds hold up in extreme cold winters with the freezing. Do these ponds stay open? Do the plants do well with freezing? Any recommendations ?

Thanks for your impute
MG Balakrishna
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Construction of natural swimming pond
Reply #92 on : Sun June 29, 2014, 05:20:59
Sir/mam I have a form land & I am interested in constructing a natural swimming pond ,please help me to have technical guidance. From your side
Thankyou with regards

Balakrishna MG
Broni
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Africa's tropical climate
Reply #91 on : Mon June 16, 2014, 15:28:30
Hi
We are building a house in the equatorial region of Africa in the tropical rain-forest. As we are trying to maintain the biodiversity of this area, we would like to build our own water reservoir/natural swimming pool. However I'm concerned about that the temperature will be too high for us to take a dip in it. Would planting trees in tree-islands and around help or is it failed attempt already?
Any suggestions are gratefully appreciated.
Broni
Mia
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Pregunta
Reply #90 on : Thu May 22, 2014, 14:54:22
Queria saber si hay alguien en Argentina que haga estas piletas!
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Re: Natural Pools or Swimming Ponds
Reply #89 on : Thu May 22, 2014, 13:47:12
Muy buenas ideas.
Annie
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natural pools
Reply #88 on : Wed May 14, 2014, 13:43:29
These are sooo beautiful! Can't wait to build ours!
juan
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spain
Reply #87 on : Sun May 04, 2014, 02:56:03
anyone doing this pools in Spain? thanks, they look lovely !
Emma
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pool pond
Reply #86 on : Sun March 23, 2014, 07:04:19
Hi,
I was just wondering if there is anyone in Victoria, Australia that does these amazing pool ponds.
Emma
Patricio Brockmann
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Inquiery from Mexico
Reply #85 on : Tue February 04, 2014, 15:26:02
Who can you recommend for a Job like these in Mexico ?
Keiren
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To Ilie
Reply #84 on : Tue December 17, 2013, 10:39:31
Bentonite clay will work as well as a poly liner if the layer is thick enough...
Ilie Iuliana
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Establishing pond
Reply #83 on : Mon December 16, 2013, 06:18:16
Please if you can help me with some advice. At the moment I try to arrange the garden. I also want to set up a pond. Specifically that the land is sloping and on the slope have lake . Pond at the moment is filled with small natural spring water and has a depth of 0.5 m I want to dig to a depth of 2 m is also filled with mace . Wonder if there sap springs give even more ? Pond being in the slope when it rains very hard water in the yard is it possible to drain even if terrace land . My idea would be to do it in a more natural , without PVC film or membrane and structure it with natural stone and sand on the bottom and the sides of stone rock . I think that the film becomes unsightly with time and in case of leaks in the pond can not be filed only on the bottom and no filters anywhere. Maybe there is the possibility of draining the lake in summer , spring flow depends here I need to check . But that would be the ideal solution ? I'd go with the 100 % natural . How do you advise me ?
Vickie
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Natural pools
Reply #82 on : Fri October 11, 2013, 02:43:22
Brilliant!
Noeline
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pools
Reply #81 on : Sat September 21, 2013, 02:16:24
that is just so beautiful, I would love to try that in a big farm dam that already exist, is that possible?
Valerie
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Removal of Dirt on bottom.
Reply #80 on : Sat August 31, 2013, 23:22:54
We have a large swimming pond with a concrete like bottom. Above we have the plants, waterfall and bubbler in the main swimming pond. It sounds like a lot has been done right. However, the bottom has probably a foot of mud like dirt and muck. How do I get this out of the bottom? We have used a net to remove it from the shallow ends, but there is too much in the deep end and the nets are not strong enough anyhow to withstand the weight. Please help with any advise.
Michael Newhouse
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Existing Pool
Reply #79 on : Wed August 28, 2013, 11:19:28
Anyone in Costa Rica that can convert an existing pool for us?
bob
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You missed one....
Reply #78 on : Thu August 22, 2013, 19:17:34
These companies use the same copycat technology. What you missed in your photos are the most natural ponds I've seen. Since we aren't allowed to use links here, try doing a search for natural ponds lakes and streams by spring creek aquatic concepts. There you will see what you really desire. Their ponds seem cleaner and a lot more natural appearing. It could be because they are actual Biologists.
Vesta
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Interested in electricity cost
Reply #77 on : Mon August 12, 2013, 20:10:17
How much does electric bill go up to keep the stream going 24 hours all summer long? Also, not really clear how to clean it every month (seems like a lot of maintenance). Other than that, looks pretty neat!
Jesse
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Natural Pools
Reply #76 on : Sat August 03, 2013, 13:45:14
A Natural Swimming Pool can be built in any climate that water and aquatic plants coexist. Use the plants that are native to your area and you will have a healthy regeneration area. Providing that it is designed and built right.
Leigh Jackson, Jacksonville Fl.
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I already have a built in pool
Reply #75 on : Sun July 28, 2013, 10:51:26
For what seems like a year I've been searching for some kind of instructions that would tell me how I can convert my built in cement pool into a bio friendly pond, chemical free. Everybody wants to sell you the instructions. I don't have the money to pay everyone for info that doesn't tell me anything more then what I can see and guess from web photo's. There are not that many naturists left in the world I guess, that just want to share the love because it's the right thing to do for the environment. Anyone have a suggestion, a link, a video, something that will tell me things like: will I need to raise the level of my pool or what plant are the best for natural algee filtration.
Ingrid
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Pond
Reply #74 on : Wed July 17, 2013, 20:29:05
We have a swimming pond like that, having a hart time keeping the algaes out and having nice clear water.
What can we use to make it clear and keep it clear???
Paulette Harrison
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Tropical cimate
Reply #73 on : Wed July 10, 2013, 06:37:14
Hi , just wanted to ask what things need to be knowen for building a natural pool in a tropical location. Im in Broome WA Australia. Have there been other pools done in this kind of area ? Do love this web page and so glad i found it
Brenda S
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natural in Saskatchewan?
Reply #72 on : Sat July 06, 2013, 22:49:13
Hello! I would love to have a natural swimming pond in Saskatchewan but I have concern about how it would fare given that we are in zone 3 where the winters get very cold. What do think?
jerome davis
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ecopools
Reply #71 on : Mon May 27, 2013, 10:28:15
hi, thanks for the ref. you could refer people to our new website as well:www.ecopoolsonline.com for many more images of pools.
DreamVon
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Living inn the New Mexico and interested in a swimpond
Reply #70 on : Sun May 19, 2013, 17:13:20
We love the idea of a swimpond but are concerned about the sand that will accumulate at the bottom of the pool-pond from the extreme winds in the New Mexico area- New Mexico being a sandy desert - Any advice?
Looking forward to hearing from you soon -
The DreamVon's
Taylor
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Info.
Reply #69 on : Wed May 15, 2013, 11:56:43
This is awesome and I would love to be able to build one of these in my yard. Any information would be great. Can't wait to learn more about this. Thanks!
Zach Petersen
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I would love more info on building these types of pools
Reply #68 on : Wed May 08, 2013, 15:59:04
Please send me anything and everything regarding building and photos of these types of pools. They are absolutely beautiful! Thanks,

Z
JOhn Ryan
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send me ifomation on it
Reply #67 on : Fri May 03, 2013, 18:12:25
Send me information Thank you
Francisco
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Re: Natural Pools or Swimming Ponds
Reply #66 on : Mon April 15, 2013, 11:31:04
what effects will urine, drinks, sunblock, hair products, food, and other random unnatural crap that might find its way into the pool have on the plants and quality of the water?
MadSCAR
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MadSCAR
Reply #65 on : Tue April 02, 2013, 05:09:49
Love it! :)
Erika Baker
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natural pools
Reply #64 on : Sat January 26, 2013, 07:37:04
About seven years ago I wanted a swimming pool. Yet, I wanted it to look natural. Be natural. What you have created .. words can not express my feelings. Bravo! Thank you. Now I know how to begin.
Matt
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Existing Pond
Reply #63 on : Wed January 23, 2013, 14:08:42
Is the liner absolutely necessary? I have an existing pond that would not be too difficult to separate a deep side for swimming, and a shallow side for plants/filtering, but would like to avoid the added cost of a liner.
P.M. Bechtold
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Re: Natural Pools or Swimming Ponds
Reply #62 on : Sun January 06, 2013, 14:49:06
I have an indoor pool, but really hoped to put in a lap pool outside. This would be a terrific way to do this. We would probably need a separate pond to satisfy the lovely Blue Herons, but that can be easily done. All would be in keeping with the natural and green place we are fortunate to have, and add to our sons' inheritance and love of this wooded and field place where they have grown.
Sue
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Re: Natural Pools or Swimming Ponds
Reply #61 on : Wed December 05, 2012, 18:07:58
They're beautiful but too many straight lines for 'natural' pools.
Anita Nelson
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snakes
Reply #60 on : Wed November 28, 2012, 12:57:24
I LOVE the swimming pond idea but i am nervous about building one in South Texas where a poisonous snake, the Water Moccasin is quite common.
Pandy Dierking
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natural Pools
Reply #59 on : Mon November 26, 2012, 00:41:15
wow, living in a dessert, this looks absolutely amazing! Enjoy your water features!
christina aarts
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pool withpout chemicals
Reply #58 on : Sat November 24, 2012, 05:03:10
But how about evaporation here on the Equator?
Patricia Twitter: @patriciastreete
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Passing through and saw your awsome post
Reply #57 on : Fri November 23, 2012, 23:15:10
These are the types of pools you see on MTV cribs. These photos are amazing. Thank you for the insperation!
Rick Craswell
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Costa Rica
Reply #56 on : Thu November 22, 2012, 23:08:26
Do you work in Costa Rica?
Kris Bartlett
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tubes and pump
Reply #55 on : Mon November 19, 2012, 20:57:57
can you explain how big the tubes need to be and type of pump needed. I am in the process of installing a pond and saw this natural pool. I would like to change my design. Is there anyone in Costa Rica that has done one of these pools? I could offer free stay for some help here.
Lulu
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natural swimmimg pool
Reply #54 on : Mon November 19, 2012, 18:23:54
Wowww
Can someone help me? I had a lot to make a shrine where I can retire and other who does not had a place can come and visit too.
Rhonda
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Slime
Reply #53 on : Sat October 20, 2012, 13:40:41
Is everything slimey like in natural ponds. I can't even think about stepping into slime. *shudder*
estela salvatierra
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natural ponds
Reply #52 on : Fri October 05, 2012, 14:21:51
Beautiful natural ponds, wish to make one in my house.
It is a gift to enjoy swimming like if we were in nature
Md Rezaul Karim
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Swimming pool
Reply #51 on : Fri September 28, 2012, 05:24:26
Excellent work.
nasir
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pools
Reply #50 on : Thu September 27, 2012, 03:37:13
does anyone know the exact function of the river rocks/aggregate in the filter area?
Rua Lupa
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Passive Pools
Reply #49 on : Thu September 20, 2012, 10:11:24
"it should be possible to achieve swimming quality water without electric pumps by using gravity (slop over a bund) to force filtering and convection (by heating and cooling) to force circulation." - Graeme

Where can I find this? I am most interested in passive design, which doesn't rely on electrical intervention to work. Are there other potential methods to accomplish this too?
Graeme
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Re: Natural Pools or Swimming Ponds
Reply #48 on : Wed September 19, 2012, 18:21:44
Thanks Inspiration Green,
Hope the other topics are as interesting.
Marian (reply#44 below), your post looks somewhat cynical but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume your query is serious.
Ducks are not recommended they carry human gastro. pathogens especially if there are sources such as sewage ponds nearby(30km). I have exeperience of mountain lakes 3 days walk from the roadend that are unfit for drinking from because of this.
If you let the water fester it is likely to do nasty things to your skin as well as stink, but it should be possible to achieve swimming quality water without electric pumps by using gravity (slop over a bund) to force filtering and convection (by heating and cooling) to force circulation. Having said that a 12 volt bilge pump is dirt cheap and moves surprisingly large amounts of water.
Rick
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Starting my Pond
Reply #47 on : Tue August 28, 2012, 07:15:30
I live in Tampa Florida and have a 10,000 gallon pool in the backyard. It has been raining pretty much every evening for the past month, so I stopped putting chemicals in it. We now have tadpoles in the pool. My wife jokingly said that she always wanted a pond in the backyard. I started researching pools being converted into ponds and stumbled upon this website. I would love as much information as possible. Thanks
designindoor
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interior design
Reply #46 on : Sun August 26, 2012, 20:34:35
wow, never imagine of this pond could be so lovely like this....amazing. Thumbs up
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