MoonShadows said:@EscondidoCal Ah, so you already have experience! So, what I wrote in my first post you probably already know.
That amount of TDS is high, but not knowing the composition of the TDS and it being a pool, I imagine your concern is the TDS are mainly from pool chemicals that have been used? A water change is probably your best route to go so you can at the least sleep soundly at night and at the most not have problems related to the makeup of the TDS down the line.Yes, that's my worry....all the salts from the chlorine, shock, and
Great YouTube video! One of the nicest I ever saw, but I don't think I would drink the water as that woman did.
I used to be a member of the Garden Ponds forum, a huge pond forum. I've seen some folks do some really nice pool conversions. I'll take a look at that paper a little later. It's 3am here, and I haven't had my coffee yet. Too early for anything technical.
MoonShadows said:Wow, that's a lot of ducks! Nice pics.
Looks like unless you can get the water tested to find out the composition of the TDS, you'll have to dump most of the water. I don't know if such a test is expensive or not. Also, I know in some areas of CA, there are strict water restrictions and high costs, right. Would you re-fill from your household water source or have it trucked in by tanker?
Ah, I'm just a pond novice. I only put in our garden pond this past Spring. It's a small 425 gallon raised pond. I was going to damn up a natural spring on our property that runs through a deep depression behind our house, but the 4 inches of paperwork and fees from the State of Pennsylvania put an end to that. (Endangered species study, historic building study, 100 year flood study, run-off study, site survey, relocating "wet land", etc., etc., etc.!)
I still may just dig a hole in our back field and put a well in to feed it. They can't stop me from doing that.
EscondidoCal said:Here is the new duck pond after just 3 months....
Still a long way to go, but so far, so good.
Enjoying it everyday now, and it's been a fun project.
BTW, I have many pics of the process, and will include them, plus what
worked & didn't, when I have more time to update.
EscondidoCal said:Thanks Joanna, Carol, & Jim.
I'll start a thread at the Ideas forum with a condensed timeline of the process.
Basically trial & error, common sense.
Probably will take me another few days if not a week to get it together.
I hope it will inspire others to do the same.
Gotta go work on it now to rescue some small plants that the ducks have
pretty much decimated.