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    Pool to Pond Conversion

    I converted a 16x4' pool into a temporary (a year or so) pond. 2 MCA aerated BD's, 4 - 55 gallon moving beds, 2 static chambers, shower with 40 gallons of bioballs. I added about 1- 55 gallon drum of cycled media and the pool only turned to an iridescent green for about a week but never did turn pea soup green. It's been up and running for 3 weeks with the 5 Shiro growouts & 3 goldies and the water is crystal clear, no ammonia or nitrites. I'm going to start moving my big girls over this weekend.




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    Looking good!!!

    If those 4x4s holding up the showers are treated wood....replace them with nontreated wood. You don't want wood treatment chemicals leaching into the water column.

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    Thanks, Michael. I think they are treated but they're reused fence posts that were in the ground over 10 years before pulling them up 3 years ago. Hopefully, there's no chemicals left in them.

    How long would it take to show ill effects to the fish? I've had fish in it for almost a month.

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    Not micheal, but here is my take

    First off, just because it has been used for 10 years, there are a lot of chemicals left in the wood. More than I would want for my good fish. As for how long it would take, think in human terms. How long does it take for you to show symptoms of an exposure to poisons? and by the time you show any symptoms, do you think it would be too late to do anything about it? If you have fish you love, why put them through that? Spend a few extra bucks and use untreated.

    Something else, the pool you are using is pretty tough, and ought to last for a while. lots of water, not much cost. I sometimes use several of them for Q tanks when I get in shipments of fish. But when they fail, and they will, do you have some way to back it up? ie another tank?

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    I'm just seeing this.

    Yes, I have another pond if this pool falls but hopefully they won't be in it next summer.

    I'm going to replace the wood holding up the shower. Actually, I was looking at that this afternoon when I was cleaning the filters and doing a water change.

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    thats one complex system especially with it being temporary!!
    seems to be working well though

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    Yep, it's working great.

    I have 6 big girls 25"+ each and 4 growout Shiros about 14" each.

    I'm also doing about 300 gallons a day flow through.

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    if it works as you say it does then its a result!
    well stocked also,so all is well !!

    jon

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