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I am not very comfortable with electrical stuff, especially mixing it with water. I wanted a bubble pool on my patio and a friend helped me set one up after convincing me that it was safe. It is cheaper to buy the stuff separately than buying the kit.
I have mine on top of a large ceramic plant pot(it is the reservoir for the water) If you are concerned about safety with children you can use a large plastic container as the reservoir but bury it in the ground.
We used a small pond pump, two bricks to sit the pump on inside the reservoir; a large plant pot saucer to sit snug on the plant pot. we drilled a hole in the centre of it. You can even use a round mesh plant support. The three holes in the plant pot were plugged with wine bottle corks and reinforced with aquatic glue for good measure.
You need an outdoor electric plug to plug the pump into, to circulate the water. The SOLAR pumps are touch and go even in a sunny summer!
We got a bag of pebbles to spread on the plant saucer, filled the plant pot with water, adjusted the flow on the pump and bingo.......another wish come true.
All in all it cost me less than £30.00p and it did not take long for the little birds to start using it as a birdbath and watering hole.
I have set them up for a few of my neighbours too, after they saw mine.
The only downside for me is that I have to put it away in the winter, but then I do that with the fish pond pump etc.too. besides, it's too cold to sit in the garden then!!
So, please do have a go,if you love water in your garden.If an old woman like me can do it, so can anyone, good luck
Where do you get the plastic coated grille from?
Hi, you can use "plastic coated grill" OR a large plant pot saucer to fit the opening of the resivour. they ae available in GC's. The plastic coated grill is ones sold as plant supports.
I did my own years ago but is soon suffered from green slime how do you stop the slim from building up ?? my god did it smell
Hi James, a couple of drops in an urn the size of mine stops the problem. Mine is set up in March, after the danger of frost is past and lasts till October. I dismantle it all then and drain the urn. I wrap the pump in a couple old towels and replace it in the urn. It sits on an upturned plastic pot. The pot is then covered with an old piece of carpet and kept dry with a waterproof cover. By the way, since I took that picture I lowered the "tray" and covered the edge with pebbles.
a couple of drops of what ??
Sorry James, a couple of drops of washingup liquid. Don't put toooooo much, unless you want a REAL bubble pool. Besides, it might harm the birds that come to bath and drink from it!