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Leaking pond liner

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 14:47

Hello again all. Our revamped pond is coming on a treat & is looking good. A friend of ours who lives app 5mls away had all his fish (19) taken by a heron whilst he was away for a short period, (forgot to lay his netting) We'd never seen one in our neck of the woods until last week when we spotted one sat atop a near neighbours roof. After watching it for some time it still hadn't moved a muscle. I have a very fine, black nylon net stretched taut across the pond to catch the falling leaves from the trees behind & it's hardly detectable, now of course it's serving a dual purpose with a heron around. Okay now the reason for the thread. Does anyone have an opinion on these pond vacs? Can't decide whether to invest in one or not. The UV filter that's running 24/7 does get a helluva lot of detritus in it's 2 sponge filters etc. & I'm removing & cleaning it maybe every 6 weeks or so. So thought about these vacs & am looking for some input, the only reviews I have seen have been from manufactures.  

Thanks in advance.


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Posted: 31/07/2014 at 22:44

Good luck with it Lyn.

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Posted: 31/07/2014 at 20:21

Hi all. So here we are at the end off a lot of hard graft, which included the draining of the pond twice to try to rectify leaks. The fish seem happy to be away from the holding tank (a big barrel ) I'm certainly happy that it's all finally finished. Just need the plants, mainly the ivy at the back that I had to cut away to get at the liner, to re-establish itself, the bit you see is  er! fake, but covers up the filter outlet till the good stuff re-grows.

 Thanks again for all the interest.

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Posted: 26/07/2014 at 22:00

Fair enough, I just figured that some might be getting board with my saga. The pond isn't quiet finished yet, but the fish are back in situ, from the confinement of their temp home & the filter pump is up & running. It'll be a few more days yet before it will warrant a picture, but I will post up as soon as I'm happy with the final result.

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Posted: 26/07/2014 at 16:51

Thanks, it's a no-brainer really. I declare this thread well & truly closed. Thanks for all contributors.

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Posted: 26/07/2014 at 09:27

Update on fishpond recon. Well advanced now, new underlay, Butyl liner, paving flags cemented around the pond in castellation form etc, but need advice before I refill & re-install the fish. There's an overhang of the slabs of app 2" & so the mortar pointing under the slabs adjoining the liner, finishes off the appearance. Now I need to paint this mortar to blend in. The eventual water level will be app 2" below the bottom edge of the pointing, so do I need to apply the "special" paint that seals the lime content of the mortar mix in, as is recommended for concrete ponds, or would it be okay to use, say, a "normal" matt paint, or even a spray paint, which would be a lot neater. I'm sure I'll get good advice from this forum.

Leaking pond liner

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 14:53

Update. Well what a turn up. Ended up with a great deal from Bradshaws after I'd decided to buy from a local Aquatic Centre, who would do the 5m x 4m Butyl liner & underlay  for £200, but, after ringing Bradshaws again with a query I had, who's price was £207.99 with a delivery date of 5 to 7 days, I just happened to mention that I'd rung earlier trying to use the discount code, which was rejected. The query was sorted, then they said that they would waive the P&P which was around £18+ & give me delivery tomorrow for the £207.99 What a result. Thanks again to Lyn for the Bradshaw's link, I'd never heard of them.  

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Posted: 08/07/2014 at 14:16

Hi Lyn. Thanks for the code, but they wont accept it. No problem, but it was worth a try.


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Posted: 08/07/2014 at 08:59

NO!  The pond is now empty, fish in a large holding tank that I can get the filter pump in so they are happy (glad someone is) all plants/ivy either disposed of or in a water trough & the surrounding paving slabs & huge rocks that formed a waterfall are all cleaned up & stacked ready for re-installing. All I have to do is to decide on the liner & underlay which is looking like the Butyl, leaving the existing underlay, which is very tatty & the old liner in situ. I'm hoping to get a PM from Lyn soon regarding a discount voucher code.

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Posted: 04/07/2014 at 23:22

Yeah, the Butyl would cost just over £200 with the 10% off, the EPDM is out of stock, as is the Firestone. Methinks 10 years would see me out! hence the cheaper liner option. So it's a second look at the tarp.

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