Building a Duck Pond?

I got lucky and found someone giving away a 300 gal pond. It looks like it is the same plastic as this tank is made out of. It already has a drain hole. I live in Illinois where it gets quite cold. I am wondering if I need to do anything special to be able to keep it going all year. Also, should I put something soft under it, like mulch or sand? Should I put dirt most of the way around it for insulation? I think I'm going to have to get some kind of pump to keep the water moving. I have a garden, so I thought I would use the water from the tank for that in the warmer months


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February 24, 20180 found this helpful
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I would use crushed gravel underneath to maintain good drainage. If you use something soft it will wash away and undercut your container.

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February 25, 20180 found this helpful
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This may be a bigger project than you are aware of as a pump system can be expensive.

  • I would suggest that you pay a visit to Home Depot, Lowe's or a pond supply store and explain what you have and what you want to do with this free pond.
  • Most of these stores have sales people who have some knowledge about installing and caring for a pond.
  • If you go to a local store, they will be familiar with your climate and can tell you how to keep it safe year round.
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  • Of course, they will want to sell you their products but no need to buy anything that you do not want.
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March 28, 20180 found this helpful

To keep it from freezing in the winter, your best bet is probably a stock-tank heater from the feed store. You should be able to find one for under $50. If you want aeration and movement, buy a small, cheap fountain pump (if you pay more than $25, you're paying too much), and use these plans to make your own biofilter for about $10 worth of materials.

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February 21, 20180 found this helpful

There is a comprehensive article here.

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