pondless at vacation spot?

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by jbirdturf, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. jbirdturf

    jbirdturf LawnSite Member
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    Hey guys,

    I have a customer that has a lake house that he visits probably 1 or 2 times a month. He has been asking about having a waterfall installed there, but I am concerned with installing this feature, and not leaving it running. He doesn't want to keep it running when he is not there. Is there any way to install a pondless feature, with falls, that is only ran 1 or 2 weekends a month? What would you guys do in this situation?
     
  2. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
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    just install the pump on a switch. He can turn it on and off when he gets there and leaves. You could put it on a timer that has an extended schedule option if you could find it, but I suspect the switch is the easier/cheaper alternative.
     
  3. XStream Aquatics

    XStream Aquatics LawnSite Member
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    That's the great benefit of having a pondless, it doesn't have to run 24 hrs. a day. Just make sure you make your basin large enough so that when he turns it on it doesn't empty out or drain the water down to low (a check valve is another good idea). You do have to worry about the water if it's only ran 1-2 times a month. There's alot of different treatments for this, I like to Fountec.
     
  4. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
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    If its only going to run 1/2x a month then there aren't going to be any plants in it and you can just put a couple pool chlorine tabs in the basin to keep the water clean.
     
  5. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Doesn't chlorine tabs shorten the life of the liner?
     
  6. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
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    forget the Chlorine tabs. Do your aquatic planting in the reservoir basin as normal.
     
  7. XStream Aquatics

    XStream Aquatics LawnSite Member
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    I would love to know this answer with proven test results. Tell ya what, I've got a good friend that knows some of the top dogs at Firestone and will see what he can find out.
     
  8. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
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    hmm I never thought of that. i'll have to ask my supplier next time i bump into him.
     
  9. The Pondlady

    The Pondlady LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
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    Think about putting a in-line chlorinator. Get one with a control valve so that you can adjust the chlorine level. We have one on our pool and it works great.
     
  10. scooterbug311

    scooterbug311 LawnSite Member
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    just remember if the water sits too long without running the water or getting air into it the nitrogen cycle will start to take over and you will have alge. i dont care what anyone says nature will try and complete that cycle by starting it up with alge. if he is gone and comes back he is going to have a real nice clean up... and that IS the truth. anyone that claims you dont need filtration in a pondless needs to stop posting on this web site. you need filtration in everything. cuz if you dont mama earth will.
     

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