Turning a cesspool into a fish pond

PonDgUrU

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I had this nasty cesspool that didn't smell particularly pleasant and it was quite an eyesore
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So I drained it and scrubbed it and pressure washed it
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Got a hold of a couple 150 gal rubbermaid stock tanks and turned them into bio filters.. Each tank filters around 4000 gallons of water per hour but with my head height I only run around 3000 per hour through them
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After i decided on two 4500 GPH pumps i started filling it again
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i had to acquire all the hyacinths to put in the filters from a local drainage canal because texas wont let you purchase or transport them
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Then i added a couple dozen goldfish to keep the mosquitoes in check until the water turned clear and i could add more fish
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And that ladies and gentleman is how i did it.. I am still making small changes here and there like the pumps got elevated by about 2.5ft, I submerged a very large log and I am adding a bunch of rocks about the size of basketballs to try and make it more natural for the fish

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skjl47

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Hello; I like what you did. The "cesspool" label had me curious. Was it an actual cesspool used to collect human or animal waste? It does not matter as far as what you have done, just curious.
 

PonDgUrU

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Hello; I like what you did. The "cesspool" label had me curious. Was it an actual cesspool used to collect human or animal waste? It does not matter as far as what you have done, just curious.
Well I had loose farm animals so they'd get in and deficate around the pool and the rain would wash it in there lol it was just really really nasty stagnant water.. My dogs wouldn't even drink it
 
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krichardson

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Outstanding! Did you have any help with the work and what are the dimensions of the pool,looks like it would be a great home for some rays,are they lefal in Texas?
 
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PonDgUrU

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Outstanding! Did you have any help with the work and what are the dimensions of the pool,looks like it would be a great home for some rays,are they lefal in Texas?
It's a 21x8. On the deep end its 6' and on the shallow end its close to 3' deep.. The only thing I didn't think up were the actual filters.. A company called beautiful ponds and gardens in Michigan has a step by step on how to make a filter.. Just google "skippy filter" They're spot on man my water turned crystal clear in less than 30 days.. I just spent a few weeks gathering all the materials and worked on it for a whole weekend to get it up and running
 
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kendragon

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Looks great. Any reason why you didn't use the original pool drains and filter? The fencing around like that it would be the perfect structure for a shade cloth. Helps take the load off the filter.
 
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