NANFA-- RE:pond liners

Jeffrey Fullerton (
Sun, 25 Mar 2001 15:37:54 -0500

Hello All

I have never had any problems with any pond liners - polyethlene. vinyl
or the EDPM which is essentially the same as the roofing material Ray
uses. For those who have had problems with EDPM this is usually
attributed to the talc (talcum powder) used to keep the liner from
sticking together when it is rolled or folded up for shipping. This
stuff kills fish by clogging their gills,

The best way to remedy this problem is to wash the liner off while
intalling it before filling the pond up. It is also a good idea to delay
introduction of fish - or start out with expendable feeder fish while
the new pond is being 'seasoned'. Establishment of plants and natural
biofilms on the liner itself help make the pond more hospitable. Even
though ponds have much more leeway to work with it is still possible to
have "New Pond Syndrome" like "New Tank Syndrome".

I usually get my liners from a place called Dripworks - or a local
garden center for small jobs. Ray however seems to have a really good
thing going with access to cheeper or 'free' liners and his project is
progressing in leaps and bounds!


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