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Old 11-17-2005, 03:28 PM   #1
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Outdoor SW pond

How hard would it be to create an outdoors (backyard) saltwater pond?
I'm assuming this would be very hard because whenever it rains, it would decrease the salinity of water and when the water evaporates in the sun it would increase the salinity of the water. How could this problem be fixed? Just add FW when it evaporates and put some extra salt in when it rans?

Just wondering how hard this would be/ practical it would be. This a stupid idea?
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This a stupid idea?
I dont know about stupid, but it seems like it would be monumentally difficult.
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Really, not even worth considering. You usually see a question like this about once a month (usually it's a swimming pool). Can you imagine the algae problems you would probably have, maintaining temperature, etc...
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I suppose it could be possible, but expensive depending on the size of SW pond you are thinking about. As far as top off, that would be difficult trying to use RO/DI water versus tap to maintain balance, pH, and SG.
Also, depending on the size, LR would be a fortune for bio diversity. Plus, you would need some huge outdoor pumps, and a huge chiller/heater combination to maintain consistency.

What's stupid? Putting a shark tank in the back of a hummer for viewing pleasures. I can't remember who it was, but it was a rapper.

It's not a stupid idea..I think we have all thought about this from one time to another. If I had the money, energy, and time, I would consider doing a small pool for one. I'm sure someone out there has done this before. Whether it was successful or not, I don't know.

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SeaWorld does it...
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I would hate to foot that bill. 8O

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Old 11-17-2005, 06:40 PM   #7
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Suuuuure they do. And with a Seaworld budget too.
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Ah. I have revised my idea now .

How but an outdoor pond underneath an overhang? Like next the house so that no rain water would get in it, and I could install a lighting system above it without the sunlight.

The only problem then would be maintaining temperature right? And of course always the $$ issue but that can be fixed .
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That would be a better deal. Also heating the thing wouldnt be that bad of a problem. You could get a huge RO/DI unit and setup an auto top off system.


Honestly, I don't thing it would be very tough to do at all. The only hard part would be the cost.
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Well, there's the evaporation issue with such a large surface compared to the depth. Then there's contamination (rain, dirt, dust, CATS), then there's lighting, circulation, water changes and oh yeah, the MONEY AND TIME involved might be something.

Honestly, you're talking about a small staff of people and a large, running budget. Other than that you're good!
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